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Candied Pecans

Learn how to candy pecans in 10 minutes with our simple candied pecans recipe.

Keeping a jar of candy out for guests is pretty much required during the holidays. Why not try something new by setting out some candied pecans? This perfect pecan recipe shows you how to candy pecans in just 20 minutes, making it a simple solution to all your bite-sized snack needs. These sweet little treats make great party favors, as well. Just wrap them up in some cute red cellophane and send guests on their way.

From the Chef: If you've got guests coming in and out of the house throughout December, it's always nice to have a bowl of candied nuts on a side table for easy munching. Put them in a decorative jar, and you've got a fun gift to give to the neighbors.
- Addie Gundry

This recipe is from RecipeLion's 103 Cookbook series, Festive Holiday Recipes: 103 Must-Make Dishes for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve Everyone Will Love.

Makes3 cups

Preparation Time10 min

Cooking Time10 min


  • 1 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 pound pecans
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. In a medium saucepan, combine the granulated sugar, boiling water, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, cream of tartar, and boiling water. Cook over medium heat, stirring until the mixture comes to a boil. Continue to cook at a slow boil for 10 minutes, stirring constantly.

  2. Remove from the heat and stir in the pecans, then the vanilla. Stir until the pecans are fully coated.

  3. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and pour the pecans on top. Using a fork, separate the pecans and let cool for 10 to 20 minutes. Pour into a party bowl and serve.

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I never realized there was an actual technique to making candied pecans but I truly love them. After trying to make them on my own I decided it's better to buy them because mine never came out quite right...of course just rolling them into cinnamon sugar isn't the way to do it, as I'm seeing now. LOL I'm so glad I ran across this recipe, these will make perfect stocking stuffers!

My mother was in the habit of having all sorts of nuts and fruits available to the children during the holiday visits. She always managed to have some candied pecans from somewhere or other. These would be a great addition to the family recipe box and have them every year.

Yummy! When I bring in bag nuts I have to hide them if they are for a planned recipe. If I get the boys to help me with this recipe, I may not have to hide them anymore. I think they will like this "glaze" on all of their favorite nuts.

A family friend of ours makes candied pecans every holiday season and they are to die for!!! They just remind me of Christmas and I love the taste and smell of them- so addicting! I think it's about time I try to make my own, so I love this recipe as a starting point. I plan on adding a little pumpkin pie spice to enhance the flavor!


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