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10 Ways to Cook With Pecans This Holiday Season

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Fall has arrived, and with it comes cooler weather, changing leaves that turn trees into fiery sunsets,  shorter days, longer nights, and the heady scents of fall baking wafting on the breeze out open windows.

I don’t know about where y’all are from; but in the South, October to December are peak Holiday baking months, and one of those ingredients you can be sure will show up frequently in Holiday dishes are Pecans.

Let’s stop a moment here to discuss something important.

How do you say it?  Pee-canz or Puh-kahns?  

No matter how you say it, pecans are a  delicious staple in Holiday baking in the most Northern, and Southern kitchens.

Whether they’re candied, spiced, baked, or roasted; pecans are versatile and delicious.

It doesn’t matter if they’re in a breakfast bake, a pecan pie, pecan tarts, cookies, or topping a cake, pecans are one of the ultimate holiday baking ingredients.

Do you have a favorite pecan recipe?  If you don’t have one yet, you’re sure to find one amongst these 10 Perfect Holiday Pecan Recipes.

  • Sticky Caramel Pecan Biscuit Bake 1 of 11
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    This isn't your typical breakfast bake, it's biscuit based, topped with a sticky caramel pecan topping that will wake up your taste buds and delight the whole family.

    Sticky Caramel Pecan Biscuit Bake Recipe and image credit: A Southern Fairytale

  • Roasted Pecan Pumpkin Butter 2 of 11
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    Close your eyes and imagine freshly toasted bread slathered with this Roasted Pecan Pumpkin Butter, or how about some french toast with this as a topping.  The possibilities are delicious, and only limited by your imagination.

    Roasted Pecan Pumpkin Butter recipe and image courtesy of How Sweet Eats.

  • Candied Pecans 3 of 11
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    Candied pecans are perfect for snacking, topping salads, adding to brownies, or just bagged up as a treat for your favorite neighbor, friend, or teacher.

    Candied Pecans recipe and image from Recipe Girl

  • Pecan Pie Squres 4 of 11
    Pecan Pie Squares

    Perfect for wrapping individually and gifting, taking for a holiday brunch at school, or for a cozy afternoon of baking in the kitchen with family; these pecan pie bars are sweet, gooey, and crunchy.

    Pecan Pie Squares bars image via PolkaDotChair.Com  Pecan Pie Squares recipe on A Southern Fairytale

  • Browned Butter Pecan Pie 5 of 11
    Browned Butter Pecan Pie

    I love a recipe with a story behind it, and Ali's stories about her Granny and this pecan pie is so sweet.  Ali updated this pie a bit with some delicious browned butter, and she put her own spin on it, which makes me want it even more.

    Caramelized sugars and pecans, plus the history make this pecan pie one that is sure to disappear quickly.

    Browned Butter Pecan Pie recipe, story and image via Gimme Some Oven

  • Mexican Chocolate Tart with Cinnamon Spiced Pecans 6 of 11
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    Soft chocolate ganache, a crispy crunchy crust with a kick and cinnamon spiced pecans will make this Mexican Chocolate Tart with Cinnamon Spiced pecans be the first dessert to disappear off the holiday dessert table, and will have people clamoring around to get the recipe.

    Mexican Chocolate Tart with Cinnamon Spiced Pecans recipe and image via Love and Olive Oil.

  • Chocolate Pecan Bundt Cake 7 of 11
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    Chocolate glaze, chopped pecans top this layered bundt cake and turn it into a finger licking, plate scraping holiday delight.  I think this might even be plate-licking good.  Bundt cakes are wonderful because they're easy to make, easy to cut, and they just look pretty.

    Chocolate Pecan Bundt Cake recipe and image via Is This Really My Life!

  • Mini Pecan Phyllo Tarts 8 of 11
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    If you want all the delicious taste of pecan pie, without all the calories - these mini pecan phyllo tarts from SkinnyTaste or only 68 calories per tart! 

    Mini Pecan Phyllo Tarts recipe and image by SkinnyTaste

  • Caramel Turtle Tart 9 of 11
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    Caramel, chocolate and pecans combine in this new twist on an old childhood favorite.  This Caramel Turtle Tart is a delightfully sticky, sweet, and crunchy dessert.  Just make sure to have lots of napkins or wet wipes on hand!

    Caramel Turtle Tart recipe and image via Buns in My Oven.

  • Bourbon, Bacon, Pecan Sticky Buns 10 of 11
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    Bourbon.  Bacon.  Pecans.

    I shouldn't need to say more.

    Oh yes, these are sticky buns.  These are sticky buns to the nth degree.  Savory, sticky, salty, sweet, crunchy... YES.

    Bourbon Bacon Pecan Sticky Buns recipe and image via Country Cleaver.

  • 10 Pecan Recipes to Make This Holiday Season 11 of 11
    10 pecan recipes for the holiday season

    10 delicious, unique, and can't miss pecan recipes to make this holiday season

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