Cocoa Dusted Maple Pecans

My grandma grew up in Georgia and had a huge pecan tree in her backyard. Every Christmas she would make several different types of toasted pecans ~ spiced, sweet, salted…all were so good. This is my homage to those holiday memories. :-)

Cocoa Dusted Maple Pecans


  • 2 cups pecan halves
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 tablespoon coconut palm sugar crystals
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper


  1. In a medium saucepan, cook pecans and syrup on medium-high heat for 4 minutes, stirring occassionally.
  2. In a gallon plastic bag, shake cinnamon, cocoa, coconut crystals, and cayenne until mixed.
  3. Let pecans cool slightly (a few minutes).
  4. Add them to the plastic bag and shake until the pecans are coated.  Pour out onto a piece of parchment paper until completely cooled.  Shake in a strainer if you want to remove any excess powder (or just enjoy and then lick your cocoa fingers!).
  5. Enjoy!

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