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Five Minute Sweet Spiced Pecans

You can start making these yummy spiced pecans when the guests pull into the driveway. By the time they get into the house, it will be filled with delicious smells. Minutes later, the pecans are in a dish, ready to be nibbled on. These pecans are also great in salads.
Course Snack


  • 2 cups pecan halves
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne or other hot pepper
  • 3 T sugar
  • 4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt


  • Use a large enough skillet so the pecans are in one layer.
  • Melt the butter in the skillet and add the hot pepper.
  • Add pecans to skillet and cook over medium heat. Stir every 30 seconds.
  • After 2 or 3 minutes, stir them constantly until they just begin to brown. Pecans burn quickly, so keep your eyes on them. If the butter starts smoking before this point, turn off the heat and call them done.
  • Stir in cinnamon, salt, and sweetener.
  • Remove from pan and place in bowl (pecans can still burn sitting in the hot pan). When they seem cool enough to taste, adjust seasonings accordingly (if you want more salt or sweetener)