Crunchy, with just the perfect amount of sweetness and spice, these candied pecans are deliciously addictive! What’s more, it’s crazy easy to make!
I go nuts for nuts! When I am in the Philippines I binge on peanuts and cashews but when I am in the US, I love to chow on pecans! I love pecans so much that it’s always my first choice for baking. There’s always a pack or 2 of pecan halves in the house because I use it a lot.
If you look at many of my quick bread and cake recipes, you’d see one common ingredient among them – can you guess what? Pecans, of course.
I just love the extra texture, taste, and crunch that these yummy nuts add to any dish, cooked or baked. I, personally, think that adding just the right amount of nuts elevates a dish so I will keep on doing this as long as I cook and bake and no one’s complaining!
When it comes to sweetened nuts, I am most familiar with peanut brittle or perhaps pralines. While I don’t dislike them and could happily have a bite or 2, I find that they can be overly sweet sometimes.
Thankfully, years ago, when a dear friend from church gifted me with a homemade batch of her cinnamon-spiced candied pecans for Christmas, I was introduced to these favorite holiday snacks! Afterward, I was hooked!
I love the enticing flavors of cinnamon spice combined with just the right amount of sugar (not too bland nor too sweet!) generously coating each individual pecan nut!
It was just perfect, in fact too perfect that it is, honestly, so deliciously addictive. I have to count the number of nuts I take each time I try these candied pecans because if I don’t, I’ll finish the entire batch in one seating. It’s that good.
I love that the cinnamon adds so much flavor without being overwhelming and it perfectly balances the sweetness coming from the sugar. Add these to crunchy, tasty pecans and you have a winning snack that would go so quick!
I am so grateful that she kindly shared this recipe with me and even wrote it the second time because I lost the first copy.
What’s more even a child can make it because the recipe is super simple and quick to make. While you preheat the oven, you can start prepping the nuts, mixing it with the ingredients and by the time, you’re done – then it’s time to get it cooking in the oven.
It only takes 20 minutes as well and then you simply wait until it has cooled down a bit (I must admit, I couldn’t help myself and tried it after barely a couple of minutes!). Your tastebuds are delighted to a fine and delicious tasting snack that would often be in your rotation, holiday season, or not!
But that’s not all – you can also use other nuts with this recipe. In fact, I have made this with a combo of pecans and hazelnuts and that came out great, too. Perhaps I will use some whole almonds or cashews for next time. See the possibilities are endless!
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How to Make Candied Pecans
Crunchy, with just the perfect amount of sweetness and spice, these candied pecans are deliciously addictive! What's more, it's crazy easy to make!
- 1 egg white
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- ½-¾ tsp ground cinnamon (adjust to your taste)
- 1/4 tsp salt (optional)
- 4 cups whole pecans
Preheat oven to 300F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or use a silpat if you own one.
Beat egg white until stiff. Add brown sugar and vanilla extract. Stir until smooth. Mix in pecans and stir until coated. Sprinkle the cinnamon and salt (if using) then toss until pecans are covered with the spice. Pour the nuts onto the prepared cookie sheet - single layer (to avoid the nuts sticking to each other).
Bake for 30 minutes then flip the nuts over (breaking it up as you do so if some clump together) and bake for another 10-15 minutes or until dry. Remove from the oven and let the pecans completely cool on the baking sheet. The sugar would harden on the pecans. Store in an airtight container.