Candied Pecans

For as long as I can remember I’ve been making Candied Pecans.  I make them to have around the house when company is coming, add them to salads, as toppings for desserts or just to eat them plain – they’re so good! I especially love giving the Candied Pecans as a holiday gift, packaged in cellophane bags tied with colorful ribbons. 

If you’ve never made Candied Pecans this simple recipe takes no time at all.  Once made look out – your family will gobble them up in minutes, literally!
Here’s the recipe…..make a batch for Thanksgiving, everyone will be thrilled you did.

Candied Pecans


1 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
1 tsp ground cinnamon
Dash of ground cloves
2 cups pecan halves
1 tsp pure vanilla extract


1. Combine first 4 ingredients in a medium saucepan.
2. Cook over medium heat until sugar dissolves, stirring constantly (about 8-10 minutes).
3. Add pecans and vanilla, cook until all syrup is absorbed and pecans are coated, stirring constantly (about 12 minutes - will look powdery).
4. Spread pecan mixture on a baking sheet lined with parchment. (Pecans will have a sugar coating)
5. Cool completely then store in airtight container or serve.

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  1. I love nuts,sweet as well as savory.

  2. Now these are nuts I could eat by the fistful 😀


  3. These look marvelous, Vicki! I love that they have vanilla in them…and perfect for holiday gifts!

  4. Yummy Vicki! These look amazing and I can see how they would disappear like hotcakes! I I have a little different version that I do use one salads and I have to find a real good hiding place for them till it’s time to put together the salad. 🙂

  5. I love pecans but haven’t eaten the candied ones ! 😛 😀 And your version looks delicious ! Make some savory version as well 😀

  6. A friend sends me candied pecans from New Orleans every year for Christmas and the bag lasts about 2 days. I’ve always been tempted to make them but then remember that I can’t stop eating them once I start. That’s exactly what would happen with yours. they look SO good!

  7. I often making spicy pecans, but have never made candied pecans. Definitely something I should try. Although they’ll be gone in an hour, I just know! But what a great hour that will be! 😉

  8. Thats a nice simple Idea and great Christmas gift as well! We don’t get pecans here, but do you think I could use some other nuts for the same concept?

  9. Found your blog via Google search and glad I stumbled upon it. Lots o’ yummy goodness here!

  10. What a simple idea and so wonderfully executed! Love it, Vicki!

  11. I love candied pecans in salad, and I don’t know why I don’t make them more often. Thanks for the recipe!

  12. Gosh, I wish we would have thought about giving our #HelpingHands foods to others…that really would have been a neat idea! My rolls were consumed by my hubby who had been begging me to make them for weeks. I am delivering my homemade Kahlua to my neighbors today, though, for an early holiday treat…don’t know if that would be the best for the hurricane victims! Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving, Vicki!

  13. What a super idea as Christmas gifts, Vicki. They look absolutely addictive!

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  15. It’s taken me a while to get caught up with all my blogging friends after Thanksgiving. What a delicious treat these would be for Christmas. I love pecans!

  16. I loooooove candied pecans but never knew it’s quite easy to make at home! I might give this a try after my store-bought pecans are gone. 😀

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