Candied Pecans Recipe

Baking is a great way to bring your family together, and almost everyone loves an occasional sweet treat. Teaching your children or grandchildren your favorite candy pecans recipe and how to get them to come out just right with your special secret ingredient will form lasting memories for both you and them.

It’s also wonderful when they bring new ideas for things they want you to help them make. If you have finding candied pecan recipes on your list, here are some ideas to help you pick out just the right recipe.

My Favorite Spiced Candied Pecans Recipe

This is my own recipe for candied pecans which can be adjusted to fit your tastes, mood or the season.


Baking Candied Pecans

Baking Candied Pecans

2 cups pecan halves
1/4 cup Smart Balance
1/4 cup brown sugar

Optional Spices
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

1 1/2 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice
1/8 teaspoon of cayenne or chipotle powder


1. Using a skillet toast pecans in Smart Balance (or butter) over low heat for 15 minutes or until they are lightly browned.
2. Remove skillet from heat. Sprinkle sugar and any spices evenly over the pecans while still in the skillet. Stir well until pecans are coated.
3. Spread the candied pecan mixture on a baking sheet lined with foil and bake for 10 minutes at 325 degrees Fahrenheit.

Once cooled store candied toasted pecans in an airtight container.



Reviews For Candied Pecans Recipes

One of the best ways to find a candied pecans recipe that’s worth your time and effort is to go online to a recipe site that has a large number of user reviews that are current. There are several great sites that have recipes for free as well as subscription based sites.

Take a look at the recipe and see if it sounds like something that would appeal to your tastes and then spend a little time looking at the positive and negative reviews. Try to find ones that have specific praise or criticism so that you can have a good idea of exactly what the reviewers liked or didn’t like about the recipe. When searching recipe sites use terms like: candied pecans, candy coated pecans, sugared pecans, spiced pecans or pecan pralines.

There are a number of other places to find good recipes for candied pecans or even other candied nuts. Some of my favorite sites include All Recipes, Epicurious or Food Network. Often times if you read recipe reviews you will find enhancements for the recipe that can prove to be helpful.

They are easy enough to make that you really don’t need to buy candied pecans. Plus making them yourself allows you to have control over the ingredients so you can make adjustments for dietary restrictions or simply so you can personalize them with your own favorite spices.

Test Drive The Recipe

It’s a good idea to try a few candied pecans recipes and give the recipe you end up choosing a little test drive to see if it continues to come out the way you like it. Getting any type of toasted pecans to turn out just right every time can take a little practice. If you’re teaching your son or daughter to bake, you might want to try several different recipes all at once and do a taste off at the same time.

Homemade Spiced Pecans

Homemade Spiced Pecans

This can be a fun afternoon of baking that helps them learn some baking skills and also how rehearsing a skill will make for a more thoughtful and successful outcome. And there’s lots of fun to be had in comparing the final results of all that hard effort while you’re learning how to make candied pecans: getting to eat several different types of candied pecans!

Once you find a base recipe for candied pecans you can modify it to highlight certain flavors or you can make a few different types for different uses from sweet glazed pecans with cinnamon to spicy candied pecans. Different types of sugared pecans and cinnamon pecans work well for baking things like muffins while spiced pecans can be a fun type of candied pecans for salads. Of course candied pecans are yummy on their own too. Get creative with them!

Wrapping It Up

Take a little time and investigate more than one candied pecans recipe this holiday season, and you’ll be able to add them to your gift plates for friends and family. Or simply enjoy them throughout the year.