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Candied Pecans Recipe

Candied Pecans Recipe

I pack these crispy pecans in jars tied with pretty ribbon for family and friends. My granddaughter gave some to a doctor at the hospital where she works, and he said they were too good to be true! —Opal Turner, Hughes Springs, Texas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 30 min. YIELD:8 servings


  • 2-3/4 cups pecan halves
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened, divided
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • 1. Place pecans in a shallow baking pan in a 250° oven for 10 minutes or until warmed. Grease a 15x10x1-in. baking pan with 1 tablespoon butter; set aside.
  • 2. Grease the sides of a large heavy saucepan with remaining butter; add sugar, water, salt and cinnamon. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly to dissolve sugar. Cover; cook 2 minutes to dissolve any sugar crystals that may form on the sides of pan.
  • 3. Cook, without stirring, until a candy thermometer reads 236° (soft-ball stage). Remove from the heat; add vanilla. Stir in warm pecans until evenly coated.
  • 4. Spread onto prepared baking pan. Bake at 250° for 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes. Spread on a waxed paper-lined baking sheet to cool. Yield: about 1 pound.
Editor's Note: We recommend that you test your candy thermometer before each use by bringing water to a boil; the thermometer should read 212°. Adjust your recipe temperature up or down based on your test.

Nutritional Facts

2 ounce-weight: 380 calories, 30g fat (4g saturated fat), 8mg cholesterol, 177mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate (26g sugars, 4g fiber), 3g protein.

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johnson9456 User ID: 5078349 271921
Reviewed Aug. 18, 2017

"I had lost my mother in-laws recipe for sugared walnuts so I have been Looking for a goo recipe to sugar nuts. My 83 yr old Aunt request that I make them for her several times a year. I cannot tell you how much she liked these and asked for more. I just wanted to Thank Opal Turner for submitting this recipe. She has made my Aunt very happy and I really appreciate it. THANK YOU!!!!!!!"

conniemitt User ID: 8847662 248703
Reviewed May. 27, 2016

"I made this recipe to include in the "Welcome to Savannah" gift bags for our daughter's wedding. All I say is I have given the recipe to over a dozen guests who just couldn't get enough of this tasty treat. It was first made for her Savannah themed bridal shower .... and now I am forever hooked!! I promise, this recipe is totally worth the expense and time involved. I bought the pecan halves at Costco for a better value."

icunrse User ID: 6357713 237927
Reviewed Nov. 23, 2015

"I made these yesterday, and I can't stop eating them! Perfectly spiced with just the right amount of sweetness (although I have Saigon Cinnamon which is a little more potent). easy to make. I put some around the pumpkin pie as a decoration. I will be making this again...maybe even this weekend."

Whitneyude User ID: 8220192 218345
Reviewed Jan. 20, 2015

"Loved this recipe!! I doubled the cinnamon as suggested in other reviews and my goodness it's delicious!! Will be great in my salads or as a sweet snack!!"

Rozy1 User ID: 6961996 89413
Reviewed Nov. 9, 2012

"Oh my, now I need only Diamond of Cali pecans?

i guess i can't make them huh?"

NCSUGrad User ID: 6411465 122960
Reviewed Dec. 18, 2011

"These are delicious! I can't wait to try them with some ice cream, but they are great by themselves too! I do think they need a little bit more cinnamon than the recipe calls for, but that is just my personal preference. I got after mixing the nuts with the sugar mixture because it looks nothing like the picture and the nuts were all stuck together. However, after it baked in the oven, the nuts were easy to separate and the sugar coating started to get crunchy. I did not have waxed paper, so I just left them on the cookie sheet to cool, and they turned out just fine."

lisaprejeanlewis User ID: 5321713 53249
Reviewed Aug. 1, 2010

"These are amazing. My home now smells like July. Will make again."

llrcmclove User ID: 4630328 205290
Reviewed Nov. 27, 2009

"Thank You -Thank you -Thank you!!This recipe is AMAZING! Very easy to make. I made a 2lbs. and they lasted less than 1hr!!! I did make 1lb just as your recipe.And the 2nd batch I added Ginger instead of Cinnamon and 1tsp of black pepper. My husband loved them!!!"

cherrylady User ID: 1073547 132711
Reviewed Sep. 24, 2009

"We LOVED these nuts!

Next time I'll double the batch! TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE sums it up!"

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