Candied Pecans are a quick and easy treat made with just four ingredients. Pecans are coated in a brown sugar and cinnamon candy coating.
You’ll love my recipe for candied pecans because it’s quick, simple, and makes a delicious treat! They are made by mixing pecans in a sweet coating made of sugar and cinnamon.
Many candied pecan recipes use egg whites to coat the pecans. My recipe is egg-free, making them vegan friendly.
What can you use candied pecans for? First, they make a great snack or appetizer. Add them to a cheese plate or fill a decorative dish for guests to snack on.
You can also box up candied pecans to give as a gift – try filling a decorative tin or small gift bags.
The best (in my opinion) use? Top your next salad with these pecans – they make the perfect salad topping!
My favorite combination is a grilled chicken salad with cranberries, feta cheese, and pecans.
How to Make Candied Pecans
These quick candied pecans will be cooling in less than ten minutes – it’s that easy! First, gather your ingredients.
For this recipe, you’ll need brown sugar, pecan halves, cinnamon, salt, and water.
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In a saucepan, add your brown sugar, cinnamon, salt, and water. Over medium heat, stir until sugar has melted.
Add your pecans and toss to coat in sugar mixture. Cook your pecans for 3-4 minutes, or until sugar has thickened and begins to caramelize around the edges of the pan. Your pecan will also start to stick together.
Spread your pecans out on a sheet of parchment paper. Break apart any large clumps (if you choose). Allow your pecans to rest for 20 minutes, or until they are no longer sticky to the touch.
Store your pecans in a sealed container until ready to use.
Love making candied nuts? You can also try this recipe with walnuts, cashews, peanuts, almonds, or your favorite nut.
More Snack Recipes
Looking for more gift ideas, or appetizers for your next gathering? Try some of my other recipes below.
- Candied Pumpkin Seeds
- Savory Rosemary Roasted Mixed Nuts
- Pistachio Toffee Dark Chocolate Bark
- Snickerdoodle Puppy Chow Snack Mix
- Sweet Holiday Chex Mix
- Dark Chocolate Pecan Toffee Bark
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon water
- 1 cup whole pecans
- In a small saucepan, combine brown sugar, cinnamon, salt, and water. Stir until combined and melted.
- Add pecans and stir to coat. Cook for 2-3 minutes over medium heat until mixture reduces slightly and pecans become sticky.
- Spread pecans in a single layer onto a lined baking sheet and allow to cool.
- Store in a sealed container until ready to use.