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Candied Pecans Recipe

Candied Pecans are easy to make. They are delicious as a snack or served in a salad. Quick and easy 10 minute recipe. Candied pecans also make a great gift.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8
Author: Matt Freund


  • 16 oz. Trader Joes Pecan Halves (2 bags(
  • 3/4 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 3 tsp. Ground Cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon Salt I use fine sea salt
  • 1/8 tsp Cayenne Pepper Just a Pinch
  • 1 tsp. Trader Joes Vanilla Extract
  • 3 Tbsp. Water
  • 1 Tbsp. Maple Syrup for drizzle Optional


  • In a large bowl add Brown Sugar, Cinnamon, Cayenne Pepper and Salt. Mix well until everything is combined.
  • Preheat skillet on Medium Low heat. Add Spice mix to pan with water stirring often.
  • Spice mix will begin to melt and look like thick syrup. Add vanilla and stir to combine well.
  • If adding Maple Syrup which is optional now is the time. I skip it sometimes.
  • Stir mixture to combine well. Add Pecans.
  • Stir Pecans and syrup mixture to combine and coat the pecans. Keep an eye on temperature of pan as to not burn mixture.
  • Stir often cooking pecan mixture. Cook until pecans are no longer “gritty” We are looking for a glossy shiny texture.
  • When pecans are glossy they are done. Spread pecans on parchment lined baking sheet in single layer and let cool completely. When cool break apart pecans and enjoy.


Most of the time I skip adding the maple syrup. I suggest you try it both ways and see how you like them. Sometimes I'm in the mood for something even sweeter so I add the maple syrup.
Keep an eye on the heat level of your pan keeping in mind not to burn the sugar mixture. Burn sugar is bitter and undesirable. If pan gets too hot lower heat level.