Make plenty of these mildly sweet and salty nuts--they are great to have on hand over the holidays.

Peggy Knickerbocker
Source: EatingWell Magazine, November/December 2007




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Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

  • Spread pecans on a large baking sheet. Roast until fragrant, about 12 minutes. Watch carefully so they don't burn.

  • Combine brown sugar, salt, thyme, rosemary, pepper and piment d'Espelette (or cayenne) in a small bowl. Transfer the roasted pecans to a large bowl, drizzle with oil and toss well to coat completely. Sprinkle with the spice mixture and toss again. Serve warm or let cool completely and store in an airtight container.


Make Ahead Tip: Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

Tip: Piment d'Espelette is a sweet, mildly spicy chile pepper from the Basque region of France, ground into a powder. Find it online at

Cut Down on Dishes: A rimmed baking sheet is great for everything from roasting to catching accidental drips and spills. For effortless cleanup and to keep your baking sheets in tip-top shape, line them with a layer of foil before each use.

Nutrition Facts

107 calories; protein 1.3g; carbohydrates 2.4g; dietary fiber 1.4g; sugars 0.9g; fat 11.1g; saturated fat 1g; vitamin a iu 11.4IU; vitamin c 0.2mg; folate 3.2mcg; calcium 10.3mg; iron 0.4mg; magnesium 17.3mg; potassium 59mg; sodium 52.5mg; thiamin 0.1mg.

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Rating: 5 stars
I have been making these pecans since I first saw it in the magazine in 2007. They are addictive. Perfect balance of spicy/sweet/savory. The reviewers saying too much salt are probably using the wrong salt. KOSHER salt is coarse and if you had an 1.5 tsp table salt it probably would be too salty. I use a coarse gray sea salt taste is right on! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
mississippi spiced pecans This was a big hit at my party. Easy to make and very tasty! I will make these again. Pros: easy to make! Cons: pecans are not cheap Read More
Rating: 2 stars
Salt galore This was WAY too salty. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Very tasty These nuts have great flavor. I had read from some people that they were too salty so we did slightly less salt. I like the taste because they have the savory flavor of rosemary and thyme and cayenne but they're also a tiny bit sweet from the brown sugar. We did 1/2 pecans and 1/2 almonds (we didn't have enough pecans) and they both turned out great. We ended up baking them a little before seasoning and a little bit after. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
My family's favourite I have been making these every Christmas for a few years now. I have gradually cut back on the salt (I use only 1 tsp. now) and they are even better than before. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
very yummy Only problem I had was too much salt. Other than that very good! Pros: quick Read More