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?

Bettijo Bridges

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Bettijo is the founder and designer of Paging Supermom where she shares creative ideas for family fun. Known for practical and kid-friendly activities, free printables and holiday entertainment. Bettijo was a guest on the Martha Stewart Show and has frequently appeared on local TV. Her work has also been featured in national magazines including Real Simple, O, Redbook, Parents, Family Circle, and Health. She enjoys art, retro-modern design, photography and making new things. Mom of 4 kids.

4 thoughts on “How to Candy Pecans”

  1. 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?

    • 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.

  2. 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.


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