Quick and Easy Candied Pecans

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Thanks to a skillet and the stovetop, you can make these easy candied pecans in under 10 minutes. These are egg-free, gluten-free and perfect for snacking, adding to salads, other dishes, as well as cheese boards. Jump to the Quick and Easy Candied Pecans Recipe

A bowl of candied pecans.

Candied Pecans in Under 10 Minutes

There are two popular ways to make candied nuts: baked in the oven and cooked on the stovetop. Both methods work nicely for pecans, but the quickest, easiest option is to use the stovetop. The stovetop also makes sure that these candied pecans are vegan and egg-free. 

Quick and Easy Candied Pecans

  • PREP 5mins
  • COOK 5mins
  • TOTAL 10mins

Thanks to a skillet and the stovetop, you can make these easy candied pecans in under 10 minutes. This recipe can be used with other varieties of nuts, too. We especially love walnuts and cashews. Makes 2 cups


6 tablespoons brown sugar

1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt, see notes

Pinch cayenne pepper, optional

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 1/2 tablespoons water

2 teaspoons orange zest, optional

2 cups (6 ounces) pecan halves

Methods :

Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with a baking mat or parchment paper and set aside.
In a medium bowl, add the white sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon and salt. Mix until well combined. Put aside.
½ cup white sugar, ½ cup brown sugar, 1 tbsp. ground cinnamon, 1 tbsp. salt
In a large bowl, whisk egg white, vanilla and water until frothy.
1 egg white, ½ tsp. vanilla extract, 1 tsp. water
Add the pecans and toss gently until the nuts are well coated. Add the sugar and cinnamon mixture and stir until the pecans are coated.
4 cups pecans
Spread the pecans in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet. Bake for about 30-45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes. The sugar mixture will harden on the pecans.
Remove from the oven and let the pecans cool on the baking sheet. When completely cooled, store in an airtight container (up to one month).

Enjoy !

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