How To Candy Pecans – The Easy Way! These Candied Pecans are a delicious addition to any fall dish. They’re perfect on sweet potatoes, pumpkin pies, they also make a lovely addition to salads and yogurt. Or, just eat them straight up!
Every year around the holidays the malls fill up with novelty kiosks. Everything from crazy weird toys to gourmet fudge. And it seems like there’s always one that sells my favorite holiday snack, Candied Pecans.
I love the sugary crunch and nutty flavor, plus they make a wonderful gift. But they can also be crazy expensive. I mean sure, nuts aren’t cheap to begin with, but I always feel a little cheated when I spend $10.00 on a 1/2 cup of candied pecans. And I’m sure I’m not alone.
So I decided I would start making them at home, I get way more for my money and they only take about 15 minutes to make, so it seemed like a no-brainer! Plus, they can easily be packaged up in a cute jars or bags and used as stocking stuffers, neighbor gifts, or additions to a gift basket.
They’re really great for snacking too! I love to bring a big bowl with me to holiday get-togethers so people can munch on them throughout the night. They’re also great for serving up with sweet potatoes, pumpkin pie, or holiday Chex mix!
What You’ll Need For This Candied Pecans Recipe:
- Skillet – I prefer to use a nonstick pan since it’s a lot easier to clean in case some of the sugar burns or sticks.
- Pecan Halves – It’s best to use pecan halves for this recipe as smaller pieces won’t be as great for snacking.
- Vanilla Extract – Since this is such a simple recipe, you want to use a high-quality vanilla or make your own for the best flavor.
- Melt butter in a large pan over medium heat.
- Once butter is melted, stir in the sugar and stir frequently for a few minutes until it begins to bubble, then add the pecans.
- Stir continuously for about a minute making sure to evenly coat the pecans with the sugar coating, add vanilla extract a teaspoon at a time, stirring in between.
- Sprinkle in nutmeg, cinnamon, and salt.
- Turn heat to low and stir continuously for 2-3 minutes.
- Let nuts cool in the pan for about 5 minutes. Stir occasionally so they don't stick to the pan.
- Spread pecans out on parchment or wax paper, breaking up any large clumps. Allow them to fully cool then package for gifts, store in a plastic bag or container, or start snacking!
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This post was originally published October 2013 and updated on September 15, 2017.