Easy Candied Pecans

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  • Total: 18 mins
  • Prep: 8 mins
  • Cook: 10 mins
  • Yield: 3 Cups (24 servings)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
120 Calories
11g Fat
5g Carbs
1g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 3 Cups (24 servings)
Amount per serving
Calories 120
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 2g 9%
Cholesterol 4mg 1%
Sodium 0mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 5g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Protein 1g
Calcium 10mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Candied pecans make a fabulous snack for holiday guests and parties. These glazed pecans are coated with a buttery brown sugar syrup and then baked to crunchy perfection. All you need is to boil butter, corn syrup, and brown sugar together, add the pecans, and then bake until brown. This sweet, nutty treat is delicious out of hand, as a topping on ice cream or cheesecake, and wonderful when given as gifts; just fill decorative containers and label.

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons corn syrup (white or Lyle's Golden Cane Syrup)
  • 3 tablespoons packed brown sugar (light or dark)
  • 3 cups pecan halves

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients. 

  2. Heat the oven to 350 F. Line a large rimmed baking sheet (half-sheet pan) with parchment paper.

  3. In a large, heavy saucepan or deep skillet over medium heat, melt the butter. Add the corn syrup and brown sugar and cook, stirring constantly, until the mixture boils.

  4. Add the pecans to the syrup mixture and cook for about 3 minutes, stirring constantly. 

  5. Spread the syrup-coated pecans out on the prepared baking sheet.

  6. Bake in the preheated oven for about 7 minutes, or until the pecans are browned.

  7. Cool completely and transfer to a covered container. 

  8. Store at room temperature for up to 2 weeks.

Ways to Use Candied Pecans

If you can resist not eating all of these right off of the baking sheet, sugar glazed pecans are delicious when added to several different types of dishes. Pop a few onto a salad with crispy, warm goat cheese rounds, or crush up and use to coat a savory cheese ball. Top a scoop of ice cream or gelato, like sea salt caramel, for a crunchy bite, or mound a few on a pumpkin swirl cheesecake. These sweet nuts are also the perfect touch to almost any cheese board.

Other Sweet Pecan Recipes

A good, simple recipe for candied pecans is always great to have in your collection, but it's also nice to have a few other interesting versions to make either in combination or in place of when you're looking for something a bit different. Baked sugared pecans turn out a lovely pale color, where pecans are folded into a sweetened mixture of whipped egg whites and then baked. When you have a bit of time and are looking for something without the sugar, slow-roasted buttered pecans is a nice choice. Or if you need the recipe to be somewhat hands-free, a slow cooker sugar pecan recipe may be just right.

If you'd like a little spice, try Cajun-seasoned pecans using a homemade Cajun spice blend, or if you can't decide, perhaps a sweet and spicy candied pecan is the perfect recipe.