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Candied Pecans Recipe

Course: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Chill Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 10
Calories: 399kcal
Easy to make, these delicious candied pecans are perfect for holiday snacking! Seasoned with brown sugar, vanilla and cinnamon, they take minutes to make with a few pantry staples.
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  • 1 cup brown sugar 213 grams
  • 2 tablespoons water 28 grams
  • teaspoons pure vanilla extract 6 grams
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 3 grams
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 pound roasted halved pecans 454 grams, SEE NOTE


  • Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
    overhead image of ingredients for candied pecans in bowls
  • Whisk the brown sugar, water, vanilla, cinnamon, and salt together in a medium-sized saucepan and cook over medium heat for about 5 minutes or until the mixture starts to bubble (do not stir; just shake the pan every 30 seconds or so).
    1 cup brown sugar, 2 tablespoons water, 1½ teaspoons pure vanilla extract, 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
    bubbling brown sugar mixture in a saucepan
  • Stir in the pecan halves until all of them are fully coated then drop them onto the prepared baking pan evenly spaced so they don't stick together when fully dried.
    1 pound roasted halved pecans
    candied pecans in a saucepan
  • Let cool for 15 minutes, then serve.
    overhead image of candied pecans on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper



  • Pecans: If you can’t find roasted pecans, simply roast 1 pound of pecans for 10-15 minutes in a 325°F oven, flipping them every 4-5 minutes until they reach your desired flavor.
  • Let the candied pecans cool on a lined baking sheet. Make sure that they aren't touching or they will stick and clump together.
  • Let them cool fully before serving or storing.
Storage: Store candied pecans in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week, in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks, or in the freezer for up to 2 months.


Serving: 0.5cup | Calories: 399kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 33g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 10g | Monounsaturated Fat: 19g | Sodium: 65mg | Potassium: 217mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin A: 26IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 52mg | Iron: 1mg