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The Easiest Candied Pecans

There's something undeniably magical about the aroma of candied pecans wafting through the air during the holiday season. These little nuggets of delight are a festive treat and incredibly easy to make at home. With just a handful of simple ingredients, you can whip up a batch of these easy candied pecans that will have your kitchen smelling like a winter wonderland. In this recipe, we'll combine the rich sweetness of brown sugar with the warmth of cinnamon and vanilla paste to create a snack that's not only delicious but also impossible to resist.

candied pecans on parchment paper

Easy 5-Ingredient Candied Pecans


  • 1/2lb. pecan halves

  • 1/4 cup brown sugar

  • 1/4 cup water

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla paste


  • In a medium-sized saucepan, combine the brown sugar, water, and ground cinnamon over medium heat. Stir the mixture continuously until the sugar has completely dissolved and the ingredients are well combined. Allow the mixture to come to a gentle boil, then reduce the heat to low and let it simmer for 2-3 minutes, allowing the flavors to meld.

  • Once the brown sugar mixture has reached a syrupy consistency, remove the saucepan from heat and stir in the vanilla paste. The vanilla paste adds a depth of flavor that complements the sweetness of the brown sugar and the warmth of the cinnamon. Stir the mixture well, ensuring that the vanilla is evenly distributed.

  • Pour the pecans into the saucepan with the candied mixture. Gently toss the pecans until they are thoroughly coated with the sticky, sweet goodness. Ensure that each pecan is generously coated for that perfect bite of candied perfection.

  • Let the pecans cook over low heat for 5-6 minutes or until the coating has caramelized, creating a crunchy shell around each pecan. Be sure to stir the pecans halfway through the cooking time to guarantee an even coating and prevent sticking.

  • Once the candied pecans are sticky and slightly caramelized, spread in an even layer on parchment paper and allow them to cool completely. As they cool, the caramelized coating will harden, creating a delightful crunch. Once cooled, break the pecans apart and store them in an airtight container. These candied pecans make for a delightful snack, a thoughtful homemade gift, or a festive topping for salads, desserts, or even your morning oatmeal.

In just a few simple steps, you've created a batch of easy candied pecans that will fill your home with a warm, inviting aroma and your taste buds with irresistible sweetness. The combination of brown sugar, water, cinnamon, and vanilla paste transforms ordinary pecans into a delectable treat that's perfect for any occasion. Whether you're serving them at holiday gatherings, giving them as gifts, or simply enjoying them as a sweet snack, these candied pecans are sure to become a seasonal favorite in your home.


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