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  • Nonstick vegetable oil spray
  • 3/4 cup pecan halves (about 3 ounces)

Recipe Preparation

  • Line baking sheet with foil; spray with nonstick spray. Combine sugar, 2 tablespoons water, and cream of tartar in heavy small saucepan. Stir over medium-low heat until sugar dissolves. Increase heat; boil without stirring until syrup is deep amber color, occasionally brushing down sides of pan with pastry brush dipped in water and swirling pan, about 7 minutes. Remove from heat. Immediately stir in pecans. Quickly pour mixture out onto prepared baking sheet. Working quickly and using 2 forks, separate pecans into individual halves. Cool completely. Break candied pecans apart, leaving each pecan half intact with some candied caramel attached. DO AHEAD Can be made 1 week ahead. Store airtight at room temperature.

Reviews Section

There are two popular ways to make candied nuts: baked in the oven and cooked on the stovetop. Both methods work nicely for pecans, but the quickest, easiest option is to use the stovetop. The stovetop also makes sure that these candied pecans are vegan and egg-free.

These pecans are so simple, you’ll be able to make them anytime you want. Add these to salads, rice dishes, desserts or enjoy them as a snack. I also love them for adding to cheeseboards. You can play around with the spices to really make them your own, but I love making them sweet and salty.

To make the candied pecans, simply combine sugar (I love using brown sugar) with spices, vanilla extract, and a little water. Heat everything up until it looks like a glaze, and then add the nuts. In this recipe, we are using pecans, but other nuts like walnuts, hazelnuts or cashews will also work.

Stir the nuts around the glaze and cook for a few minutes then transfer them to a baking sheet to cool. Once cool, you might need to break apart few nuts that have stuck together, but other than that, you are ready to enjoy!

  • 1 egg white
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 8 ounces pecan halves
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • pinch fine salt
  1. Preheat your oven to 250°.
  2. Separate the egg white from the yolk, keeping the whites in the bowl. Use the egg yolk for another purpose or discard. Firmly whisk the egg whites until frothy. Add in 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract and whisk to combine.
  3. To the vanilla egg whites, add the pecan halves. Toss well to coat.
  4. In a separate bowl, combine the sugar with a pinch of fine salt. Transfer the coated pecans to the sugar, toss until coated with sugar.
  5. Spread the nut mixture out into an even layer on a rimmed sheet pan that has been lined with parchment or a silicone mat.
  6. Bake for 30 minutes on the middle rack of your preheated oven, stirring every 10 minutes.
  7. Allow to cool completely before serving or storing in a glass jar or container with a tight fitting lid.
  8. Pecans should last 2 weeks at the least.

Nutrition Information:


Serving Size:

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Quick Pecan Nut Recipes You Can Do At Home

Fresh Louisiana pecans are great snacks on their own but you can also enjoy using them for different recipes. If you ever find yourself in the face of surprise family visits, or if you simply want a quick yet delightful snack, these easy-to-do pecan nut recipes are your go-to.

1.Cheesy Pecans – This Cheesy Pecan recipe is quite simple but it is one of the best and quickest snacks you can prepare. You will only need a bunch of finely chopped pecans and shredded parmesan cheese for this one.

To prepare your Cheesy pecans, just stir your chopped pecans and parmesan cheese together before throwing them inside your oven. You can bake them for about 7 to 10 minutes, or until they turn into a delightful golden brown color. Let them cool for a bit after and then you are good to go!

2.Chocolate Pecan Clusters – If you are more of a chocolate fan than a cheese fan, then the Chocolate Pecan Clusters are for you. There are only 3 key ingredients for this recipe: chopped pecans, melted butter, and melted chocolates. Simply mix these three before putting them inside the microwave for about 2 to 3 minutes. Let them cool afterwards until they harden and voila! Enjoy your Chocolate Pecan Clusters.

