Holiday Party Recipes – Warm Seasoned Pecans

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jar decorated with red winter themed paper and filled with spiced pecans with gift tag tied to bottle

It’s the time of year to start planning what I’ll make for neighbor gifts.  This year I’m moving away from sweet baked gifts to savory homemade gifts. Warm seasoned pecans are one of my  favorite holiday party recipes and it is a family favorite that I’ve inherited from my mom.  The recipe is  easy to make in large batches so it’s perfect for gift giving or for large holiday parties.  I appreciate that it’s easy to make it with subtle seasoned flavor or make it as spicy as you’d like.

I picked the coldest day of the week to run my errands (can I start hibernating for the winter yet?) .  I dropped by Target and was happy to see that they had all the flavors of Tabasco sauce to choose from; Original Red, Jalapeño and Chipotle.  Since the Tabasco sauce enhances the flavors in this recipe, it's nice to be able to choose which flavor you prefer.  Psst, my family loves the smoky flavor of the Chipotle Tabasco.


2 Cups Pecans

1 1/2 Tbsp butter, melted

1 tsp salt

2 tsp soy sauce

1/2  up to 3 tsp Tabasco sauce (depending on your preference)

square white bowl of pecans, next to bottles of hot sauce, and bowls of butter, sugar and dark liquid

Toss the pecans with melted butter and bake at 300ºF for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

hand pouring small bowl of hot sauce over metal bowl of pecans with spoon

Turn the toasted pecans into a bowl and toss with salt, soy sauce and Tabasco sauce to coat.  Serve warm or cooled.

overhead view of spicy pecans in white bowl on white wood table

This recipe can be whipped up in about 4 minutes + 30 minutes baking time.  Plan on making some extra so those mysterious hands can sneak some while you're busy decorating the jars for gifting.

I grabbed several glass jars from my recycled jar stash (I know I'm not the only one with a I-can't-throw-that-jar-away-I-could-use-it-someday collection, right?) and some other supplies I already had.


Recycled glass jar                                                                             Decorative paper

White card stock                                                                               Scissors

Double stick tape

recycled glass jar, red decorative paper, tape, ribbon and scissors

Simply trim a strip of paper to go around the jar and cut a circle to cover the printing on the top of the lid.  I used double stick tape to attach the paper to the jar and lid.  I cut a gift tag out of the white card stock and attached it with decorative twine.  You could easily whip up 8 to 10 jars while the pecans are baking.

close up of open jar filled with spicy pecan with gift tag

Luckily, this recipe is easy to double, triple or more.  I have lots of neighbor gifts to give this year so I'll be making a big batch.  It's nice that I can knock all the gifts out at once by making one large batch.

Are you having a holiday party or planning on giving friends and neighbors a homemade gift this year?  Give my mom's Warm Seasoned Pecans recipe a try and find out how embarrassingly rewardingly easy it is to make.

Pecans in decorated glass jar with bottles of hot sauce in background

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  1. These look delicious! What a great idea for a hostess or neighbor gift. I have Tabasco on hand, I am going to make these for Thanksgiving. #client

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