This Brown Sugar Candied Pecans Recipe is a delicious, sweet, and savory snack that will make you go nuts. With just 3 ingredients needed this candied nuts recipe is perfect for snacking, desserts, and on top of salads!
Brown Sugar Candied Pecans
Brown sugar candied pecans are the perfect recipe for your next party or holiday gathering. You can even try making these in bulk to give as gifts! These Brown Sugar Candied Pecans Recipes are easy to make and contain only three ingredients: brown sugar, butter, and pecans.
Brown sugar and butter combine to give these candied pecans a rich, caramel-like flavor. Brown Sugar Candied Pecans are the perfect sweet mix for your next party or holiday gathering!
I love making this easy treat for snacking but I also love making them give as gifts. These nuts are always a big hit when I have given them as a gift. So if you are looking for a tasty holiday gift these are perfect! When I give them as a gift I like to make a little basket up that includes these candy nuts, peppermint hot chocolate spoons, Peppermint Hot Chocolate Bombs, Marshmallow hot chocolate cups, and Christmas Tree Oreos.
Tips for Making this recipe
Prepare ahead of time. It is important to have your baking sheet lined ahead of time before you start cooking the candy pecans because you will need to transfer them from the pan on the stove to the baking sheet quickly.
Use parchment paper or a silicone mat. It is important to line the baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat, do not use waxed paper, the nuts will stick to it.
Allow the nuts to cool completely. The nuts will be sticky when you put them on the baking sheet, allow them to cool completely and they will harden as they cool.
Watch the nuts cooking. These candied nuts will cook quickly, so be sure you keep an eye on them as they are cooking.
Why are my Pecans sticky?
The candy pecans will be sticky as they cool, but if they are still sticky after they cool that means the sugar did not get cooked enough when they were cooking on the stove.
How to Fix Sticky Candy nuts
If your nuts are sticky after they are cooled you can save them and fix them. Just put the baking sheet with the nuts on it in the oven at 350°F for 5-10 minutes until the sugar has hardened and they are less sticky.
How to Use Candied Pecans
While candy nuts are a great snack there are lots of other uses for them as well. I like using them for gifts because everyone always loves them but I also like to make them and have them on hand because they are so tasty.
- Salad toppings
- Yogurt Parfaits
- On top of Oatmeal, like Pecan pie Oatmeal and Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal.
- add to snack mix like crock pot chex mix or popcorn snack mix
- Topping for sweet potato casserole, baked sweet potatoes or microwave sweet potatoes.
How to Store Candy Pecans
Candy pecans need to be stored in an airtight container. They can be stored on the counter or in the fridge.
How Long do Candied Pecans last?
Candy pecans will keep for 1 week at room temperature, 3 weeks in the fridge.
Can I freeze candied Peans?
Candied pecans can last for up to 2 months in the freezer if kept in an air-tight container.
Can I make these sugar free?
If you are on a low carb diet or sugar-free diet you can use brown Swerve instead of brown sugar.
Brown Sugar Candied Pecans Ingredients
- pecan halves
- brown sugar
How to make Brown Sugar Candied Pecans
Melt the butter in a small skillet over medium heat.
Stir in the pecans and brown sugar, making sure they are well coated.
Cook pecans over medium heat until the sugar begins to caramelize and the sauce thickens (about 3 minutes).
Spread out pecans on a lined baking sheet to cool.
Brown Sugar Candied Pecans
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 cup pecan halves
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- Melt the butter in a small skillet over medium heat.
- Stir in the pecans and brown sugar, making sure they are well coated.
- Cook pecans over medium heat until the sugar begins to caramelize and the sauce thickens, about 3 minutes
- Spread out pecans on a lined baking sheet to cool.