Our 12 Nuttiest Pecan Recipes

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This nut native to North America stars in dessert dishes all throughout the fall season. Candied, crushed, or caramelized—pecan recipes hold an important place in the canon of American sweets. Not only do they pack a sweet, nutty flavor, but pecans are also packed with protein. Check out our favorite pecan recipes.

Hummingbird Cake

Hummingbird Cake

Hummingbird CakeMatt Taylor-Gross

This luscious, fruit-and-nut-studded layer cake honors the legacy of the Southern cook Edna Lewis. Get the recipe for Hummingbird Cake »

Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecan Crumble

Sweet Potato Casserole Pecan Crumble
Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecan CrumbleTodd Coleman

This sweet potato casserole is an especially festive, over-the-top take on the Thanksgiving classic, topped with a crisp pecan crumble and dotted with marshmallows. Get the recipe for Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecan Crumble »

Glazed Pecans

Glazed Pecans
Glazed PecansPenny De Los Santos

Coated with a sour cream-based glaze and baked in the oven, pecans become a toasty, sweet snack. Get the recipe for Glazed Pecans »

Candied Pecans

Candied Pecans

Candied PecansPenny De Los Santos

A combination of balsamic vinegar, sea salt, and brown sugar turns pecans into a toasty, addictive snack that's perfect for nibbling alongside apéritifs. Get the recipe for Candied Pecans »

Blue Ribbon Pecan Pie

Blue Ribbon Pecan Pie

Blue Ribbon Pecan PieJames Roper

The toffee-like interior and beautiful bronze top layer of halved pecans won Rubyane Surritte first place in the pie contest at Oklahoma's Drummond Ranch. Get the recipe for Blue Ribbon Pecan Pie »

Arlene's Coffee Cake
Arlene's Coffee CakeFarideh Sadeghin

Contributor Jamie Feldmar gave us this recipe for cinnamon and pecan-laced coffee cake; the original came from her grandmother's neighbor, and has been passed down through the women in her family. With a tender texture thanks to sour cream in the batter, it will stay moist for several days after baking, making it a great make-ahead dessert or breakfast. Get the recipe for Arlene's Coffee Cake »

Pecan Buns

Sage and Coconut Caramel Sticky Buns

Pecan BunsSAVEUR

Jonathan Brooks of Milktooth bakes these extreme pecan sticky buns atop a caramel sauce made with coconut milk, ale, coffee, and barley malt syrup—the bitterness of the sauce balances the sweet buns. Get the recipe for Sage and Coconut Caramel Sticky Buns »

MUESLI
MuesliMatt Taylor-Gross

This muesli is a flavorful take on the original raw-cereal mixture developed in Switzerland by Maximilian Bircher-Benner in the early 20th century. Get the recipe for Muesli »

Pecan Pie Ice Cream Pie
Pecan Pie Ice Cream PieMaxime Iattoni

Pecans are mixed into the crust and the vanilla ice cream, ensuring each bite is filled with buttery, sweet nuts. Get the recipe for Pecan Pie Ice Cream Pie »

Pecan Sticky Buns

Pecan Sticky Buns
Pecan Sticky BunsIngalls Photography

Three types of sugar sweeten this recipe for sticky buns swirled with cinnamon and drizzled with pecan sauce. Get the recipe for Pecan Sticky Buns »

Pecan Cream Cake

Pecan Cream Cake
Pecan Cream CakeLandon Nordeman

Packed with coconut and pecans and covered in cream cheese frosting, this cake is a specialty of Georgia home cook Cile Ellis. Get the recipe for Pecan Cream Cake »

Pecan Squares
Pecan SquaresFarideh Sadeghin

Walnuts may be substituted for pecans in these soft, rich, and chewy cookies. Get the recipe for Pecan Squares »