Candied Pecans are a sweet and crunchy treat that is easy to mix together and bake anytime you need to satisfy a sweet tooth! Try my Butter Pecan Fudge for another treat with pecans.
Don’t wait until National Pecan Day (April 14th) to indulge in this sweet and nutty snack. Pecans are a buttery nut that is packed with antioxidants and keep you satisfied! The glaze that is added to these pecans gives just enough sweetness to go perfectly with the nutty crunch.
The Best Candied Pecans?
Yes, these really are! Please know that I tested recipes for over 6 months trying to get the perfect consistency, flavor, and crunch on the final product. I also wanted to make sure they were shiny and beautiful, which means there was the perfect crystalization happening in the sugars. I also wanted to create a recipe that did not use egg or egg whites. This recipe for candied pecans is simply perfection!
These pecans are a great holiday treat to share; but, you don’t need to make this easy snack just for the holidays! Keep them around to grab anytime you need a sweet fix.
The main ingredients are pecans, of course. I use the best quality I can find and make sure there are as many whole pecans as possible. I also use honey… and this is my secret ingredient! Honey is the reason they are so beautiful and glistening. Don’t skip it! And of course, use real honey if you can.
How to Make Candied Pecans
This candied pecan recipe is the perfect combination of sweet and crunchy. Plus, it’s so easy to make! To make the pecans, coat the nuts with brown sugar, honey, salt, and melted butter. Evenly spread out the coated pecans onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
Bake the pecans for 20 minutes at 350°F. After both 10 minutes and 15 minutes, stir the nuts. After baking them, remove them from the oven and let them cool completely before serving. The nuts should be a deep brown color when cooked. If the nuts are not crunchy enough for your liking, simply pop them back into the oven to bake a little longer. You can bake them longer even after they have cooled.
How to Store Candied Nuts
Candied pecans can be stored in a few different ways. Store them in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week. If you keep them in the refrigerator, they will last up to three weeks. Freeze the nuts for up to 2 months, making sure to label and date the container.
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- 2 1/2 cups pecans, halved
- 1/4 cup (50g) brown sugar
- 1/4 cup (85g) honey
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 2 tablespoons butter, melted
Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, mix together the pecans, brown sugar, honey, salt, and melted butter. The pecan halves should be well coated.
Spread the coated pecans evenly on the lined baking sheet.
Bake for 20 minutes, stirring them at the 10 and 15-minute mark. (The pecans are done cooking when they are a deep brown color.)
Remove from the oven. Stir the pecans, spreading them out. Let cool completely before serving. (If the pecans are not crunchy enough, simply put them back in the oven to bake longer.)