Candied Pecans are super easy to make on the stove top with only 4 ingredients and they come together in less than 10 minutes. The smell is delicious and you can use them in a variety of ways. Great when added to salads and also great for snacking or to give away as gifts for friends and family!
Original recipe posted: January 2019 | Recipe update: December 2019
One of my food specialties is making unique and tasty salads that have that extra little touch of delicious perfection. One of my salad secrets is adding chopped Candied Pecans. It gets people every time!
Making candied pecans takes an extra 10ish minutes, but it is well worth that little bit of effort. They transform a great salad into an out-of-this-world salad. Trust me!
Candied Pecans are also an irresistible snack to have sitting on the counter during holiday gatherings or for any party. Try not to eat them all yourself!
And last but not least they are great gifts, especially around the holidays. Everyone loves a delicious homemade gift, right?
HOW TO MAKE CANDIED PECANS AT HOME
Add these sugar coated pecans to your list of easy recipes that make a regular recipe turn out to be excellent!
Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
Melt the butter in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add the sugar and pecan halves and cook, stirring constantly, until the sugar dissolves and becomes a light brown liquid in the skillet (approximately 5 minutes).
Remove from the heat and add the vanilla to the sugar mixtures; mix well.
Pour the pecans onto the lined baking sheet in a single layer. Let cool for a minimum of 5 minutes.
Chop to use in a salad or add the pecans to a serving dish for snacking!
HOW LONG DO CANDIED PECANS KEEP
When stored in an airtight container, candied pecans will last up to 2 weeks at room temperature, 4 weeks in the fridge or 4 months in the freezer.
HOW TO STORE YOUR PECANS
Once they’ve cooled, candied pecans are ready for storing. Make sure they are sealed tightly in either a plastic or glass container.
RECIPES TO ADD YOUR CANDIED PECANS TO
Add Candied Pecans to any or all of these delicious recipes, plus so many more!
Topping on a bowl of ice cream with some homemade hot fudge!
Or, break them apart and add them to a mason jar with a fun ribbon tied around the rim to give as a gift!
Add to the top of a pumpkin pie or as the final touch on your skillet chocolate chip cookie!
However you decide to enjoy these delicious little candied nuts, ENJOY! Have a great winter weekend, friends!
HOMEMADE GIFTS FOR THE HOLIDAYS
A perfect gift that’s affordable and thoughtful is a homemade one! Here’s some great DIY gifts that can be easily made to giveaway. We’ve got something for everyone!
Homemade Chocolate Fudge Sauce – You’ll enjoy spoonfuls of this gooey homemade chocolate fudge sauce perfect for summer treats!
Salted Caramel Sauce – There’s just 4 ingredients needed to make your own Salted Caramel sauce. It’s easy to do and you’ll be glad you know how to make it yourself because this recipe has so many uses – top or fill your next batch of baked goods with this delicious, irresistible sauce.
Exfoliating Coffee Scrub – Make your own face scrub at home in minutes! This DIY recipe is the perfect any-occasion gift made with coffee and coconut oil. It exfoliates, moisturizes, and protects against aging and smells incredible.
Homemade Vanilla Extract – Make your own Vanilla Extract at home! This recipe requires only TWO ingredients and you will be so happy with the way homemade vanilla flavors your baked goods. Great for gift-giving!
Homemade Caramels – These Homemade Caramels are my FAVORITE. They are chewy and gooey and sooo delicious. You won’t want to eat just one but they make a perfect treat for holiday parties OR holiday gifts!
Everything But The Bagel Seasoning – Make Trader Joe’s famous “Everything But the Bagel” seasoning blend at home in less than 5 minutes and for a fraction of the cost of store bought! This seasoning tastes great on bagels, obviously, but on so many other foods, as well. Read on for 12 Ways to Use Everything Bagel Seasoning!
Cookies and Cream Fudge – Two of my favorite things in a single dessert: cookies & cream and fudge! This is super easy to make and a great treat to bring to holiday parties!
- 3 tablespoons salted butter
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 2 cups pecans
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside. Melt the butter in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add the sugar
and pecans and cook, stirring constantly, until the sugar dissolves and
becomes a light brown liquid in the skillet (approximately 5 minutes).
- Remove from the heat and add the vanilla; mix well. Pour the pecans onto the prepared baking sheet in a single layer. Let cool for a minimum of 5 minutes. Chop to use in a salad or add the pecans to a serving dish for snacking!