Candied Pecans

My Candied Pecans recipe are sweet and salty, and are great for snacking or gifting

My Easy Candied Pecans Recipe is the perfect sweet and salty snack, gift, or salad topper! These are quick to make and the perfect garnish for sweet and savory dishes!
Easy Candied Pecans Recipe only take minutes to make

This is the BEST Candied Pecan Recipe Ever!

Actually, not only are these candied pecans the best, but they are incredibly easy to make. Today I am going to share all my favorite ways to enjoy these glazed pecans…because there are many! This is an easy recipe that I have been making for years, and I’m not sure what took me so long to share. I use pecans a lot in my recipes like this Pecan Pie Cheesecake, Caramel Pecan Coffee Cake, and of course my Pecan Pie Recipe.

My Candied Pecans recipe are sweet and salty, and are great for snacking or gifting

Every time I go to Trader Joe’s I pick up a pack of their Pecan Pralines (I think that’s what they’re called) because they are omg so delicious. If you haven’t tried them, you NEED to. But what I realized, is that candied pecans are incredibly easy to make, and let’s face it, nothing is better than warm, sweet and salty nuts right out of the oven.

How to Make Candied Pecans

How To Make Candied Pecans

Glazed or candied nuts of any sort are really easy to make. I have a fantastic Glazed Macadamia Nut Recipe here on my site that is RIDICULOUSLY good. But these Candied Pecans take two steps…one in the skillet and then a few minutes in the oven.

The oven portion of the recipe is solely to crisp up the pecans. You can skip this step if you want to, but when the sugary coating gets crunchy it’s the BEST!

  1. You toast the pecans lightly in some butter in a large skillet, this brings out the natural flavors!
  2. Next you add in some brown sugar and stir constantly until it melts and starts to caramelize.
  3. Toss in some cinnamon, salt, and water too. You can skip the cinnamon if you want, but definitely don’t skip the salt. You can use kosher or sea salt. OR if you’re sensitive to salt you can wait until the end and salt them to taste when they come out of the oven.
  4. Don’t forget the vanilla. Add in some vanilla before you out them in the oven for another layer of flavor!
  5. Spread them on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake them for just a few minutes until the are lightly crisp and a little toasty. It will only take a few minutes.

Candied Pecans are an easy sweet and salty recipe

What Else Can You Add To Homemade Candied Pecans?

You can switch up the flavor profile of these glazed nuts easily! Here are a few things to add:

  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika to make them sweet and savory
  • 1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper to give them a little heat
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin spice to make them a seasonal treat
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest for a citrus kick

What Can You Use Candied Pecans On?

Candied nuts are super versatile!

I hope you enjoy these Candied Pecans as much as we do in my house! Give them a try!

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Candied Pecans

  • Author: Shelly
  • Prep Time Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield Yield: 3 cups 1x
  • Category Category: Nuts
  • Method Method: Baking
  • Cuisine Cuisine: Snack

Description:

These Candied Pecans are the perfect sweet and salty snack. They’re great on their own, on salads, in cookies, or as a garnish to your favorite chicken dish!


Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons salted butter
  • 3 cups pecan halves
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt or sea salt
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In a large skillet, melt the butter over medium heat. Add in the pecans and stir continuously for 3 minutes, to lightly toast the pecans.
  3. Add in the brown sugar, and stir for an additional 2 minutes to melt the sugar.
  4. Stir in the cinnamon and salt, and add the water.
  5. Cook, stir continuously, until the water is evaporated, 1-2 minutes.
  6. Add in the vanilla and stir to coat.
  7. Remove from the heat and spread evenly on the baking sheet.
  8. Bake for 5-7 minutes, until fragrant and lightly crisp.
  9. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely on the baking sheet.

Notes:

Store airtight at room temperature for up to 7 days

Keywords:: glazed pecans, pecans, cookies and cups, glazed nuts, praline, pecan praline, candied pecans, candied nuts

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Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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Janette
October 9, 2021 5:36 pm

I just finished making the recipe and followed it exactly other than cutting a little back on the salt that someone posted and it really need what the recipe said. I like a hard crunch nut. These came out on the soft side. I had them in the oven for 7 minutes ,but I think even if I left them longer they wouldn’t be the candid crunch I enjoy. Taste was good but no crunch.

