Candied Pecans

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Candied Pecans

Use these for snacking or cocktail parties... or my favorite- chop and add to salads!

Yield: 1 1/2 cups

Prep Time: 15 min

Cook Time: 8 min


1 1/2 cups pecans
1/2 cup granulated white sugar
1/2 cup water
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla


1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a nonstick rimmed baking sheet with nonstick spray, or line with parchment paper.

2. In a medium saucepan, stir together pecans, sugar and water over medium heat. Stir in cinnamon and salt. Continue to stir until the mixture becomes very syrupy and begins to reduce. Watch the heat and turn it down, if needed. Stir in the vanilla. The syrup will begin to get darker, but don't let it burn. Stir until the syrup has reduced so much so that there is very little left besides coating the pecans (see photo). The whole process should take about 5 minutes, give or take a minute or two.

2. Spread the pecans out on your prepared baking sheet. Bake for 3 minutes, then check for crispness. Bake an additional 2 to 3 minutes, if needed. Keep a close eye- you don't want them to burn!

3. Cool completely, then break apart.


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  • Franny wrote:

    These were really bad!!! Recipe did not work at all.

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      What exactly happened? I make these all the time!

  • Irene wrote:

    Yesterday I made my own. I make them every November because Candied Pecans are a favorite of my husband on the holidays. I learned to make them at age 17 at a Golf and Country Club I worked at. I learned the recipe well and every time they are a success. I fry my pecans until a golden brown, then transfer them to a plate with paper towels. Then I make my syrup, let it bubble up, add my pecans, coat and finish toasting in the oven for 15 minutes. It reaches a hard candy stage and when cooled they shine and are like brittle. Amazing!!

  • Lynna wrote:

    These sound wonderful! My dad LOVES pecans. I`m sure he`ll love these too.