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!
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.
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 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!
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!
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?
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!
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.
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- 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
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. Original Recipe Source: WickedGoodKitchen.com Copyright © Wicked Good Kitchen. All content and images are copyright protected. Please do not use my images without prior permission. If you want to republish this recipe, please re-write the recipe in your own words. Alternatively, link back to this post for the recipe.