Savory Spiced Pecans Recipe for Entertaining and Gifts

Last Updated on December 11, 2019 by Ellen Christian

You are going to love this savory spiced pecans recipe! The holidays will be here before you know it. And, if you’re like me, you are looking for a few easy make-ahead recipes to prepare. The less last minute preparation I need to do, the better.

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Savory Spiced Pecans Recipe for Entertaining and Gifts

Savory Spiced Pecans Recipe

This savory spiced pecans recipe is the perfect finger food to snack on before the main course is ready. I love offering appetizers and Hors d’Oeuvres to my guests. But, I don’t want them to fill up on something heavy before the entree has been served.  After all, that’s the star of the meal.

These savory spiced pecans are the perfect little treat to nibble on. And, they are something simple that can be made ahead of time. I found this recipe in Table Tales: Do-Ahead Dinner Party Menus that Whet Appetites, Loosen Tongues, and Make Memories by Ray Repp and Richard Alther. I’m sharing it with you with permission.

Savory Spiced Pecans Recipe for Entertaining and Gifts

Table Tales is more than a cookbook. It’s an entertaining guide with plan-ahead mouthwatering recipes and host tips to make entertaining stylish, easy and fun. It’s a must-have book for anyone who loves to entertain and loves great food.

Table Tales Cookbook

What makes this cookbook special? Everything in it can be done ahead, in the freezer or fridge for days, weeks, even months. If you love to entertain but are too busy with work, family, and other activities there are 15 intriguing dinner party menus – each one with incredible canapes, a savory first course, an eye-popping entree, and an unforgettable dessert.

Savory Spiced Pecans Recipe for Entertaining and Gifts

To give you an idea of the types of recipes included in this book, here are just a few titles.

  • Onion Pies with Walnuts and Roquefort
  • Lemon Cream Cheese Layer Cake
  • Ginger and Sweet Potato Soup
  • Pumpkin Spice Layer Cake with Caramel-Cream Cheese Frosting

Savory Spiced Pecans Recipe for Entertaining and Gifts

This book is broken down by menu. There are menus for that include a variety of different main courses, international flavors, and family favorites. You can choose to create the entire menu. Or, you can pick your favorite dishes to prepare ahead. Each recipe includes a note at the bottom explaining how far ahead you can make it and how it should be stored.

Savory Spiced Pecans Recipe for Entertaining and Gifts

Storage tips for this savory spiced pecan recipe

These spiced pecans can be stored in an airtight container for several days. Of course, you can offer them in a bowl to your guests. But, you can also package them up in a Mason jar and give them as a gift during the holidays. You could even use these spiced pecans for salad topping if you prefer.

Savory Spiced Pecans Recipe for Entertaining and Gifts

They are very low carb. You only add one tablespoon of brown sugar this recipe. That means if you have someone that is watching their sugar, they can snack on a few of these with no worries. I always try to have diabetic friendly snacks for my husband and my Mom who watch their sugar.


This easy spiced pecans recipe was a big hit. I plan on trying it next with walnuts and giving some as a gift during the holidays. I might add some cinnamon next time and make a cinnamon spiced pecans recipe. Check out the video for the whole process of making this savory spiced pecans recipe. If you’re planning on serving these for Thanksgiving, check out my tips to inject flavor in a turkey to keep it moist.

Make sure that you pick up a copy of the Table Tales Cookbook from Amazon.

Are these spicy pecans keto?

No, these spicy pecans are not keto-friendly because they contain brown sugar. Keto does not allow you to have sugar or sweeteners. To make this keto-friendly, you would need to use a keto-friendly sweetener like erythritol. I have not tried it before so I am not sure how it would turn out. But, you can find it on Amazon if you want to try modifying this recipe. If you do try it, let me know how it turns out.

Cajun spiced pecans

If you’re like my husband, Cajun spiced anything is a definite plus. So, if you want Cajun spiced pecans, just add a little bit of Cajun seasoning to the pecans when you prepare them. It’s on my list this year to make for my husband.

Savory Spiced Pecans Recipe for Entertaining and Gifts

Yield: 3 cups

Savory Spiced Pecans Recipe for Entertaining and Gifts

Savory Spiced Pecans Recipe for Entertaining and Gifts

Savory Spiced Pecans Recipe for Entertaining and Gifts

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes


  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons chopped thyme
  • 2 tablespoons chopped rosemary
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 3 cups pecan halves


  1. Mix the first 6 ingredients.
  2. Add the lemon juice.
  3. Mix.
  4. Stir in pecans.
  5. Mix well.
  6. Spread in a thin layer on a cookie sheet.
  7. Bake at 250F for one hour stirring every 15 minutes.
  8. Cool completely.
  9. Store in a glass jar.

Nutrition Information:

Serving Size:

1/4 cup

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 242Total Fat: 1gSodium: 5837mgCarbohydrates: 62gSugar: 48gProtein: 4g

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2 thoughts on “Savory Spiced Pecans Recipe for Entertaining and Gifts”

  1. Aw, thanks for the spiced pecan recipe which my mom would love. It's her birthday and anniversary this weekend and would make this for her if I was closer but my card will have to do. I don't do much entertaining so will let others try to win this festive book. I pinned this to Christmas gift ideas--so simple!

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