Sugar and Spice Maple Pecans with Candied Orange & Cranberries

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Sugar and Spice Maple Pecans with Candied Orange & Cranberries ~ Quick and easy, salty-spicy-sticky-crunchy-sweet irresistible! The perfect and impressive holiday gift from the kitchen, cocktail nibble or movie night party snack. Bakes up in just 15 minutes! #Christmas recipeSimply irresistible as well as quick and easy for Christmas! Our spiced roasted maple-glazed pecans with sugared fruit, Sugar and Spice Maple Pecans with Candied Orange & Cranberries, is the ideal festive holiday gift from the kitchen. Serve this impressive salty-sweet, sticky-crunchy and spiced just right nut and fruit mix as a cocktail nibble for parties or a movie night snack. Everyone will love this holiday treat!

A Favorite Gift from the Kitchen ~ Quick & Easy Style:
Spiced Maple Glazed Pecans with Sugared Fruit

One of my favorite things to make and give as Christmas gifts is Spiced Maple-Glazed Pecans. However, this year I decided to finally make this concoction that has been knocking around in my head for months on end with all of my favorite holiday flavors, Sugar and Spice Maple Pecans with Candied Orange & Cranberries, and share it with you.

My friends, these combined flavors are perfect to celebrate the Christmas season and the taste is simply phenomenal. After my husband devoured a huge sample, he proclaimed, “This tastes like Christmas!” I couldn’t agree more.

Sugar and Spice Maple Pecans with Candied Orange & Cranberries ~ Quick and easy, salty-spicy-sticky-crunchy-sweet irresistible! The perfect and impressive holiday gift from the kitchen, cocktail nibble or movie night party snack. Bakes up in just 15 minutes! #Christmas recipe

Diced sugared candied orange peel, sugared dried cranberries and diced crystallized ginger.

If you have been reading this blog for a while now, you know how much I enjoy pairing citrus and cranberries with anything. I mean, you can find a holiday turkey recipe for Brandy and Tangerine-Glazed Roasted Turkey and a stuffing recipe for 5-Star Apple Sausage and Cranberry Stuffing. When served together, you will have a splendid combination of citrus and cranberry to enjoy. Even my cranberry sauce, Brandied Apple and Orange Cranberry Sauce, has orange in it. Furthermore, my recipe for Christmas Cranberry Buckle has chopped candied orange peel in it along with a subtle whisper of spices. Citrus rocks.

When short on time, consider fine-quality prepared candied orange peel in lieu of homemade for quick and easy recipes.

Candied Orange Peel Strips by Olive Nation

Candied Orange Peel made in Spain from prized Seville oranges by OliveNation.

It is a fact that I also have a propensity to add ginger to anything. When given the opportunity, I will even spice up cocktails with ginger. Here on the blog, you will find two (2) cocktails with a splash of ginger—Ginger Boulevard (aka Gingered Boulevard Manhattan) and Coconut Ginger Lime Margarita. Layers of flavor, people. That’s just how my taste buds roll.

Therefore, it should be no surprise that I added citrus, in the form of sugared candied orange peel, sugared dried cranberries and crystallized ginger to my Spiced Maple-Glazed Pecans. The combination is truly sublime. I just love it and cannot wait to give some as gifts this holiday season!

Sugar and Spice Maple Pecans with Candied Orange & Cranberries ~ Quick and easy, salty-spicy-sticky-crunchy-sweet irresistible! The perfect and impressive holiday gift from the kitchen, cocktail nibble or movie night party snack. Bakes up in just 15 minutes! #Christmas recipe

Roasted Maple-Glazed Pecans on their own are incredibly addictive with their salty-sweet and slightly sticky but crunchy wickedness. Now imagine them spiced for the holidays with the addition of ‘sweet with zing’ from the sugared candied orange peel and cranberries as well as the optional crystallized ginger. Out-of-this-world!

