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Overhead view of a half of a bowl filled with candied pecans.

Candied Pecans

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


Candied pecans are buttery, packed with brown sugar and cinnamon, and perfect on top of desserts or savory foods. These sweet and salty nuts are also a great snack! 


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


  1. Preheat your 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, until the pecans are lightly toasted. 
  3. Add in the brown sugar, and stir for an additional 2 minutes, until the sugar is melted.
  4. Stir in the cinnamon and salt, then add the water.
  5. Cook, while stirring continuously, until the water is evaporated, about 1-2 minutes.
  6. Add in the vanilla and stir until combined. 
  7. Remove the nuts from the heat and spread them evenly on the baking sheet.
  8. Bake for 5-7 minutes, until the candied pecans are fragrant and lightly crisp.
  9. Remove the nuts from oven and allow to cool completely on the baking sheet.


  • Store candied pecans in an airtight container at room temperature for 1 week, or in the freezer for 6 months. 
  • You can use other types of nuts if you prefer, or use a mixture of different nuts. 


  • Serving Size: 1/4 cup
  • Calories: 212
  • Sugar: 6.9 g
  • Sodium: 17.1 mg
  • Fat: 19.7 g
  • Carbohydrates: 9.5 g
  • Protein: 2.3 g
  • Cholesterol: 5.1 mg
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