3.Fresh Pecan Quesadilla – Here is another three-ingredient recipe. For this one, you will need chopped pecans, tortilla wraps, and shredded cheese. Just put the chopped pecans and cheese inside the tortilla wrap. Make sure they are secured before throwing the tortilla wrap in a skillet and pan. Make sure to cook each side evenly for about 2 minutes. Once done, let them cool for a few minutes and then you can enjoy their hearty snack.

Pecan nuts are one of the most flexible foods you can use for different recipes, even quick ones like this! The real secret to achieving a rich and flavorful snack is to get fresh pecans for sale.

How to Make Candied Pecans:

To get started, combine brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt in a skillet, and add a splash of water so the sugar has an easier time dissolving:

Stir it all around to combine:

Cook the sugar mixture over medium heat until it gets hot and bubbly:

Raw or toasted both work, but I personally think toasted pecans taste better.

Cook the pecan halves for about 3 minutes, stirring frequently, until the liquid cooks down and glazes the pecans:

Set on parchment paper to cool, then break apart and enjoy:

They are now ready to be used in salads of all kinds!

Or you know, you could just eat them. I do that too.

Very similar to this method is also my 5-minute Sticky Honey Bananas, which you may enjoy as well. Happy cooking!

Candied Pecan Tips and Questions:

These pecans are gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan.

Why are my candied pecans sticky? If the pecans turn out sticky, this means the sugar never reached a high enough temperature to have that hard crack “brittle” coating on the outside. Electric stoves tend to have less heat power and responsiveness as compared to gas stoves, so cook for a few minutes longer if you have an electric stove or a weaker gas stove. Just watch and smell to ensure it doesn’t burn.

How to store candied pecans: Once completely cooled, in an airtight container at room temperature for a week. You can get away with two weeks or longer, but the flavor won’t be as good. They taste best fresh.

Can candied pecans be frozen? Yes, let them cool completely, then store in an airtight container for up to 2 months.

Do they need to be refrigerated? No, but they will last for 4 weeks if you do want to extend the shelf life.

Pecans are so much fun to cook with and eat! They provide a lot of texture, protein, fiber, and depth of nutty flavor to keep you coming back for more.

I have quite a few wonderful pecan recipes&mdashall of them super easy. For example, these roasted pecans only require a few ingredients and a little bit of time in the oven.

Another thing we like to do is garnish salads with pecans. One of our favorites is this apple spinach salad with pecans.

If you&rsquore into sweets, you&rsquoll love these chocolate caramel pecan bars. The mix of flavors in this delightful dessert will have everyone asking for seconds.

Candied Pecans Ingredients

You need several ingredients, but only a little bit of each one. However, if you want to make more, simply double everything.

  • 1 cup of pecan halves
  • 1/4 cup of granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup of brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon of water
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • Dash of salt

If you want, you can increase the cinnamon to give it more of a kick.

During the holidays, you can add some red hot candies to make it more festive.

If you add other candies to the sugared pecans, do so after they&rsquove had a chance to cool.

Otherwise, you might wind up with a melty mess that will still taste good. But it won&rsquot look so great.

How to Make Candied Pecans

Making these candied pecans, as I already mentioned, is easy. But make sure you have everything ready because they cook quickly.

You&rsquoll also need to stand in front of your stove for the whole 5 minutes. Walk away, and you&rsquore likely to wind up with a burnt mess.

If you&rsquove ever had this happen, you know that burned sugar is hard to clean up.

For that reason, I like to place the wax paper on a pan and have it ready. Otherwise, you&rsquoll have to scramble to get it set up.

First, in a large skillet, mix everything but the pecans over medium heat.

Dissolve the sugar and bring it to a light boil.

I like to stir it while it heats up to prevent any of it burning on the pan. I&rsquom always thinking about cleanup.

Secondly, stir in the pecans and cook for another 5 minutes, stirring constantly.

Make sure all of the pecans are coated in the sugar mixture. This is super easy if you keep stirring.

