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Candied pecans in a mason jar with a white string tied in a bow.
Candied Pecans
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
35 mins

These candied pecans are sweet and crunchy with just a hint of spice. They make a tasty topping for salads, are ideal for gifting, and are just straight up addictive for snacking!

Course: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: candied pecans
Servings: 6 Servings
Calories: 712 kcal
  • 16 oz whole pecans
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/3 cup light corn syrup
  • 2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract
  • 1-2 Tbsp water as needed
  • *Additional 1 Tbsp sugar mixed with 1 tsp cinnamon for topping
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a sheet tray with parchment.
  2. Whisk together the sugars, corn syrup, salt, and spices in a bowl. Thin with a tablespoon or two of water as needed. Add pecans and toss well to coat.

  3. Spread pecans evenly in prepared pan and bake 25-30 minutes, stirring once or twice to be sure they cook evenly and don't burn.
  4. Remove from oven when browned and glossy and sprinkle with remaining cinnamon sugar and toss.
  5. Place a piece of parchment or non-stick foil on the counter and carefully spread out the nuts on the paper and allow to cool. Break apart.

  6. Nuts can be kept at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.
Recipe Notes

Yields 1 lb of candied pecans.

  • Definitely use water to thin the sugar mixture before tossing the pecans. Just enough so it's easy to coat the nuts.
  • Keep an eye on the nuts as they bake, stirring a couple times to be sure they bake evenly and don't burn.
  • When you remove the nuts from the oven, work quickly and spread them on a clean sheet of parchment, separating them as best you can. Careful! The sugar coating will be hot and can burn!
  • Break them apart before serving or storing. Cooled nuts can be stored in an airtight container for up to two weeks.



Nutrition Facts
Candied Pecans
Amount Per Serving
Calories 712 Calories from Fat 486
% Daily Value*
Fat 54g83%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Sodium 792mg34%
Potassium 334mg10%
Carbohydrates 60g20%
Fiber 7g29%
Sugar 52g58%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 105IU2%
Vitamin C 0.8mg1%
Calcium 73mg7%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.