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The Basics: How to make Candied Pecans

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An easy to follow tutorial on how to make homemade Candied Pecans. These can be used as a topping for salads, a simple snack, or a holiday gift to friends and family.

Good Morning! I hope ya’ll had a wonderful Labor Day yesterday that was filled with lots of R & R with friends and family.  I know we did!  What did you end up doing? We got alot of stuff done around the house {yeah for yardwork :(} and then went to the pool to swim with little man.  He has now FINALLY gotten use to his water wings and enjoys jumping into the pool!  His huge beaming smile right before he’s about to jump in makes my heart melt, such a sweet little boy!  We’ve actually been at the pool the past two days.  Trying to pack it in as much pool time as we can before they close for the season.  Apparently they close down the pools here in Texas when the kids go back to school, even though it is still 100 degrees outside.  Sheeshh.. you’d think we’re coming into fall or something. Oh, wait we are, and I’m so excited about it.  I was actually contemplating about pulling down my fall decorations to decorate the house.  Do you think its too early?

Fall is definitely my favorite season of the year. I love everything about it. The weather, the colors on the trees, the clothes, the boots, the food, and the smell of fall in the air.  What smells remind you of the fall?  For me, it is always the smell of burning leaves, pumpkin pie, and roasted nuts.  Well, now you can have the “roasted nut” smell in your house!  One of the things I think everyone needs to know how to do is candy their own nuts. It is super simple and just two ingredients, nuts and sugar. These Candied Pecans are a great salad topper or would be a great holiday gift for friends, family, or neighbors. {you could even add a little cinnamon or cayenne pepper to spice it up}

To get started, heat up a medium size skillet to medium heat. Add 2 cups of pecan and  1/4 cup of white granulated sugar.

Candied Pecans

Stir to combine the sugar and pecans. Continue to stir until the sugar starts to melt and form a coating around the pecans.

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Leave at medium heat and continue to stir occasionally for 15-20 minutes until sugar has formed a crust around the pecans.

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Remove from heat and spread out on parchment paper to cool. {split up the larger chunks}

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Use this as a topping for a salad or just to snack on. 🙂

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Or better yet, make it a holiday gift!

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A cone of Candied Pecans.

The Basics: How to make Candied Pecans

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  • Author: Krista
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 25 mins
  • Yield: 2 cups 1x
  • Category: Snack
  • Method: Cooked
  • Cuisine: American


These sweet and crunchy nuts can be used as a topping for salads, a simple snack, or a holiday gift to friends and family.



  • 2 cups of pecans
  • 1/4 cup of white granulated sugar


  1. Heat up a medium size skillet to medium heat. Add pecans and white granulated sugar to skillet.
  2. Stir to combine the sugar and pecans.
  3. Leave at medium heat and continue to stir occasionally for 15-20 minutes until sugar has formed a crust around the pecans.
  4. Remove from heat and spread out on parchment paper to cool. {split up the larger chunks}
  5. Use a topping to a salad, a snack, or better yet a Holiday gift.

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28 comments on “The Basics: How to make Candied Pecans”

  1. Thanks for the instructions. I had a little bit of difficulty because (I think) because. i used a glass pan. The sugar kept trying to burn. When I turned temp down it wasnt melting correctly. My solution? I added 2 tablespoons of water and viola’! It created a carmely rich coating for the pecans that easily coated ALL of the pecans. Thanks again for the idea

    1. Yup… glass will definitely start to burn those pecans on ya. But way to improvise on the fly with the water! Glad it did the trick and that they turned out all sugary and delicious! 🙂

  2. I loved this recipe!!!!! I also made them for salads but the rest went as snacks…Lol making for gifts..

    1. haha… awesome! Thats what I love about these too, you can use them in just about anything. 🙂 Plus, such a great and easy gift to make! 🙂

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    Claire @ A Little Claireification

    I am so excited about trying these Krista!! My Husband LOVES candied nuts – can’t wait to surprise him, I am featuring this tonight at our Best Of The Weekend Party!!! xo

    1. Yeah, I’m excited that your excited! I hope the hubbie loves them, we just snack on them sometimes. hehe

      Thanks so much for the feature girl, eek, what a great surprise. Hope you have a fantastic rest of the weekend!

  4. Ohh these look delicious! I love candied nuts, and want to make some for the holidays this year. I love how simple your recipe is, they look so good!


    1. Thanks Maria, I love them too, but really love the smell of them! 🙂 I hope you are able to make them this year for the holidays, I know I definitely will.

  5. Ok, I understand closing the pool here in NY it hasn’t gone over 70 degrees in the last 2 days, but Texas? That is cruel and unusal punishment. Good to see you and I love the nuts.

    1. hahaha. I know!!! We are at the park playing and my poor sweaty son is looking at the splashpad in longing. So sad. 🙁 Thanks for stopping by Diane!

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    Julie @ This Gal Cooks

    I love candied pecans! In fact, I need to make some again!

    Love the photos of yours, Krista. Pinning! 🙂

    1. I need to make so more.. they are so stinking good and addictive. Thanks on the photo complements… means alot coming from you! 🙂

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    Tina @ Tina's Chic Corner

    These look awesome! I love how easy it is to make this. I was looking for a different hostess gift and this will be perfect. 🙂 Pinning to make!

    1. Awesome! These will be a perfect hostess gift, I know I would love it if I got it. I am definitely making them as holiday gifts this year. 🙂

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    Lisa @ Wine & Glue

    I love love LOVE the smell of candied nuts!! This is an amazing recipe! Thank you so much for sharing on Wake Up Wednesdays!

    1. It truly is a heavenly smell… and taste. I can’t stop snacking on them! Thanks for the party Lisa, looks like party #2 was a success! 🙂

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    Meghan @ Spoonful of Flour

    I love candied pecans…I always wrap them in bags and give them out at Christmas time. So hard not to snack on them all first though!

    1. I am definitely doing that this year. I usually give out cookies but these are super easy and just as good. 🙂

    1. Yes! Big money saver AND you know exactly what is going in it. Thanks for stopping by Kathy, love seeing your comments. 🙂

  10. I have been wanting to get around to making a batch of candied pecans for a while now — it’s been a long time! They’re so great in salads or just eating out of the bowl. You’re right — that toasted nut smell is just heavenly!

    1. Never a better time than now! I was so glad I did, now I have a bag in my pantry. Just need to have self control so I don’t eat them all. 🙂 Yeah, that roasted nut smell is definitely one of my favorites.

    1. Absolutely girl! They are so good, my mother-in-law and I found ourselves snacking as we were making them. 🙂 hehe.

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    Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor

    Krista, I love candied pecans. I try to add them to salads as much as possible. Thanks for sharing this how-to!

    1. Me too! In fact, I just had one with these candied pecans yesterday. Gives the salad a nice little crunch. 🙂