Success Secret: How to Make Candied Pecans

Candied Pecans…Sweet, Salty, Savory!


Caramelized Pecans  or candied pecans are fantastic sprinkled in salads!  They really take the salad to a new level.  Candied pecans are also good tossed into yogurt, or in your cereal.  They are great for snacking too!    You can make candied pecans ahead of time and store in a tightly covered jar…then just sprinkle them on a salad for a real treat!  

Caramelizing nuts may sound like it would be hard to do…but it’s actually surprisingly easy.  Once you get the technique down, you can caramelize other nuts too.  Walnuts and almonds are great candied and can be used the same way as candied pecans.  Candied pecans are made with pecans, light brown sugar, corn syrup and butter.  Some recipes are baked in the oven but this easy version is cooked on top of the stove in just 7 minutes. 

Here is the easy way to make them:

Success Secret: How to Caramelize Nuts

Success Secret: How to Caramelize Nuts

Cook Time: 7 minutes
Total Time: 7 minutes


  • 1 1/2 cups pecans or walnuts
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons corn syrup
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • Optional: 1 teaspoon salt OR 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon sprinkled on finished nuts


  1. Place brown sugar, corn syrup and butter in a small skillet ( preferably non stick as this gets sticky). Heat ingredients over medium to medium-high heat. Stir until bubbly.
  2. Add nuts to mixture and stir to coat. Continue cooking for 5 to 7 minutes, stirring constantly.
  3. They are done when golden brown in color and smell very toasty.
  4. These will burn if left unattended.

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Candied pecans are also great for gift giving during the holidays.  They make excellent hostess gifts so make a big batch and keep some on hand for last minute gift giving.  

Thank you, Nicole,  for this great recipe!    

Remember, “Let’s Make Life Special” by sharing great food with our family and friends!  Enjoy!”


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  1. I’ve tried two different methods and this one worked the best of the two, it’s still not right. They always come out stuck together like peanut-brittle and I can’t get them separated whole. I can only break them all to pieces. What am I doing wrong?

    1. Sounds like your mixture was a bit too syrupy. When I make them there are some clumps, but not to the point of a brittle. Perhaps increasing the nuts to about 2 cups would help you achieve a texture you like. Enjoy!

  2. The key to the pecans not sticking together in the skillet is you must stir them constantly. If you are caramelizing pecans in the oven, you must take them out and stir them every five minutes. I hope this helps!

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