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Candied Pecans

Candied Pecans
  • Serves:4
  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Cook Time: 5 min


  • 4 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt, see notes
  • Pinch cayenne pepper, optional
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 1/2 cups (4 ounces) pecan halves


  1. Place a piece of parchment paper or a silicone baking mat on the counter.

  2. To a medium skillet set over medium heat, add the brown sugar, cinnamon, salt, cayenne and water. Cook, stirring often until the sugar melts and begins bubbling, about 1 minute.

  3. Stir the pecans into the sugar and cook, continuing to stir, until the pecans are coated and beginning to look sticky, about 1 to 2 minutes.

  4. Transfer the candied pecans to the prepared parchment or baking mat and spread into a single layer. Allow the pecans to cool down. Before serving, break them apart.

  5. Let the pecans cool completely and store them in an airtight container. They will last at room temperature for up to one week, in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks, and in the freezer for up to 4 weeks.