Why do pecans have their own holiday? Because they’re amazingly delicious.
From salmon to cupcakes, pecans are a delicious ingredient that can make almost any dish better. April 14th is National Pecan Day (yes, really), so here for your celebrating pleasure are the 15 best recipes featuring the south’s favorite nut.
15. Glazed Carrots with Pecans
I sincerely apologize to carrots for being last on this list, but no one eats pecan dishes to get their daily veggies in. Still, carrots are one of the sweetest vegetables so these two ingredients complement each other perfectly, making this recipe from My Recipes a great side dish.
14. Savory Spiced Pecans
Candy-ing isn’t the only way to bake flavor into pecans. When you’re not craving snackable pecans in dessert form, peep this great recipe from The Kitchn.
13. Rolo Pretzel Bites
Any recipe where you can melt chocolate candy onto pretzel platters makes for a great afternoon, especially when the garnish is a delish pecan. This recipe from the appropriately named Glorious Treats is a perfect candy snack for game days, or treating yourself in general.
12. Butter Pecan Cookies
Several items on this list employ the butter/pecan culinary combo, and these cookies prove why chefs wed these delicious elements. Thanks to Sally’s Baking Addiction for the recipe – we trust any baker who’s addicted to the craft.
11. 15 Minute Candied Cinnamon Pecans
Candied pecans usually take at least an hour, so it was only a matter of time until the internet figured out a faster way. Creme De La Crumb has come up with this brilliant timesaver for the cold autumn evenings when nothing but candied pecans will do.
10. Pecan Crusted Honey Mustard Salmon
Not everything involving pecans has to be a dessert – pecans are a great addition to the smokey taste of grilled salmon. Yummy Healthy Easy shared this, yes, yummy/healthy/easy protein-packed recipe.
9. Paleo Coconut Pecan Breakfast Bars
Thank goodness nuts are considered paleo, because that is one rough diet. And thank goodness we have people like Momma Young At Home around to give us paleo hacks like this one.
8. German Chocolate Icing
The German people are known for desserts so rich and decadent that the rest of the world can’t always handle them. You’ve been warned! Traditional German chocolate cake is great by itself, but add this pecan icing and you’ve got yourself a knee-buckling treat (for a couple reasons).
7. Chicken Salad Sandwich with Cranberries, Apples, and Pecans
Like the glazed carrots and salmon recipes, this uber healthy sandwich creatively uses pecans and fruit to sweeten up a savory chicken salad dish. Thanks to Very Culinary for this sandwich, which is perfect for any season and full of interestingly intermingling flavors.
6. Pecan Cobbler
We all know how much southerners enjoy our cobbler, and pecans being the most southern nut of them all (besides your family members), this is a match made in baking heaven. Call Me PMC shared this awesome recipe which is heavy on brown sugar, as it should be.
5. Clean Eating Pecan Pie
This pecan pie recipe is somehow paleo, gluten free, AND free of refined sugar. This means you can totally justify eating massive quantities in one sitting, which is all anyone wants out of pie. Thanks to Feel Great In 8 for this guilt-free recipe.
4. Pecan Pie Cake
Sometimes you don’t want to clean eat though! I don’t think I can top Sweet Jeanette’s own description of her recipe: “This cake will make a grown man drop to his knees, birds will sing, and your children will ask you to let them wash the dishes.”
3. Praline Crack
Hard crack candy is named ‘hard crack’ for a reason. This homemade variation from Cookies & Cups combines only six ingredients into the delicious treat you see here, including a whole lot of butter. Hey, none of us are here for our health.
2. Butter Pecan Ice Cream
Few things are as refreshing or rewarding as homemade ice cream, but throw butter and pecans into the batch and you will pretty much die and go to dairy heaven. Add A Pinch came up with a great comprehensive recipe that uses cream cheese, just like your grandma used to.
1. Chocolate Bourbon Butter Pecan Pie Cupcakes with Butter Pecan Frosting
Yeah, you read that right. This almost illegally decadent recipe is not for the faint of sweet tooth – a little goes a long way. Plus the mix only calls for one cup of bourbon, so it is the baker’s prerogative to take a couple swigs during the cooking process. Recipe here, courtesy of Half Baked Harvest.