Cinnamon Sugar Candied Pecans

The most perfect Cinnamon Sugar Candied Pecans. Made simply on the stovetop with pecan halves, sugar, cinnamon, a splash of vanilla, and just a bit of salt to help cut the sweetness. Each candied pecan is just as delicious as the next…it’s hard to just eat one! The secret? That splash of vanilla! It helps round out the flavors and really brings out just the perfect sweetness. All you need to do is make a super simple cinnamon syrup, add the pecans, and stir until the pecans have crystalized. It’s so easy and SO GOOD. Perfect as a snack for the holiday’s ahead, shared as a gift, or just whenever you want a sweet treat that the whole family will love!

candied pecans in white mug with fairy lights, cinnamon sticks, and more pecans scattered around

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About The Recipe

One of our favorite holiday treats! Candied pecans.

Actually, these are something we snack on all the time whenever we get to go to Walt Disney World! Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall…doesn’t matter! These pecans are absolutely delicious and cozy no matter the time of year. The best part, though? They’re actually SO easy to make!

These sweet treats have a thick and crunchy cinnamon sugar coating, plus the perfect hint cinnamon and a dash of salt to balance out the sweetness. I’m telling you, these candied pecans are absolutely irresistible. All you need is a pan, a wooden spoon, all the ingredients, and some parchment paper! Oh, and it also makes the kitchen smell great…just sayin’.

We have always loved making quite a few batches of these pecans during the Christmas season to give out as sweet gifts, but to tell you the truth, they really taste great anytime of the year as a sweet snack (or toppings to other delicious treats!).

And trust me, it’s incredibly easy to make with just 6 super simple ingredients! Not to mention, the recipe is naturally gluten free AND vegan. So, if you know anyone with diet restrictions, these will be great!

candied pecans in white mug on wood board with spoon, book pages, more pecans behind, and cinnamon sticks

Perfect for gift giving, sharing with friends and family, or just snacking on. Every bite is sweet, nutty, cinnamon-y, and just melt in your mouth delicious. Truly SO. GOOD.

Equipment Needed

Ingredients

  • Granulated Sugar
  • Ground Cinnamon
  • Salt
  • Water
  • Pecan Halves
  • Vanilla Extract
water, pecans, sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, and salt on marble counter

Instructions

Combine the sugar, cinnamon, salt, and water in pan. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat to about medium, and cook for 2 minutes.

Add the pecans. Continue to cook, stirring constantly, over medium heat until sugar mixture starts to crystallize around pecans, about 10 minutes.

Stir in the vanilla.

Transfer pecans to a lined sheet pan and let cool completely.

candied pecans on a lined sheet pan

How To Serve Candied Pecans

  • On their own: These pecans are so good that they are the perfect snack for any and all occasions!
  • In salads: Looking for a way to jazz up your salads? Toss in a handful of these sweet pecans to give a whole new deliciousness to what can be a boring dish.
  • On top of casseroles: If you’re looking for a sweet topping for…let’s say, Sweet Potato Casserole during the holiday’s, these are the perfection addition!
  • Alongside your favorite breakfast: Yogurt, pancakes, waffles… doesn’t matter! These pecans add a delicious crunch to whatever sweet breakfast you may be serving.
  • Stirred into ice cream: Oh, yes. These pecans turn the Classic Vanilla Ice Cream into something truly stunning!
  • As a gift: The most important one. These make a great gift during the holiday

How To Store

Once you’ve made these pecans, keep them in an airtight container on the kitchen counter for 1-2 weeks.

candied pecans in white mug with cinnamon stick on book pages

Expert Tips

  • When making the cinnamon syrup, be very careful! The mixture will boil and bubble up.
  • Once the syrup calms down from a rolling boil, that’s when you need to add the pecans.
  • Constantly stir the pecans in the cinnamon syrup!
  • Stirring the vanilla in may be a little difficult, but just make sure the pecans are tossed around quite a bit.
  • When you pour the pecans on the lined pan, carefully break apart any clusters you may have.
  • This recipe is naturally vegan AND gluten-free!

When you make these Cinnamon Sugar Candied Pecans, leave a comment down below! We love hearing from you and answering any questions you might have! Also, be sure to tag us on social media and hashtag it #BakersTable.

candied pecans in white mug with fairy lights, cinnamon sticks, and more pecans scattered around

Cinnamon Sugar Candied Pecans

Traci
Crunchy, perfectly sweet, cinnamon-y, and SO. GOOD. These Cinnamon Sugar Candied Pecans are the perfect treat to have during any time of year, but especially during the holiday's!
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 2 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 17 mins
Course Snacks
Cuisine American
Servings 8 servings
Calories 270 kcal

Ingredients
 

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup water
  • 2 cups pecan halves
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  • Line a sheet pan with parchment paper.
  • Combine sugar, cinnamon, salt, and water in heavy pan.
  • Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium, and cook for 2 minutes.
  • Add pecans.
  • Continue to cook, stirring constantly, over medium heat until sugar mixture starts to crystallize around pecans, about 10 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.
  • Immediately pour onto prepared sheet pan.
  • Separate pecans.

Notes

  • When making the cinnamon syrup, be very careful! The mixture will boil and bubble up.
  • Once the syrup calms down from a rolling boil, that’s when you need to add the pecans.
  • Constantly stir the pecans in the cinnamon syrup!
  • Stirring the vanilla in may be a little difficult, but just make sure the pecans are tossed around quite a bit.
  • When you pour the pecans on the lined pan, carefully break apart any clusters you may have.
  • This recipe is naturally vegan AND gluten-free!

Nutrition

Serving: 1servingCalories: 270kcalCarbohydrates: 29gProtein: 2gFat: 18gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 5gMonounsaturated Fat: 10gSodium: 37mgPotassium: 104mgFiber: 3gSugar: 26gVitamin A: 15IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 22mgIron: 1mg

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.

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