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Spicy Cocoa Glazed Pecans


1 hour 30 minutes
Skill Level
1-1/2 cups

A candy-glazed pecan is a great thing to have when the winter comes around. The snack combines sweet and spicy with the delicious crunch of a roasted pecan. Our recipe calls for cayenne pepper for a kick and HERSHEY'S Cocoa to cool it down. You can also try this glaze for almonds or peanuts.

Ingredients & Directions

Prep Time
15 minutes
Bake Time
14 minutes
Cool Time
1 hour


  • 1/4 cup
    sugar plus 2 tablespoons, divided
  • 1 cup
  • 1-1/2 cups
    pecan halves or pieces
  • 1 Tbsp
    HERSHEY'S Cocoa
  • 3 to 4 tsps
    chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp
    cayenne powder

Step-By-Step Directions

Equipment Needed 
oven oven
shallow baking sheet shallow baking sheet
bowl bowl
measuring cups measuring cups
rubber scraper rubber scraper
wire rack wire rack

Heat oven to 350°F. Lightly spray shallow baking pan with vegetable oil spray.


Stir together 1/4 cup sugar and warm water, stirring until sugar dissolves. Add pecans; let soak 10 minutes. Drain water and discard.


Stir together remaining 2 tablespoons sugar, cocoa, chili powder and cayenne powder in medium bowl. Add pecans; toss until all the cocoa mixture coats the pecans. Spread coated pecans on prepared pan.


Bake 10 to 15 minutes or until pecans start to glisten and appear dry. Stir occasionally while baking. Cool completely. Store in cool, dry place. Serve as a snack with beverages or sprinkle in salads.

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