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Easy Caramelized Pecans Recipe

Easy Caramelized Pecans Recipe

The only thing better than pumpkin and apple during the fall season is to enjoy caramelized pecans! This fun snack recipe for crunchy pecans will quickly become your favorite.

This season, forget about apples and pumpkins. We have the perfect autumn treat for you with this Caramelized Pecan recipe! This Caramelized Pecan recipe is a deliciously sweet treat to enjoy this time of year.

Pecans are a great addition to most desserts, and they’re even tastier when caramelized.

It’s really easy to make this sweet snack with some simple ingredients like egg whites, pecan halves and just a few minutes of hands on work.

Caramelized Pecans

Our Favorite Ways to Enjoy This Easy Candied Pecans Recipe

Make a big batch of these easy pecans to have on hand for:

  • a quick snack,
  • cheese boards,
  • on a charcuterie board
  • use as a salad topper,
  • and on desserts like ice cream.

Not only that but this easy recipe is great for holiday gifts too. Wrap the pecans in a cellophane bags or box and tie it up with pretty ribbon.

These Caramelized Pecans are a sweet and satisfying snack that will be sure to please any crowd. You don’t have to wait until Thanksgiving or the holiday season either; they’re perfect any time of year. 

Try these delicious, sweet treats today with this easy-to-follow recipe that we’ve provided below.

Caramelized Pecans

How to make these Caramelized Pecans: 

Be sure to scroll down to the bottom of the post for a full, printable recipe!

You’ll need: 

  • 1 egg white
  • cream of tartar
  • vanilla extract 
  • fresh pecans
  • brown sugar
  • half cup sugar
  • teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • teaspoon salt
  • a cookie sheet
Caramelized Pecans

1 egg white
cream of tartar
vanilla extract 
pecans
brown sugar
white sugar
cinnamon
salt

Preheat oven to 300F

Line a prepared baking sheet with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper. If using parchment paper, you may want to apply a light spray of cooking oil to prevent sticking. Set aside.

With an electric mixer, beat the egg white and cream of tartar until light and frothy, about 4 minutes.

Beat in the teaspoon of vanilla until just combined.

Fold the pecans into the egg white mixture, coating completely.

In a small separate bowl, combine the sugars and salt to make the sugary coating.

Stir the cinnamon sugar mixture into the pecan mixture until completely combined.

Caramelized Pecans

Fold the coated pecans onto your prepared baking sheet in a single layer and bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour 30 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes.

Bake until the pecan coating turns into a crunchy coating. The sugar crystals will be a bit sticky, but the stickiness will go away as they cool at room temperature.

Allow your final product to cool on the baking sheet fully before breaking up and storing or serving.

Caramelized Pecans

Use a Different Flavor Combination to Make This Delicious Recipe for Candied Nuts!

There is an assortment of sugars, salts, spices and herbs to choose from when making candied nuts recipes like this one! You can try out different combinations or simply stick with the classic sugar-salt combo.

Whichever way works best for you get ready to enjoy some deliciousness in no time at all! Some favorites include:

  • Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • Maple Syrup
  • a pinch of Cayenne Pepper
  • Powdered sugar
Caramelized Pecans

How to Store Your Pecans

Store your caramelized pecans in an airtight container ( such as a mason jar or a covered container). Keep them at room temperature and they are best within a week, but will keep up to three months if stored properly.

Caramelized Pecans

Some of my other favorite recipes to use with pecans: 

Pecan Pie Cupcakes 
Bite Size Pecan Cheese Balls
Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Pecans and Pineapple
Fruit and Chicken Salad With Homemade Poppy Seed Dressing
Pecan Pie Cake 
Puff Pastry Chocolate Pecan Palmiers

Caramelized Pecans
Candied Pecans Recipe
Caramelized Pecans recipe

Caramelized Pecans recipe

Yield: 12
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
The only thing better than pumpkin and apple during the fall season is to enjoy caramelized pecans! This fun snack recipe for crunchy pecans will quickly become your favorite.

Ingredients

  • 1 egg white
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract or vanilla paste
  • 3 cups pecans
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Instructions

    1. Preheat oven to 300F
    2. Line a baking sheet with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper. If using parchment paper, you may want to apply a light spray of cooking oil to prevent sticking. Set aside.
    3. With an electric mixer, beat the egg white and cream of tartar until light and frothy, about 4 minutes.
    4. Beat in the vanilla until just combined.
    5. Fold the pecans into the egg white mixture, coating completely.
    6. In a small separate bowl, combine the sugars and salt.
    7. Stir the sugar mixture into the pecan mixture until completely combined.
    8. Fold the coated pecans onto your prepared baking sheet and bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour 30 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes.
    9. Bake until the pecan coating is as crunchy as you desire - they will be a bit sticky, but the stickiness will go away as they cool at room temperature.
    10. Allow your Caramelized Pecans to cool on the baking sheet fully before breaking up and storing or serving.

Notes

Use a Different Flavor Combination to Make This Delicious Recipe for Candied Nuts!

There is an assortment of sugars, salts, spices and herbs to choose from when making candied nuts recipes like this one! You can try out different combinations or simply stick with the classic sugar-salt combo. Whichever way works best for you get ready to enjoy some deliciousness in no time at all! Some favorites include:

Pumpkin Pie Spice

Maple Syrup

a pinch of Cayenne Pepper

Powdered sugar

How to Store Your Pecans

Store your caramelized pecans in an airtight container ( such as a mason jar or a covered container). Keep them at room temperature and they are best within a week, but will keep up to three months if stored properly.

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