Kerrie
September 13, 2021 7:50 am

I finally found the Candied Pecan recipe I’d been looking for! After making several disappointing batches using other recipes that started with coating your pecans in whipped egg whites I knew there had to be a recipe floating around that would produce the results I was seeking and this one did exactly that. Super easy-to-follow instructions with simple ingredients leading to a buttery, deliciously crisp, lightly coated, perfectly balanced sweet-n-salty pecan that I can actually still taste rather than a hard pecan-shaped ball of sugar. Thanks for sharing your recipe!

Jen
August 15, 2021 1:16 pm

Way too salty and moist. waste of a lot of pecans

Jill
July 19, 2021 1:52 pm

Perfect! I had my heat set on the low side of medium, so it took an extra minute or two for the brown sugar to melt. The patience paid off! These are fantastic. Perfectly crunchy. I put them in the oven for five minutes, stirred them around on the pan and popped them back in for the additional two minutes. They are not overly sweet, but I like it that way! This would definitely be fantastic with a pinch of cayenne in the salt/cinnamon mix

Cindy
June 27, 2021 5:21 pm

I’m sure this recipe would have turned out fine if I had not used already toasted pecans. Because they were already toasted I skipped the toasting in butter stage. I also think I may have burned the brown sugar a little. Not sure because the pan is black. I too used the Truvia Brown Sugar blend. I toasted them for 6 mins but they were very gooey. So I put them back in the oven for another 5 mins. They got better but a little overdone. Not burned but almost. I feel this is a good recipe but the problem… Read more »

Ren’e
May 31, 2021 3:33 pm

Delicious recipe but I think it could stand a bit more sugar. Increasing it to 2/3 cup instead of the recipe’s 1/2 cup should help. And I used the Splenda Brown sugar blend because my husband is diabetic. I have to use half of the recommended sugar when using the Splenda brown sugar. But I didn’t have any trouble following the recipe and the results were a sheet of beautiful coated pecans. Going to play around with a cinnamon and cayenne combo next time as well. Excited about Christmas gifts this year!

Enora
April 9, 2021 8:05 am

Amazingly simple recipe! They taste incredible. I sprinkled some more sea salt while they were cooling, best snack ever 😉

Ann
March 26, 2021 4:51 pm

Share these with coworkers – and in the words of one of them — these are Dangerously Good!

Linda Ryks
January 28, 2021 3:46 pm

I made this exactly as written. So good! So easy!! This will definitely be my go to recipe for candied nut!!

Rebecca
January 9, 2021 7:17 pm

I made the recipe exactly as written. Smelled just like the warm pecans you get at stock show or state fairs. These were perfect for the spinach salad I was making. Definitely a keeper!

Jenn
December 31, 2020 5:00 pm

Super easy recipe to make! I’ve made it 2 times now. My 15 year old daughter demolished these! They are great because they are sweet and salty. I was having some issues getting the sugar to melt, so I added in a little bit more butter and that did the trick. You also have to find the sweet spot on your stove top to cook this. I cooked it on medium low-medium and it took longer than the directions indicated, but they didn’t burn at all. I plan on making these next year and giving them away instead of cookies.… Read more »

Dawn
November 1, 2020 2:35 pm

Made these today… followed everything except for the vanilla and they turned out PERFECTLY DELICIOUS! Will use this recipe for gift giving this Christmas. Thank you!

Rachelle
September 26, 2020 10:26 pm

These turned out great! Crispy, coated and roasted. Those having issues of sauce burning, just reduce your heat. I found medium a bit high. The water evaporated nicely and I had no issue with the nuts being gooey or soft. My only tweak would be they need more sweetness. Next time I will try adding a bit of honey to the mix! Thanks for the recipe.

Meredyth
August 23, 2020 4:07 pm

If you want gummy and gooey pecans, use this recipe. Otherwise choose a recipe that brings the sugar/cinnamon/ water mixture to a boil and hard crack stage before adding the pecans and you end up with crunchy, crispy pecans. This was a total waste of my time and pecans. Search hard crack step on line. Very easy to accomplish.

Jennifer Bale-O'Connell
July 15, 2020 6:07 pm

When you say ‘until the water is dissolved’ do you mean the sugar is dissolved’into the water, or the water has evaporated?

Shelly Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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