10 Halloween Pecan Recipes Your Kids Will Love

10 Halloween Pecan Recipes Your Kids Will Love

Pecan Recipes Blog

Halloween is coming and finding healthy snacks your kids will enjoy can be challenging. Finding a delicious, sweet treat that is both nutritional and fun is not as hard as you might think. 

 

Pecans are packed with over nineteen vitamins and minerals. They also offer a naturally buttery, sweet crunch. These nutty morsels are a great choice for your festive Halloween treats. 



Pecan Sweets 

 

Caramel Pumpkin Pecans

 

Ingredients

 

2 cups of pecan halves

¼ teaspoon of pumpkin spice or cinnamon (optional/seasonal)

½-cup brown sugar

¼ cup butter 

1 tablespoon of water

 

Directions

 

  1. In a deep saucepan over medium heat melt the butter and combine the brown sugar, pumpkin spice, and water. 
  2. Once the mixture is bubbling, slowly add the pecans. Constantly stir to avoid burning and to evenly coat everything. It should take 3-5 minutes or once most of the liquid evaporates. 
  3. Line a baking pan with parchment paper and evenly spread the pecans. Let it sit for approximately one hour to cool and dry. 
  4. Break apart the clusters and serve. 



Chewy Apricot Pecan Cookies

 

Ingredients

 

2 cups of chopped pecans

3 ½-cups of flour

1 ¾ cups of chopped dried apricots (or dried fruit of your choice) 

¼ cup of dark brown sugar 

½-cup granulated sugar

1 teaspoon of baking powder

1 teaspoon of salt

½-teaspoon cinnamon (optional)

1 cup of butter

1 tablespoon of water

2 teaspoons of vanilla extract

2 eggs 

1 tablespoon of honey

 

Directions

 

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease your cookie sheets. 
  2. Mix the flour, salt, cinnamon, and baking powder. In a separate bowl, blend the butter, sugar, water, vanilla, honey, and eggs until well-combined.
  3. Slowly add flour mixture followed by chopped pecans and apricots until dough is formed. 
  4. Use a spoon or equivalent ladle to measure out cookie dough on baking sheets. 
  5. Bake for 10-12 minutes. They are done when the cookie centers are soft. Let it cool. Yields approximately 3 dozen cookies. 



Chocolate Pretzel Pecan Spiders

 

Ingredients

 

2 cups of small pretzel rings 

1 cup of toasted pecan halves

Chocolate frosting spread (can use any frosting flavor you like!)

¾ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

½-tablespoon butter

 

Directions

 

  1. Melt the chocolate chips and butter in the microwave, takes around 2 minutes. Stop and stir with a rubber spatula every 20 seconds. Remove from microwave when there are only a few solid pieces left. Stir for 1-2 minutes, until those remaining pieces melt due to the residual heat. 
  2. Place a small dollop of chocolate frosting on the pretzel rings. Enough to fit a pecan and 8 legs. Press the pecan into the center of the frosting. Break some curved pretzel pieces and dip them in the melted chocolate. Press 4 pieces into the chocolate frosting on each side of the pecan to create the spider legs. For a fun twist, mix up the frosting flavors like cream cheese, strawberry, vanilla, or Halloween color schemes! Drizzle the remaining melted chocolate over the spiders. 
  3. Let it sit at room temperature or in the refrigerator until the chocolate hardens. This recipe yields around 20-24 or as many spiders as you want to make! 



Pecan Brownies

 

Ingredients

 

1 box of brownie mix (your choice)

1 ½-cups pecan halves

1 cup orange chocolate chips 

 

Directions

 

  1. Preheat oven to the specified time on the brownie mix box. Mix ingredients as directed on the box. Slowly blend in pecans. 
  2. Use the recommended baking pan. Be sure to grease all sides or use parchment paper lining. Fill the pan with brownie mix. Sprinkle orange chocolate chips over the top. 
  3. Bake for the recommended time. Usually, 25-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. 
  4. Let it cool before slicing. 



