Candied Pecans



– 2 cups of pecan halves

– 1/2 cup granulated sugar

– 1/4 cup water

– 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

– 1/4 teaspoon salt

– Optional: 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon


Preparation Steps:

  1. Start by preheating your oven to 350°F (175°C). Line a baking sheet with either parchment paper or a silicone mat.
  2. In a saucepan of medium size, mix together sugar, water, vanilla extract, salt, and cinnamon (if you’re using it). Place it over medium heat and stir until the sugar dissolves completely.
  3. Put the pecan halves into this mixture, ensuring they are fully coated by stirring them in.
  4. Keep the pecans over the heat, stirring them for about 5 to 7 minutes. Wait until the sugar mixture becomes thick and adheres to the pecans.
  5. Once the pecans are coated well and the mixture is thick, remove it from heat.
  6. Transfer the coated pecans to your prepared baking sheet using a fork or slotted spoon. Spread them out so they form a single layer.
  7. Bake these in your oven for around 10 to 15 minutes. You’re aiming for them to turn golden brown and for the sugar coating to harden.
  8. After baking, let the pecans cool down completely on the baking sheet. As they cool, they’ll become crunchier.
  9. If the pecans have clumped together, break them apart once they’ve cooled.
  10. Store your homemade candied pecans in an airtight container at room temperature. They’re great as a snack, a topping for salads, or as a garnish for desserts.


Enjoy your homemade Candied Pecans, a sweet and crunchy addition to any dish or just by themselves as a delightful treat!

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