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Best Candied Pecan Recipe, Addictingly Easy and Delicious

Pecans ready to use in the best candied pecan recipe

Candied nuts out of a store-bought jar can do little to entice me. Little did I know how ridiculously easy it is to make your own candied pecans, and not just any candied pecans. I’m talking candied pecans that keep you reaching for more and begging someone to just please take them away before you eat the entire pound in one sitting. This is the best candied pecan recipe when you want a perfect salad or desert topping, a homemade gift, an impressive appetizer, or when you simply want to indulge in something spectacular.

It’s silly easy. Are you ready for it? The Best Candied Pecan Recipe:

Whip one egg yoke until frothy. While whipping, add a tablespoon of liquid. You can use water, vanilla, rum, I have even heard that some people use Irish cream. I’m down with that.

whipped egg white for the best candied pecan recipe, ready to mix with the pecans

Add spices to 3/4 cup sugar. In this batch I used a tablespoon of cinnamon, half a teaspoon nutmeg, and a pinch of salt. The really fun part about making this recipe is that you can easily and safely get creative. Want to give it some heat? Add some cayenne pepper. Want it salty sweet? Add more salt. Feeling Canadian? Add some maple extract and change out half of the white sugar for brown. spices and sugar for the best candied pecan recipe

This is why this is the best candied pecan recipe out there. You can change it up  and it will be delicious every time. Coat your pound of pecans in the yokes and then stir them into the sugar and spice mixture. You can even just dump everything into the bowl you whipped the egg yoke in. I do that to save time. I don’t use the “shake it up in a bag” method because it’s not worth the mess.

Candied pecans on a cookie sheet ready to cook

Spread them on a cookie sheet. I like to use parchment paper to make the clean up simple. Cook them at 250 for about an hour. I used my convection setting and they were done slightly before 45 minutes were up. The trick is to stir at least every fifteen minutes to avoid burning the sugar. Once the coating is dry and crunchy you are ready for munching.

Candied pecans ready to eat

Enjoy your pecan heaven, and, if you are kind enough to share, enjoy the endless thanks you will receive.


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Best Candied Pecan Recipe, Addictingly Easy and Delicious
Candied pecans to top salads, deserts, or nothing at all. Perfect for holiday gifts and treats.
Prep Time 7 minutes
Cook Time 45-60 minutes
Servings
pound nuts
Ingredients
Prep Time 7 minutes
Cook Time 45-60 minutes
Servings
pound nuts
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Whip the egg white with a Tbs of liquid until frothy. Add nuts, sugar, and spice. Stir until coated
  2. Place the coated nuts onto a prepared pan and cook at 250 until dry, 45-60 minutes. Stir every 10-15 minutes.

2 thoughts on “Best Candied Pecan Recipe, Addictingly Easy and Delicious”

  1. Jenny St. Romain says:

    Add a pinch of cayenne too—you won’t be sorry! Love these!

    1. Jenny says:

      I am looking forward to making them hot and spicy next time!

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