Ghost Cookies: Chocolate Chips and Pecans with Cream Cheese Frosting

 

Ingredients

 

1 ½-cups chopped pecans

2 ½-cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon salt

½-cup brown sugar

½-cup granulated sugar

1 ½-cup cold mini-chocolate chips

1 cup cold butter

2 cold eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

 

Frosting Ingredients:

 

1 ½-cups cream cheese

2 cups of powdered sugar

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Orange sprinkles (optional)

 

Directions

 

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). 
  2. Blend the sugar, butter, eggs, and vanilla. Slowly add the flour and salt to the mixture until dough is formed. Add the chocolate chips and pecans until well combined. 
  3. Roll out the dough between two sheets of plastic wrap until about ¼” thick. Let it chill in the freezer for about 15-20 minutes (chilled dough will keep its’ shape better).
  4. While it chills, prepare the frosting. Blend the cream cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla until a nice fluffy mixture is formed. Set it aside. 
  5. Time to use that ghost-shaped cookie cutter! Cut out chilled cookie dough with your cookie cutter. Place on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 9-11 minutes or until the edges are golden brown. 
  6. Remove and let them chill before topping with cream cheese frosting.
  7. These are ready to serve with or without the topping. Decorate with colorful sprinkles for some Halloween flair! 



Snack Mixes

 

Cheddar Pecan Chex Mix

 

Ingredients: 

 

2 cups of toasted pecan halves

3 cups of equal part Corn, Rice, and Wheat Chex

1 cup of pretzel sticks

2 tablespoons Cheddar Cheese Powder

1 teaspoon paprika 

½-teaspoon salt

1 ½-cups butter 

 

Directions

 

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a baking pan. 
  2. In a large bowl mix the pecans, Chex, and pretzel sticks. 
  3. In a microwavable bowl, mix the butter, paprika, cheddar cheese powder, and salt. Microwave on high for 2 minutes.
  4. Pour the cheesy, butter mixture over the pecan mix and toss until everything is evenly coated.
  5. Spread the mix in the baking pan and bake for 7-10 minutes. Cool and serve! 



Cheesy Spice Pecan Trail Mix

 

Ingredients: 

 

2 cups of toasted pecan halves

1 ½-cups Corn Chex

1 ½-cups Rice Chex

1 cup pretzel rings

2 tablespoons Nacho Cheese seasoning

1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

½-teaspoon salt

1 ½-cups butter 

 

Directions

 

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a baking pan. 
  2. In a large bowl mix the pecans, Chex, and pretzels. 
  3. In a microwavable bowl combine butter, nacho cheese seasoning, cayenne, and salt. Microwave on high for 2 minutes. 
  4. Pour mixture over pecan mix and toss until everything is evenly coated.
  5. Spread it in the baking pan. Bake for 7-10 minutes. Let it cool. Enjoy! 



Sweet and Salty Pecan Chex Mix

 

Ingredients

 

2 cups toasted pecan halves

4 cups Honey Nut Chex

1 cup chopped dried fruit medley (strawberries, apricots, cherries, kiwi, your choice)

½-cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (optional)

2 teaspoons salt

2 tablespoons granulated sugar

¾ cup butter

 

Directions

 

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a baking pan. 
  2. Using microwavable bowl combine butter, granulated sugar, and salt. Microwave on high for 2 minutes, stir at one minute. 
  3. In a large bowl, mix Chex, dried fruit, and toasted pecans. Pour mixture over and toss it. Make sure everything is well coated. 
  4. Evenly spread snack mix onto the greased baking pan and bake for 7-10 minutes, stir at 4-5 minutes. 
  5. Let it completely cool down to room temperature. Gently combine the chocolate chips.  



Sweet and Tangy Pecan Trail Mix

 

Ingredients

 

2 cups toasted pecan halves

1 cup Rice Chex

2 cups of Honey Nut Chex

2 cups of pretzels 

¾ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

1 teaspoon tamarind spice

½-cup granulated sugar

½-cup butter

 

Directions

 

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a baking pan. 
  2. Mix the pecans, pretzels, and Chex in a large bowl and spread it evenly on the baking pan.  
  3. Using microwavable bowl melt the butter and sugar, thoroughly stir it. 
  4. Drizzle butter mixture over the baking pan. Gently mix to make sure everything is coated. Bake it for 7-10 minutes. 
  5. Let it cool down to room temperature before tossing in chocolate chips. 



Popcorn Pecan Frenzy

 

Ingredients: 

 

2 cups toasted pecan halves

3 cups popcorn

1 cup pretzel rings

1 teaspoon Ranch Seasoning (optional)

1 teaspoon salt

2 cups butter 

 

Directions

 

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a baking pan. 
  2. In a large bowl mix pecans, popcorn, and pretzels. 
  3. In a microwavable bowl combine butter, salt, and Ranch seasoning. Microwave on high for 2 minutes. 
  4. Pour butter mixture over pecan mix, toss until everything is evenly coated. It’s ready!