Sugar and Spice Maple Pecans with Candied Orange & Cranberries ~ Quick and easy, salty-spicy-sticky-crunchy-sweet irresistible! The perfect and impressive holiday gift from the kitchen, cocktail nibble or movie night party snack. Bakes up in just 15 minutes! #Christmas recipe

Bonus: This mix is super easy to prepare with minimal prep and is so impressive. Just mix, bake, cool and fold in chopped sugared fruit. Bake time is only 15 minutes. How easy peasy is that?

Sugar and Spice Maple Pecans with Candied Orange & Cranberries ~ Quick and easy, salty-spicy-sticky-crunchy-sweet irresistible! The perfect and impressive holiday gift from the kitchen, cocktail nibble or movie night party snack. Bakes up in just 15 minutes! #Christmas recipe

Our Sugar and Spice Maple Pecans with Candied Orange & Cranberries recipe makes the perfect snack as a holiday treat or cocktail nibble for holiday parties.

This scrumptious nut and fruit mix is also the ideal Christmas gift from the kitchen. Serve guests this snack mix for movie night and consider placing a jar filled with it on bedside tables for holiday overnight guests along with a bowl of fresh fruit. Your holiday guests will feel so pampered!

Sugar and Spice Maple Pecans with Candied Orange & Cranberries ~ Quick and easy, salty-spicy-sticky-crunchy-sweet irresistible! The perfect and impressive holiday gift from the kitchen, cocktail nibble or movie night party snack. Bakes up in just 15 minutes! #Christmas recipe

For gift-giving, layer nuts and sugared fruit in an attractive jar with an airtight seal. If desired, add a festive ribbon and tie with a bow fashioned with a jingle bell. Then add a holiday gift tag embellishment. Jars with seal and red lid from The Container Store.

Whip up a few batches of this special holiday treat for yourself, family and friends. (Be sure to make plenty as it goes fast!) You will be so glad you did.

Bon appétit!

xo,

stacysig

 

 

 

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Sugar and Spice Maple Pecans with Candied Orange & Cranberries ~ Quick and easy, salty-spicy-sticky-crunchy-sweet irresistible! The perfect and impressive holiday gift from the kitchen, cocktail nibble or movie night party snack. Bakes up in just 15 minutes! #Christmas recipe

Sugar and Spice Maple Pecans with Candied Orange & Cranberries ~ Quick and easy, salty-spicy-sticky-crunchy-sweet irresistible! The perfect and impressive holiday gift from the kitchen, cocktail nibble or movie night party snack. Bakes up in just 15 minutes! #Christmas recipe

Sugar and Spice Maple Pecans with Candied Orange & Cranberries ~ Quick and easy, salty-spicy-sticky-crunchy-sweet irresistible! The perfect and impressive holiday gift from the kitchen, cocktail nibble or movie night party snack. Bakes up in just 15 minutes! #Christmas recipe

 

 

 

Sugar and Spice Maple Pecans with Candied Orange & Cranberries

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: Makes over 1 pound of sugar and spice nut and fruit snack mix.

Sugar and Spice Maple Pecans with Candied Orange & Cranberries

Simply irresistible as well as quick and easy for Christmas! Our spiced roasted maple-glazed pecans with sugared fruit, Sugar and Spice Maple Pecans with Candied Orange & Cranberries, is the ideal festive holiday gift from the kitchen. Serve this impressive salty-sweet, sticky-crunchy and spiced just right nut and fruit mix as a cocktail nibble for parties or a movie night snack. Everyone will love this holiday treat!

Ingredients

  • 4 cups (1 pound/454 grams) unsalted pecan halves
  • 2 teaspoons (10 grams) kosher salt or kosher sea salt
  • 1¼ teaspoons fine-quality ground cinnamon, such as Penzey’s
  • ½ teaspoon freshly grated whole nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon fine-quality ground allspice
  • Dash of fine-quality ground cloves
  • 6 tablespoons (90 ml) pure maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) almond or light olive oil
  • ½ cup (100 grams) granulated sugar or pure maple sugar
  • ½ cup (80 grams) diced candied orange peel
  • ½ cup (80 grams) dried cranberries, such as Ocean Spray®
  • ¼ cup (40 grams) diced crystallized ginger, optional

Preparation

Arrange oven rack in lower third of oven and preheat oven to 350ºF. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.

