How to Candy Pecans

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I’ve been meaning to share my recipe for candied pecans. I think nuts are generally considered a fall food, but my favorite way to eat these pecans is in a fresh salad which sounds absolutely wonderful as we’re enjoying our brief Spring here in Phoenix. I know the heat is just around the corner and THAT is when I’ll serve these up on top of ice cream. No matter what, a batch of candied pecans never lasts long here at our house. Good (or bad) thing they’re so easy to make!

3 cups pecans
1 cup sugar
4 tablespoons butter (do not substitute margarine)
2-3 tsp vanilla
¼ tsp nutmeg
¼ tsp cinnamon
Dash of salt & pepper

INSTRUCTIONS: In a large pan melt butter and sugar together over medium heat. If you want your nuts chopped, now is a good time to do so. Once sugar has started to melt, mix in nuts. Stir continuously for about 30 seconds. Add the vanilla, a teaspoon at a time, stirring between each. Sprinkle in spices, salt and pepper. Turn heat down to low and continue to stir nuts for another 2-3 minutes. Turn heat off and let nuts cool, stirring occasionally to keep them from sticking to the pan.

Package cooled nuts for gifting or enjoy over yogurt, ice cream, in salads, or by the handful. Now want to learn how to make a perfect Pecan Pie?


About Bettijo

Bettijo is a co-founder and designer here at Paging Supermom. More importantly, she is a mother of four -- three girls and a boy. During quieter moments, she enjoys art, retro-modern design, photography and making new things. In 2003 Bettijo founded an organic bath and spa products brand, Bath By Bettijo, which has been regularly featured in national magazines including Real Simple, Martha Stewart Living, Whole Living, O, EveryDay with Rachel Ray, Health, Lucky, Shape and more.


5 Responses to How to Candy Pecans
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  2. Megan says:

    I tried doing this candied pecan recipe. My sugar mixture turned clumpy and did not stick to my nuts. Any idea what I did wrong. Only thing I can think of is I added the nuts too soon? Is the butter sugar mixture supposed to become a liquid or stay solid?

    • Jennifer says:

      The butter and sugar are supposed to melt first, becoming a liquid. If you add the nuts in too soon place a top on your pot and add a little bit of extra butter, this will aid the sugar in melting.

  3. Amelia says:

    This recipe did not work. Not enough butter. Your reply above should have been a note in the recipe about adding a little more butter and using a lid.

  4. Taniss says:

    This recipe worked fine for me, I don’t understand how the others went wrong! lovley recipe thank you :)

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