Usually in October, I start hoarding fall and winter candle scents for the house. I remember getting pumpkin spice and balsam candles from bath and body works and burning them so carefully to try to make that scent last as long as I could.
These days the selection of fall and winter candle scents has EXPLODED. We walked into bath and body works the other day to find that there were SO many variations of pumpkin this or that. It was truly overwhelming and confusing.
I’m here to tell you there is another way to get your house smelling like the holidays and the result is actually delicious.
Spiced Candied Pecans
Baking at home will help make your home smell amazing. Baking HOLIDAY goods will make it smell even better. The scent of warming cinnamon, nutmeg and clove just make me just as happy as eating these spiced candied pecans.
My favorite holiday spices mixed together are:
- Ground Ginger
I also love combining these spices with my favorite nut of all time, the pecan. Pecan has a naturally maple like flavor that goes great for breakfasts, desserts and snacks.
Speaking of snacks, spiced candied pecans make a great gift packaged up in a mason jar for friends, family, co-workers or people that you need a great homemade gift for.
Pro Tips and Tricks
- Make sure you are using real grade A maple syrup for this recipe and not pancake syrup. Pancake is just a mix of sugar and maple flavor.
- Double or triple this recipe to make a big batch to use for gift giving.
- After the spiced candied pecans come out of the oven, they will continue to cook for a bit in the hot pan. Make sure they are FULLY cooled before eating or packaging so they can dry out properly.
- Every oven is different so it is important to make sure you are checking on your pecans often to see if they are burning. They can burn very quickly so check, stir and rotate every 5-7 minutes unless you know your oven very well.
- Preheat oven to 325
- In a small saucepan, heat coconut oil, vanilla extract and maple syrup over low heat until everything begins to melt together.
- Add pecans and remaining spices and stir everything together until everything is fully coated.
- Spread pecan mixture on a baking sheet making sure no pecans are clumped together.
- Bake in oven for 20 minutes flipping and rotating half way through.
- Remove from oven and place pan on cooling rack until pecans are fully cooled (about 45 minutes).
Valerie Skinner is a Whole30 approved personal chef & recipe developer that bridges the gap between healthy eating and busy lives by providing simple healthy meals and recipes for you and your family.