Soon after Ritz-Carlton opened its beautiful hotel on Lake Oconee, Georgia, we stopped by to check it out. We toured around and then stepped into the bar for a glass of wine and there, sitting on the bar, were a bowl of the most interesting and delicious spiced pecans ever.
How I Got the Recipe…
I was apparently not the first person to feel this way, because the bartender had the recipe printed up on cards behind the bar. I call them simply “Ritz Carlton Pecans”, but, officially, the name is Ritz-Carlton Lodge Spiced Pecans.
Spiced pecans with a bit of heat or not?
It’s entirely up to you. I’ve made them many times over the years and everyone loves them. Recently I had a group of friends over and they all went nuts over these nuts!
They asked me if the recipe was on the blog, and when I said it wasn’t, they said it should be! And, so…. by popular demand, Ritz Carlton Pecans.
Now, they pack a pretty good kick, but if you prefer less heat, just cut back on the cayenne accordingly. The flavor will still be amazing without the spicy kick, but we love them that way.
Many people try them and then start trying to figure out what all the flavors are.
Notes regarding cooking time
The original recipe called for cooking 15 minutes, stirring, and then cook an additional 10 minutes. A few readers commented that their pecans got overly brown.
One even stated that she did a ‘kid-friendly’ batch without cayenne side by side with the full amount of cayenne and the two versions browned differently.
Also, the size of pecans can vary pretty significantly which would most certainly affect cooking time. In light of these facts, we have adjusted the cooking time in the recipe and caution to start checking for browness at a total cooking time of 18 minutes.
Ritz-Carlton Lodge Spiced Pecans
- 1 LB. PECAN HAVES
- ½ CUP MAPLE SYRUP
- 1 TBSP. GROUND CUMIN
- 1 TBSP. CAYENNE PEPPER
- 1 TSP. KOSHER SALT
- PREHEAT OVEN TO 350 DEGREES
- LINE COOKIE SHEET WITH PARCHMENT PAPER
- COMBINE ALL INGREDIENTS AND MIX WELL
- ARRANGE PECANS IN A SINGLE LAYER ON SHEET PAN
- BAKE 10 MINUTES, THEN STIR
- BAKE AN ADDITIONAL 10-15 MINUTES, CHECKING FOR BROWNESS AFTER 8 MINUTES.
- ALLOW PECANS TO COOL 5 MINUTES, THEN STIR TO LOOSEN INDIVIDUAL PIECES
- ONCE COMPLETELY COOLED, STORE IN AIRTIGHT CONTAINER
Ritz Carlton Spiced Pecans make a great gift
Perfect parting gifts for your guests, or as a hostess gift to take along with you. Bag them up in goody bags and tie with a pretty ribbon or find some cute little jars. You’ll be a hit to have been so thoughtful.
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