Homemade Candied Nuts Recipe (Pecans, Walnuts or Almonds)

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Candied Pecans Recipe

Homemade candied nuts are so addictive!  If you taste them, you just won’t be able to stop eating them :)  You can eat them as a snack, or you can add them to salads.I made the candied nuts myself for the first time because I needed candied pecans for a salad but couldn’t find them at the store.  So I bought regular pecans and made them candied myself! Now I’ll never go back to buying store-bought candied nuts.  It’s so easy to make your own candied nuts, and the result is so much better than store-bought candied nuts!

Homemade Candied Nuts (Pecans, Walnuts or Almonds) Recipe


  • 2 cups nuts
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tbsp butter

Cooking time: 5 minute(s)

Directions How To Make Candied Nuts:

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.  You won’t be baking anything – candied nuts are made on the stove – but you need this parchment paper for letting the candied nuts dry after they are ready.  Don’t use foil instead of the parchment paper – it will stick to the nuts.  When it comes to making candied nuts, there is no substitute to parchment paper.

Melt butter in a large non-stick frying pan over medium-high heat.  Add sugar and nuts.  Reduce heat to medium. Mix everything and cook, stirring constanly, until sugar completely dissolves and all the nuts are coated with the brown caramel (about 5 minutes).  Be careful not to burn the nuts!

After all the nuts are candied, remove them promptly to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.    Distribute the nuts in a single layer so they are not touching.  After the nuts cool down, you can put them in a bowl.

Enjoy your homemade candied nuts!

Here are some more pictures of candied pecans:

Candied Pecans On A Pretty Plate
candied pecans recipe

homemade candied pecans on a plate

Candied Pecans Drying On 2 Baking Sheets Lined With Parchment Paper
candied pecans right after cooking
These are piping hot, just cooked, cooling down!  Don’t you want to taste this hot caramel coating? Yum!

If you never made candied pecans before, check out my step-by-step instructions on how to make candied pecans.

Also, check out my super-yummy spinach salad recipe with candied pecans.

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  1. I love candied nuts and I always seem to buy these from vendors at festivals. I have saved this recipe so I can make at home. These would make for a great food gift item-glad you posted this!

  2. I’d go crazy with these :). You know whats fabulous about them? They can be delicious in anything from a healthy salad to a decadent ice cream sundae! The possibilities.. (sigh)
    *kisses* HH
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  3. Oh I can totally imagine how addicting these are! DANGEROUS! During the summer I ate too many nuts while working on blog at night and I think I gained a little bit from them. But still it won’t stop me eating these yummy candied nuts though. I think making small portion at a time is what I need. :-)

  4. Oh my gosh, yes, I can’t be trusted around candied nuts! So desperately wonderful! I haven’t made any in a long time, but I’m so tempted by this recipe :)

  5. Omgsh, tell me about not being able to stop eating them!! Haha, I don’t make them as often as I would like to~But they’re dangerous :P I normally love making them with spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, etc.

  6. I love pecans and for that matter any nuts. Love to add them to salads or just eat at it as a snack. I am definitely going to try your recipe out for candied pecans. Been looking for an easy recipe for very long.
    Will try and let you know.

  7. I just made this with pecans and pine nuts. Oh. My. Gawd. Sooooo easy. I don’t even bother with my oven. The only thing I added to the mix is honey and a few smidgets of salt to counter the sweet taste.

    Thank you!!!! Thank you for such a simple and easy recipe.

  8. I made these twice in the same day, and never got the sugar to dissolve in the butter. Mine turned out with granulated sugar clumps. Very disappointed :(

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