12/06/2014 03:26 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Spicy Sugared Pecans to Make Christmas Tex-ified

Sugared pecans are a time honored tradition in Texas, for just about every holiday. This spicier version is super fun for Christmas!


Sugared pecans are a time honored Texas tradition. They’ve been on many a holiday table in my lifetime, though this spicier version is new to me. New, and completely addicting!

I know that many folks think of pecans and Georgia in the same thought, but pecans are one of Texas’s largest crops. Growing up, my nan had a giant pecan tree in her backyard, and every summer, my sister and I spent hours combing the grass for those precious brown and black shells.

I can smell them now - the woodsy, smoky smell that accompanies the outer shell. And the hours spent at my grandparents’ kitchen table, shucking those shells so the pecans could be preserved for the rest of the year.

Precious hours in the company of grandparents passing on the importance of gathering what nature gives us, and using it all year long. It’s a lesson I hope to pass on to my son in spades, as well as an appreciation for all flavors native to Texas.

Cinnamon and cayenne are a match made in heaven, especially to a Texan palate. (Don't believe me? Just try my Mexican Chocolate Chewies Cookies!) You’ll find them paired with chocolate most of the time, but they marry so well that you can add them to anything – cream cheese frosting, roasted nuts, even cookie dough – and find yourself falling head over heels for the creation.


What I love most about these sugared pecans is how quick and easy they are. You can package them up in sweet little sacks with ribbon for homemade Christmas gifts, or simply put them out in strategically placed bowls for your Christmas party. Your party guests will find themselves coming back again and again for handfuls.

They’re excellent atop cakes, in cookies, and could even be used in pecan pie. They’re so quick to make, you’ll be putting them in everything! Toss them in Erin’s  gluten free granola recipe or even chex mix to kick things up a notch.

Get the recipe for Sugared Pecans on Food Fanatic now!


About Amber

Amber is a native Texan, born to a family of fabulous cooks. She shares her love of all things Tex-Mex and Southern both on her blog, Bluebonnets & Brownies, and here on Food Fanatic. She heavily endorses the use of the contraction "y'all".