Side Dish | December 18, 2017

Candied Pecans

These candied pecans have been on here for a long while, they’re buried way back in the archives. Just because they’re buried doesn’t mean I don’t make them all the time! They are one of our family favorites. They’re perfect all year around but I find them especially festive during the holidays. 

candied pecans on table

The uses for candied pecans are endless! I typically love to make the for this pear salad, but they are so delicious on their own that sometimes they dont even make it to the salad before we eat them all. Even the kids love them.

candied pecans atop pear salad

How to make candied pecans

candied pecan ingredients over wooden cutting board

Take your favorite skillet and melt the butter, add sugar, spices and stir. Add in pecans and cook on med-high eat till the sugar is completely dissolved. You want the nuts to be completely coated.

candied pecans cooking in pan

Take them immediately off heat and let them cool on parchment paper or foil. As the sugar cools it will harden to a light sugary shell.

close up shot of candied pecans

Top candied pecans on any salad, fill a mason jar with them and gift them to friends! set them out as a snack or appetizer for parties.  I had them with steamed carrots the other night and they were incredible! There are countless ways to use these gorgeous babies.

candied pecans atop pear salad

Pear and Pecan Salad


I love to pair these candied pecans on a special salad once served to be by one of my oldest and best friends. She made a delicious candied pear salad, with pears. We often love to add extra berries like sliced strawberries, blueberries and blackberries. During the winter months pomegranates and pears are also a perfect match! Top it with a homemade creamy poppyseed dressing– or your favorite store bought one.


5 from 1 vote
Caramelized Cinnamon Pecans
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
20 mins

Top candied pecans on any salad or fill a mason jar with them and gift them to friends! They make a great appetizer, too- the possibilities are endless!

Course: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: caramelized pecans, salad toppings
Servings: 1 cups
Calories: 797 kcal
Author: Desarae
  • 1/4 c. sugar
  • 1/2 t. salt
  • 1/4 t. cinnamon
  • 1/4 t. ginger
  • 1/4 t. pepper
  • pinch of cayenne
  • 2 T. butter
  • 1 1/2 c. chopped pecans
  1. Mix sugar, salt, ginger, pepper and cayenne
  2. In skillet, melt butter,  combine with sugar mix and pecans.

  3. Heat on medium stirring constantly until sugar is melted and nuts are coated. cool on parchment paper or lightly greased aluminum foil.

Nutrition Facts
Caramelized Cinnamon Pecans
Amount Per Serving (0.5 c)
Calories 797 Calories from Fat 1539
% Daily Value*
Fat 171g263%
Saturated Fat 15g94%
Cholesterol 2mg1%
Sodium 139mg6%
Potassium 970mg28%
Carbohydrates 72g24%
Fiber 22g92%
Sugar 48g53%
Protein 21g42%
Vitamin A 130IU3%
Vitamin C 2.6mg3%
Calcium 166mg17%
Iron 6mg33%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.



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