If you want to wow the room or make a food gift everyone will be talking about. Make these Candied Pecans. This recipe is egg free and made on the stove vs the oven. Spiced Pecans with a candy crunch are incredibly tasty!
This recipe for Candied Pecans is easy. I promise! The hardest part is the stirring, it's an arm workout! However once you make delicious candied nuts you will be able to pump batch after batch!
These nuts easy to customize if you enjoy spicy-sweet. They make an amazing addition to a cheese board or charcuterie board. Or, you can just enjoy them on their own. Watch out however because these are deliciously addictive!
Candied Pecans plain or Spicy Candied Pecans make a fabulous holiday food gift as well as a host/hostess gift! Just package them up in a cute box or decorative baggie with ribbon or better jet in a cute mason or glass jar.
Table of Contents
- whole pecans
- spiced sugar or cinnamon sugar
- Use my Spiced Sugar recipe for some of the sugar, the flavor is amazing and is perfect for making these spiced pecans!
- This is an easy recipe in my opinion however you need to be organized and focused. Have all ingredients measured out and ready to go.
- Works best in a nonstick pot/pan with a rubber/silicone spatula.
- Use a larger pan/pot than you think you need. This way it moves a little faster and you reduce the chance of any splatter.
- Once the liquid is drying up you must pay full attention and stir, stir, stir. The nuts will become crusty dry but then as you stir they will get wet again in spots. Once 35-40% wet again in spots is when you add in your spiced sugar and stir stir stir. Once you again begin to see some wet spots, turn the nuts out onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet quickly and carefully.
- Definitely make some sore of spiced sugar, it makes them even better!
- Do not seal in a jar or baggie until completely cooled (although you can eat away while they are still warm!! Who can resist?
- For a sweet salty crunch, add in a couple pinches of kosher salt when you add in the final ¼ cup of sugar.
- For a spicy sweetness, add in cayenne / red pepper when you add in your final ¼ cup of sugar (mix it into the sugar before adding).
- Make these nuts spice or not at all, up to you.
- Swap the pecans for whole almonds, even better IMO. More crunch!
If you enjoy holiday entertaining and holiday foods in general, here are some of my favorites to try.
I hope you LOVE LOVE LOVE these Candied Nuts as much those I often gift those to do (and me too!).
Thanksgiving recipes to try
- Smoked Turkey - If you know you know!
- The Original Pumpkin Pie - This is the most delicious and different Thanksgiving recipe that has a lot of history.
- Pumpkin Crunch Cake - Amazing!
- Applejack Mule - An easy & delicious fall cocktail with history.
Christmas recipes to try
- Nantucket Pie - I've been viral on TikTok for this one, perfect for Thanksgiving or Christmas dessert. You've never tasted anything quite like it (and its easy!!)
- Cranberry Soda Bread, another viral video the last few years. SO good, a must make during cranberry season!
- Christmas Wassail - A family tradition.
- Chocolate Moonshine - Drink your dessert!! Makes an amazing food gift!
Enjoy! XO - Colleen
- ⅓ cup water plus 1 TBS
- 1 TBS vanilla
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 cups whole pecans
- ¼ cup Spiced sugar or cinnamon sugar (see notes)
- Add the water, 1 cup of the sugar and vanilla to a heavy bottom saucepan or skillet with sides. Use a larger pot/pan then you think you'll need.
- Bring sugar, water and vanilla to a boil over medium-high heat.
- Once boiling, add in the pecans and stir almost CONSTANTLY until the water is boiled away.
- The sugar will begin to dry out a little and start to stick to the pecans, almost like a dusty white. Keep stirring them around, so that the nuts don’t have a chance to burn on the bottom of the pan. If things get dicey, remove from heat and keep stirring until it cools a bit (heat conductivity of pans and stoves will vary)
- One the pecans begin looking dry, turn the heat under the pan to medium-low, to keep the sugar from browning too fast. Keep stirring until the almonds start to get a little shiny in spots, like they are wet.
- You are getting a serious arm workout making these – but its all good! It means you can eat extra!!
- Remove your pan from the heat for a minute, add in the ¼ cup of spiced sugar (recipe in notes) . Keep stirring.
- At this point, there might be some noise coming from your pan. Some crackling and popping, but hopefully not to much. It depends on how fresh your nuts were. Really fresh nuts may make a popping noise. That’s the water escaping. If the nuts are older, that will not really happen.
- Keep stirring until the pecans are a little shiny in spots, but still a bit lumpy and coated.
- The best ones are the ones that are shiny in some areas with some delicious lumps of cinnamon sugar on other parts of the nut. As soon as you see that happening, take them off the heat and transfer the pecans to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Spread them apart, but don’t worry about some of them sticking together initially.
- BE CAREFUL, however. These are extremely hot, so use a spoon. The coating on the pecans will harden up as they cool.