Candied Pecans

Nothing says holiday more than these sweet, salty, crunchy Candied Pecans. Patience is needed for this recipe and the result is spot on. I’ve made Candied Pecans before but I saw this one first on Tiktok and this works so much better. I usually make this only during the holidays as this is not for the health conscious but boy! It is so delicious and tastes so much better than those overpriced Christmas treats you buy during this time of the year. Fair warning though- its addictive and once you start eating them, its hard to stop. You need only a few ingredients for this perfect dessert @sarchakra

PREP TIME: 10 mins

COOK TIME: 40 mins

YIELDS: Serves 8

Ingredients

  • Pecans 1 lb
  • Egg white 3
  • Granulated sugar 1 cup
  • Vanilla extract 2 tsp
  • Butter 1 stick
  • Confectioners sugar 1 cup
  • Ground cinnamon 2 tsp

Method

  • Preheat oven to 325⁰F.
  • Beat egg whites in the mixer bowl till soft peaks form. Add vanilla.
  • Little by little pour in the sugar incorporating into the mixture as you blend.
  • Add in 1 lb pecan halves to the egg white mixture. Use a spatula to gently coat the pecans completely in the mixture.
  • Spray a baking pan with non stick spray.
  • Melt butter in the microwave for 30 seconds.
  • Pour the butter into the pan. Make sure to get all the corners of the baking pan. Layer the pecan mixture on to the pan on top of the butter. Spread the mixture out in one layer.
  • Cook the pecans in the oven for a total of 40 mins. Every 10 mins take out the pan and use a rubber spatula to toss the pecans. Put it back into the oven again. Repeat the process in 10 mins.
  • In a large bowl add confectioners sugar and cinnamon. Mix. Keep aside.
  • When the pecans are done in the oven pour them into the sugar mixture. Coat and toss completely. Let it cool.
  • Store in an airtight container. For longer storage use the fridge or freezer.

Notes

I previously made this recipe last Christmas with a mix of white sugar and brown sugar that works pretty well too. You can use coconut sugar as well.

Orange zest or pumpkin spice can be used to flavor the pecans.

Other nuts like almonds, cashews, or walnuts can be used instead of pecans, keeping the rest of the ingredients the same.

These make a wonderful holiday gift to share with friends and neighbors.

Sprinkle Candied Pecans over mixed green salads in seasonal holiday recipes. Use as an ice cream topping, especially for Caramel Ice Cream or any other Sundae. Use the pecans as a breakfast yogurt topping.

To freeze, it is best to not roll them in the powdered sugar. Omit that step and arrange the cooled nuts in a single layer on a baking sheet. Place in the freezer for a few hours. When completely frozen, transfer and store in ziplock freezer bags. Wrap each bag in foil to ensure perfect freshness.

Substitute granulated sugar with Splenda brown sugar or monk fruit sweetener for a sugar free treat.

For an extra spice kick add some cayenne pepper to the mix.

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Candied Pecans

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