Maple Glazed Pecans

by Dorothy Reinhold on November 27, 2022

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Maple Glazed Pecans are lightly sweet, super crunchy and perfect for a simple snack, a charcuterie board, to top a salad or your oatmeal, or in muffins, scones or other baked goods.

Once you make these, you will dream up all sort of uses for them, I promise.

What to do with Maple Glazed Pecans

  • Eat out of hand as a snack
  • Christmas tree charcuterie plate with rosemary for the leaves and branches and cheese and cherry tomatoes for the ornaments, with Maple Glazed Pecans as the tree trunkPut a bowl of them on your charcuterie or grazing board. In this case, I used them as the trunk of this charcuterie Christmas tree on a plate for two to share.
  • White bowl with cottage cheese, blackberries and glazed pecans on top, with a silver spoon alongside, sitting on a white marble counterSprinkle on your morning oatmeal, or in this case, morning cottage cheese and berries
  • A spoon with granola in it in foreground and a clear glass jar of granola in background on a white marble counterInclude in your homemade granola
  • Christmas spinach salad with fruit and Maple Glazed Pecans on topToss on top your mixed green salad to take it to the next level. Here I made a salad of fresh spinach and arugula and topped it with apples, berries, pomegranate arils and Maple Glazed Pecans.
  • Chop roughly and add some to your scone or muffin batter before baking
  • Sprinkle some on rice pilaf at serving time, for crunch
  • Vanilla ice cream topped with chocolate sauce and pecans in a white bowl with a spoon in the bowlEating a bowl of chocolate or vanilla ice cream (here, with chocolate sauce)? Sprinkle some Maple Glazed Pecans on top. Mmmmm
  • Slice of pumpkin Pie with nuts on top on a white plate with fork behind, sitting on a copy of the newspaperPut them on top of a slice of pumpkin pie to add crunch and dress it up
  • Put them in a pretty jar, label it, tie a bow on it and it becomes a delicious gift!

How to make Maple Glazed Pecans

First, assemble your ingredients. For this recipe, you’ll need:

  • Pecan halves
  • Maple syrup (the real stuff, not “pancake syrup.”
  • Sea salt
  • Black pepper
  • Optional: chile powder or cayenne powder

Mix all ingredients in a mixing bowl, by hand. Stir well to coat all the nuts.

Feel free to leave out the chile powder or cayenne powder, but you are only going to use a tiny pinch, so it doesn’t predominate. Don’t be afraid of it.

Maple Glazed Pecans on a silpat baking matSpread on a parchment- or silicone mat-lined baking sheet, and pop in the oven until they are toasted and crunchy.

Serve in any of the ways described above, and let me know if you come up with other ways to use them!

Let’s get on it and make some Maple Glazed Pecans. I promise they’ll be your new favorite thing.

Maple Glazed Pecans

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: 2 cups glazed pecans

Maple Glazed Pecans

Maple Glazed Pecans are lightly sweet, super crunchy and perfect for a simple snack, a charcuterie board, to top a salad or oatmeal, or in muffins, scones or other baked goods.


  • 2 cups pecan halves
  • 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • Pinch of fine sea salt
  • 3 grinds black pepper
  • OPTIONAL: Pinch of chile powder (or cayenne if you like it hotter)


  1. Heat oven to 325F degrees. Lay a silicone baking liner (or parchment paper) on a baking sheet. This helps with clean-up later.
  2. In a bowl, add pecans, maple syrup, salt, pepper and chile powder if using. Stir gently but well, to make sure the nuts are all coated.
  3. Pour mixture onto the prepared baking sheet, and spread it into a single layer.
  4. Bake 15 minutes, until the nuts look darker and the syrup is bubbling. Turn off the oven but allow the nuts to rest in the oven for 15 more minutes. This will ensure they are crispy.
  5. Remove baking sheet from oven and allow nuts to entirely cool. Store nuts in a clean jar or lidded container, at room temperature. If you will be storing them for a very long time, store in the refrigerator or freezer. But once you taste them, I don't think they will last that long.
  6. Makes 2 cups glazed pecans.


Recipe source: Dorothy Reinhold | Shockingly Delicious

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