Place pecans on prepared baking sheet in a single layer. In a small bowl, stir together salt and spices until well combined. Sprinkle spice mixture evenly over pecans; drizzle with maple syrup and oil. Using a rubber spatula or wooden spoon, stir pecans until well coated and spread into a single layer.

Bake in preheated oven, stirring every 5 minutes (to ensure even browning), until fragrant and caramelized, about 15 minutes. If desired, continue to bake for an additional 3 minutes, after stirring, for a darker brown color and deeper caramel flavor.

Transfer to wire rack to cool completely on baking sheet. Once cool, break apart nuts and store in an airtight container. If desired, for a nice presentation, use fingertips or a paring knife to whisk away or trim any strands of caramelized sugar.

While the nuts are cooling, place sugar in a small bowl. Add diced (or chopped) candied orange peel to lightly coat with sugar. Set aside on a small plate, then lightly coat the dried cranberries.

After the nuts have cooled completely, gently toss in sugared orange peel and cranberries. If desired, add crystallized ginger. Store in airtight container at room temperature.

Notes

Tips:

Apple pie spice may be substituted for cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice. Simply use 2 teaspoons apple pie spice and add the same amount of cloves called for (a dash).

If desired, candied orange peel can be chopped into 1½ inch strips instead of diced.

Store nut mix in an airtight container at room temperature. It can be stored for up to one (1) week.

For gift-giving, layer the nuts and sugared fruit in an attractive jar with an airtight seal. If desired, add a festive ribbon and tie with a bow fashioned with a jingle bell. Then add a holiday gift tag embellishment.

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About Stacy

Stacy Bryce is a recipe developer and member of the IACP (International Association of Culinary Professionals). Her passion is developing original conventional baking recipes as well as special diet recipes to include dairy-free, gluten-free and grain-free. You can follow Stacy at Pinterest.

Comments

  1. Stacy this really does look very impressive! Can’t wait to try it :0

  2. I love these sugar and spice pecans, Stacy! Wonderful flavors and an irresistible holiday treat! 🙂
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  3. I completely agree my dear, the best snack and gift is from the kitchen. I just shot for my next nuts posts, for gifts. This sounds so good Stacy, anyone would be more than happy to receive it.
    xoxo
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    • Thank you, Ash! Cannot wait to see your recipe featuring nuts for gifts from the kitchen. Knowing your good taste, they’re fabulous! xoxo

  4. Stacey, can you use other nuts?

    • Hi there, Alison! Thank you for writing with such a great question. Yes, of course. You can simply switch out the pecans for almonds, walnuts and/or pistachios. Each one will taste fabulous! I only went with pecans because I especially like how this particular nut (when toasted and glazed with maple syrup) tastes with orange and cranberry, even ginger. 🙂 Once again, thank you for writing. Wishing you and yours a wonderful holiday season!

  5. Hello!
    Can you please tell me where you buy your crystalized ginger.
    This looks delish and I want to make some.
    Thank you
    Dianne

    • Hi there, Dianne! Thank you for writing. To answer your question, I have been ordering my crystallized Ginger Slices from King Arthur Flour since Williams-Sonoma stopped carrying their Australian Crystallized Ginger slices in their line of specialty foods. You can also order online at Amazon.com. I prefer the brand Olive Nation and also order their candied citrus via Amazon.com. If ordering online is not an option due to the holiday time frame, if you have these stores in your area try Earth Fare, The Fresh Market or Whole Foods Market. These are my top resources here in Indy for specialty baking ingredients. Good luck and I hope you enjoy this special recipe for Maple Pecans with sugared and candied fruits. It’s so good! Thanks again for writing and Happy Holidays!

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