Finally, scoop the cooked pecans onto a sheet pan covered with parchment paper or foil, separate them with the spatula, and allow them to cool.

Please be careful and try not to touch them with your bare hands because they will be super hot.

Serve immediately or place in an airtight container for later.

You can eat them by themselves, put them in a recipe, or use them to top your favorite dessert.

I love crumbled candied pecans over vanilla or chocolate ice cream.

Benefits of Pecans

Although these pecans have a sugary coating, they still have some health benefits.

According to, in addition to protein, fiber, and healthy fats, they are packed with manganese, copper, and thiamine.

One of the things I like about pecans is that they&rsquore filling.

So it only takes a few of them to satisfy my hunger or craving.

More Recipes

If you&rsquore looking for more scrumptious foods to add to your family&rsquos diet, check out other recipes here on my blog.

After having been in a rut many years ago, I now love to find new side dishes. One that I really enjoy is this Brussels sprouts dish. It&rsquos super easy and so yummy.

We like one-pan meals around here, and we love Greek food. That&rsquos why this Greek chicken with zoodles dish is one we look forward to.

My friend Paula has some great recipes on her blog, Call Me PMC. Check out this whipped feta with blistered tomatoes recipe. Talk about flavor!

When it comes to desserts, I&rsquom all over the place. I love this rocky road fudge when I&rsquom in the mood for chocolate.

But when I want something fruity, I often turn to this delicious granola fruit crisp with a dollop of ice cream on top.

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 cheeseboard.

Candied Pecans Recipe

For snacking or for topping on your favorite kitchen creations, these candied pecans created by Chef Devin Alexander contain 10% fewer calories and 83% less sugar* per serving than the full-sugar version.


1 tsp melted unsalted butter


Mix the butter, Truvia Cane Sugar Blend and vanilla.

Place a small nonstick frying pan over medium heat. Add the pecans. Toast them, stirring them occasionally until aromatic and dark brown in color.

Turn off the heat and stir in butter mixture.

Store in a sealed container.

*These candied pecans have 170 calories and 2 grams of sugar per serving as compared to the full-sugar version that has 190 calories and 12 grams of sugar per serving.

Nutrition Per Serving

Easy Candied Pecans Recipe

Lets just start out by saying these Candied Pecans are dangerous! Who knew such simple ingredients could make something so tempting and addictive?

I started making the cinnamon sugar almonds like 10 years ago and I hadn’t even tried any other nut until today. Because I was out of almonds :).

And guess what? I actually like the pecans even better because they have a more delicate and melt-away crunch than the almonds do and they have more cracks and crevices for the sugar mixture to coat.

I basically guarantee if you take these to a party they will be gone in no time. They’re cinnamon caramel flavor coating is insanely delicious. And you’re going to love how quick the prep is.

No candy thermometer required and tending to a hot bubbling syrup, instead here we just coat with a simple mixture and oven bake them for an hour.

Short list of ingredients, simple yet incredible flavor, easy prep – we could all use more recipes like this during the holidays, right? Just try not to eat half the batch before you get around to gifting them (I really have a hard time with that one).

  1. Gather all your ingredients
  2. Melt the butter in a sauce pan over medium heat
  3. Once butter is melted, add the Lakanto Golden Monk Fruit (brown sugar replacement)
  4. Stir constantly until melted
  5. Add in 1 tsp vanilla and stir to combine
  6. Continue to cook down the mixture, stirring frequently for 7-8 minutes until it begins to thicken
  7. Remove the saucepan from the heat, and add in the pecan halves. Toss to coat them
  8. Place the coated pecans in a single layer on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Put the pecans in the refrigerator for 1-2 hours to cool and harden.

Recommended tools for making these Keto Candied Pecans (low carb, sugar free)

Nutrition (per serving) About 6 Servings

Calories: 259.3 | Fat: 27.7g | Carbs: 4g | Fiber: 3g | Protein: 3.08g | Net Carbs: 1g

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