The possibilities for candied pecans are endless. Perfectly sweet with hints of spice and orange, you’ll never buy the store bought version again. Roasted candied nuts are scrumptious on their own or as part of a cheese board. Throw them on a salad, ice cream or pancakes, the possibilities are endless.
Unlike traditional candied pecans, these roasted candied nuts have a touch of warm spices like cinnamon and cardamon. There’s enough sugar to make them sweet but not so much that it feels like you’re eating a praline.
The spices balance out the sweetness and a hint orange creates an amazing appetizer or snack. They’re roasted to a perfectly toasty texture that’s guaranteed to be a crowd pleaser. If you’re looking for more savory than sweet, then try spicy nuts or nuts with sage.
Pecans are super popular in the south where they are plentiful. Georgia is the leading producers of pecans with the majority of pecans being grown in the Southern states. The trees will not grow in colder climates.
This means that we get fresh pecans everywhere and you’ll find them to be a staple in a lot of Southern recipes from sweet potato casseroles to pecan pie.
Adding a slightly sweet glaze to these rich nuts, creates an almost candy like treat. You’ll love them on their own for a slightly sweet savory snack. Glazed pecans also make great Christmas gifts. You can easily double, or even triple the recipe then portion into cute gift bags.
If you’re not looking to give these delicious pecans away, you can add them to your favorite salads, they add just a hint of sweetness to a strawberry spinach salad. Another great option is add a handful to the top of some blueberry pancakes or yogurt for extra flavor and a crunchy texture to your breakfast.
There’s nothing like a little sweet mixed in with savory on a charcuterie board, or serve it alongside a creamy corn dip for a variety of flavors.
Are praline pecans the same as candied pecans?
Pralines are simply a type of candy made with pecans. Pralines are normally more buttery than candied pecans but they have a similar taste. Both make excellent gifts for the holiday season.
What makes roasted pecans so special
- They’re made with simple ingredients and classic spices you probably already have
- It’s an easy recipe that makes great gifts
- A perfect topping for salads, ice cream, charcuterie boards, and more!
- With a crunchy texture and light sugary flavor, these glazed pecans are a great snack that will satisfy your sweet tooth
What you’ll need to make roasted candied nuts
- Pecans – Pecan halves work best.
- Spices – Ground cinnamon, cardamon, cloves, black pepper, and sea salt are the staples for this easy candied pecans recipe.
- Orange zest – A basic ingredient that adds so much character, don’t forget to zest the orange before you squeeze it for the juice.
- Orange juice – You only need three tablespoons of orange juice, approximately one orange.
- Vanilla Extract– vanilla makes everything better.
- Brown sugar – Brown sugar over white sugar or maple syrup gives these pecans a deep caramel like flavor.
Easy steps for making candied pecans
Step 1: Roast the pecans
Roast the pecans for 8-10 minutes to bring out the rich flavor.
Step 2: Mix Ingredients
In a small bowl, combine spices and set aside.
Cook the orange juice, vanilla, and brown sugar until it boils while whisking continuously. Let boil for one minute then add pecans.
Step 3: Let cool
Spread pecans out on a prepared baking sheet lined with parchment paper then add orange zest and a pinch of salt while still warm. Let cool and harden, then enjoy.
Candied pecan Tips and FAQs
Why are my candied pecans chewy?
This is most likely because they didn’t cook long enough in the oven or the sugar mixture did not get hot enough to create acandy coating texture.
Do candied pecans need to be refrigerated?
Nope, you can store these homemade candied pecans in an airtight container at room temperature for up to one week. If you’d like to store them for longer, they will last in the fridge for 2-3 weeks, or freeze for several months. Make sure the pecans are completely cooled before storing.
Can you store pecans in Mason jars?
Yes! Storing these pecans in mason jars is such a good idea. Mason jars seal tightly and they’re more reliable than ziplock bags. You can also use mason jars instead of gift bags if you’re giving them out as holiday gifts.
More recipes with pecans
- These pecan brownies are fudgy and packed full of nuts for a bittersweet combination
- Whenever I bring these pecan pie bars, they’re the first thing to go!
- If you’re looking for a new recipe to try, a batch of bourbon pecan oatmeal cookies never disappoints
- This chocolate pecan pie recipe made in a slab tray is a great way to feed a crowd
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- 2 cups Pecan Halves
- 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon Cardamon
- ½ teaspoon Cloves
- ½ teaspoon Black Pepper
- 1 teaspoon Orange Zest
- 3 tablespoons Orange Juice
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- ½ cup Brown Sugar
- Preheat the oven to 350º. Place pecans on a rimmed baking sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes, turning half way through.
- In a small bowl combine orange with cinnamon, cardamon, cloves and pepper and set aside
- Add orange juice, vanilla and brown sugar to a large skillet over medium heat. Bring to a boil and let it boil for a minute, whisk continuously.
- Add pecans and coat completely with the sauce. Add the orange zest and spice mixture then spread them out on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper in an even layer. Sprinkle with salt while still warm.
Barbara’s Tips + Notes
- Watch the nuts closely as they roast, they will burn quickly. Every oven is a little different so check them at 5 minutes.
- Make sure you add the salt while they are still warm.
- Store in an airtight container on the counter, fridge or freezer.
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