Candied pecans

Candied pecans are a delicious treat that can be enjoyed on their own or used as a topping for various dishes like salads, desserts, or even as a snack. Here’s a simple recipe to prepare candied pecans:


  • 2 cups pecan halves
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Optional: 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon or other spices of your choice (e.g., nutmeg, pumpkin spice)


  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or lightly grease it.
  2. In a medium-sized saucepan, combine the granulated sugar, water, vanilla extract, salt, and optional spices. Stir the mixture over medium heat until the sugar has dissolved completely.
  3. Add the pecan halves to the saucepan and stir to coat them evenly with the sugar syrup. Continue cooking the pecans in the syrup for about 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally. The syrup will thicken slightly.
  4. Using a slotted spoon or a fork, transfer the pecans onto the prepared baking sheet, arranging them in a single layer. Try to separate any pecans that may have clumped together.
  5. Place the baking sheet in the preheated oven and bake the pecans for about 15-20 minutes, or until they become golden brown and fragrant. Stir the pecans once or twice during the baking process to ensure even cooking.

  1. Remove the baking sheet from the oven and let the candied pecans cool completely on the sheet. As they cool, they will become crispy.
  2. Once the pecans have cooled down, you can store them in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week. Enjoy them as a snack or use them as a topping for salads, desserts, or any dish you prefer.

Note: Keep a close eye on the pecans while baking, as they can burn quickly. Adjust the baking time accordingly to achieve the desired level of crunchiness.

That’s it! You now have a batch of delicious candied pecans ready to enjoy.

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