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Candied Pecans Recipe

These quick and easy Candied Pecans are the best sweet and salty garnish, mix-in, gift or snack.  They are super versatile, crazy simple to make and totally addicting.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Dessert, Garnish, Snack
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 250kcal
Author: The Carefree Kitchen


  • 2 cups Pecans whole
  • 2 Tablespoons Butter
  • ½ cup Brown Sugar
  • ½ teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • ¼ cup Water
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchement.
  • In a large frying pan over medium heat, add pecans in a single layer and toast, stirring occasionally until fragrant and lightly golden. You may need to do this in a couple of batches. Once toasted, remove the pecans and set aside.
  • In a medium saucepan, add the butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, salt and water. Bring to a boil, then continue to boil for 2 minutes, stirring constantly, until the liquid has reduced.
  • After 2 minutes, turn off the heat and add the toasted pecans and vanilla extract. Stir until coated, then pour the pecans onto the prepared baking sheet and spread out so that the nuts aren't touching. Bake in the preheated oven for 5 minutes.
  • Bake in a preheated oven for 5 minutes, then remove from the oven and let cool completely.
  • Use immediately, as a garnish or snack, or store in an airtight container in the fridge. Enjoy!


Calories: 250kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 11g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 320mg | Potassium: 122mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 102IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 1mg