Over the last year many of us stayed inside our homes and learned new skills. One of the things almost all of us tried was cooking or baking new things. It was the best way to pass your time at home and hang out with your family. Not to mention having a bowl of something new and exciting to try every evening was great! Life is beginning to get back to normal, but that doesn’t mean you don’t need some new recipes to try out every now and then. This homemade Candied Pecans recipe is super simple and absolutely delicious!
Making candied pecans is a fun activity to do with your family and takes no more than 10 minutes to create. You can add these delicious candied pecans to salads, decorate a cake, add it to your rice dishes or desserts or simply munch on them when you have a sugary craving. Of course, if making candied pecans at home isn’t your jam, Mascot’s Glazed Pecans are very similar and really tasty. Feel free to buy some of our Glazed Pecans and serve them in a beautiful bowl. No one has to know they aren’t homemade. We won’t tell!
If you still want to try the homemade way, there are two methods of making candied pecans or any candied nut for that matter. They can either be baked in the oven or cooked on a stovetop. Both of these methods will get you a super delicious end result. You can also try different spices with it like cinnamon or make sweet and salty candied pecans depending on your mood. Now for that recipe, we’ve been teasing!
You will need:
- 6 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon fine sea salt
- one pinch cayenne pepper (optional)
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 ½ tablespoons water
- 2 teaspoons orange zest
- 2 cups pecan halves
- Start with lining a baking sheet with parchment paper or you can use a silicone baking mat
- Take brown sugar, cinnamon, salt, cayenne, vanilla, water and orange zest in a skillet.
- Put the skillet on medium flame and cook while stirring until the sugar melts and turns into a bubbling sauce, this should take about a minute.
- Add pecans to the mixture and stir well coating each pecan. Cook and stir until it starts to smell nutty. This should take about 2 to 3 minutes.
- Once the pecans are all coated with the sauce transfer it onto the baking sheet and spread them evenly. Let the pecans cool and break apart the ones that stick together.
- Store in an air tight container. Candied Pecans stay fresh for a week at room temperature and can be used for up to a month or so in a freezer.
FAQs on Candied Pecans
- Why do pecans turn sticky when making candied pecans?
- Pecans usually are sticky when warm but after cooled down the sugar coating hardens up and makes it easy for you to break them apart. If they are still sticky then it simply means that the sugar mixture was not cooked enough. In this case you can put the pecans back in the skillet and cook them again but avoid burning them.
- How long can we use candied pecans?
- You can use them for a week in room temperature or in the fridge and for a month in a freezer.
- Can other nuts be used in the same recipe?
- Absolutely! You can make candied walnuts, cashews, hazelnuts and more using the same recipe.
Nutritional value per serving
- Serving size in about 2 cups
- Calories 176
- Sugar 7.5g
- Protein 2 g
Let us know if you make these homemade Candied Pecans and what you think!