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rum glazed pecans

Rum Glazed Pecans

It’s a week before Christmas and the festivities are fully underway. My shopping is just about done (thank goodness for Amazon Prime, am I right?), the kiddos have their school Christmas parties, and this Saturday is our big family get together with my side of the family. Ever since my brothers and sister and I have gotten married and had our own kids, our big group get together fluctuates. It’s never quite the same every year, but we always make sure to carve out a little time together – to have a meal and exchange gifts and just plain be together for a time.

With schedules being busy, it doesn’t seem to matter that we all live 15 minutes away from one another because we will go weeks between visits. The not having a chance to see each other more often is crumby, but it just makes me look forward to our Christmas celebration even more. This year, we’re eating pizza and everyone is bringing snack or dessert to share. My plan is to bring these gorgeous Rum Glazed Pecans. Throw in a cocktail and that is my kind of party.

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I wanted to come up with a little nibbly bite to accompany a fantastic clementine rum cocktail (recipe coming Thursday!) and an awesome slice of Greek pizza (which I’m holding out that you’re getting, right Mom?) and thought these Rum Glazed Pecans would be a great sweet/salty snack. There is a slight sweetness from a touch of sugar, but the complex spice blend coupled with the intense flavors of the Captain Morgan Black Spiced Rum takes these pecans way beyond any typical candied pecan. Beautiful rounded spice with just a hint of sweetness. Perfection!

These rum glazed pecans not only make great cocktail party finger food, but also decadent holiday gifts, as well. Package them in little mason jars tied with ribbon and a lovely tag for an instant hostess gift.

**This recipe is part of my holiday submission for the Captain’s Table Challenge. Throughout the end of January, Captain Morgan will donate $1 to WhyHunger every time the hashtag #CaptainsTable is used across social media. So if you whip up any rum infused goodies or cocktails, be sure to share them with the #CaptainsTable hashtag to help fight hunger this holiday season!**

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Happy Tuesday!

**Disclosure: This post is part of a challenge sponsored by Captain Morgan. While I wasn’t paid for this post, I received some product and ingredient reimbursement to create recipes for the Captain’s Table Challenge. 

Rum Glazed Pecans Recipe

Yield: 6 - 2oz servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes


12 oz pecan halves, toasted
Spice Mixture
2 tsp granulated sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground allspice
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/8 tsp cardamom
1/4 tsp kosher salt
Rum Glaze
3 Tbs Captain Morgan Black Spiced Rum
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 tsp granulated sugar
1 1/2 tsp light brown sugar
2 tsp unsalted butter


Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

In a small bowl, combine spice mixture ingredients (2 teaspoons granulated sugar, cinnamon, allspice, cloves, cardamom and salt) and set aside.

To a small saucepan, add Captain Morgan Black Spiced Rum, vanilla, remaining granulated sugar, light brown sugar and unsalted butter. Bring mixture to a simmer over medium heat and allow to simmer for 1 minute. Add toasted pecans and toss to coat. Allow mixture to bubble gently until liquid is almost gone. Remove from heat and sprinkle spice mixture over glazed nuts, tossing to coat evenly.

Spread nuts out on prepared baking sheet and allow to dry completely. Nuts can be stored in an air tight container at room temperature.

December 17th, 2013

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11 comments on “rum glazed pecans”

  1. Love this! I just may have to make these to bring over to my Dad’s Christmas Eve Celebration (we’re having a big pasta dinner! Though we do sometimes go the pizza route 🙂 ) These would be so good with a glass a prosecco!

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  3. These look great! You’re right — they’re a perfect little snack for nibbling before a bigger meal! The photos look great too! Thanks for sharing.

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  7. Hi, thanks for sharing the glazed pecans recipe, I can’t wait to try it. I’ve never glazed nuts but have noticed other recipes using an oven to dry the glaze onto the nuts. Did you just leave the pecans at room temperature to dry? Thanks.

    • Hi Anita,

      Yes! I just left them at room temp to allow them to set. You could probably pop them into a low oven for a few minutes to speed the process, just watch them carefully. I haven’t tried that, but I can’t imagine that it wouldn’t work. Again – just watch them closely because nuts can burn quickly 🙂 Enjoy and have a happy holiday season! ~Emily

    • Thanks Emily, I’ll let you know how they work out. Hope you have a lovely Christmas.

    • Oh Emily, I made these today and they are irresistibly delicious. I made half just the way your recipe states and half I dried out in a low oven for a few minutes, both worked great. Now I have to try to resist eating them until our Christmas Eve drinks. Thanks again.

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