Quick and Easy Candied Pecans

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Quick and Easy Candied Pecans are a special occasion treat that you can make any time. This bite size confection is made with pantry staple ingredients and are ready to devour in about 30 minutes.

candied pecans on a table

Pure Candied Pecan Perfection

You know, sometimes, simple is just better. I can think of times I have eaten something delicious, gotten the recipe and used every pot in my kitchen to replicate it. It was work! Lots of times, it is so worth it but often times, we miss the very thing that is simple and just as effective. Take for instance, our HOMEMADE BROWNIES, they are made with pantry staple ingredients and are the perfect brownie, every single time.

There is just something to be said for simple. Especially when you probably have the ingredients you need waiting at home! We love showing you easy and surprisingly good recipes that you don’t have to make a trip to the store for! Just like our HAMBURGER SKILLET, you can throw this one together in a pinch!

How to Make Them

With only 6 simple ingredients, you can whip these up and have them ready for company or a food gift within 30 minutes. They will be worth every minute you have to wait with baited breath too!

~Ingredients

  • 1 cup raw pecan halves
  • 1/4 cup Sugar
  • 1 & 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon egg whites
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

~Method

  1. . Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Mix both sugars and cinnamon in a bowl.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk egg whites and vanilla until frothy.
  3. Add pecans to egg whites and stir to coat.
  4. Pour pecans into sugar mixture and stir to coat.
  5. Spread in a single layer on a greased sheet pan.
  6. Bake 15 minutes and stir. Bake an additional 15 minutes, cool and enjoy!

Tips and Tricks

Can I cook them in an air fryer?

You sure can! Prep them the same way and cook at 300 degrees for 15-20 minutes, stirring or shaking at 5 minute intervals.

Are these considered Pralines?

Nope, Pralines are their own glorious thing. Normally coated in a thick caramel type candy. They are chewy in texture and these are more crisp and hard candy texture than their Louisiana native cousin!

Why did mine come out chewy and soft?

More than likely they didn’t cook long enough. The 30 minute cook time (traditional, 15-20 for air fryer) should be sufficient. However, if you find they are still sticky or soft, cook them a little more, watching closely in 5 minute intervals until they crisp up. Also, make sure your ingredients are not old and are good and fresh!

Simple and Delicious

Keeping things simple, especially around the Holidays, really is a great thing to do. Making these for a party or for a simple gift is a game changer. Truthfully, they are just good to have around all of the time!

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Quick and Easy Candied Pecans

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Quick and Easy Candied Pecans are a special occasion treat that you can make any time. This bite size confection is made with pantry staple ingredients and are ready to devour in about 30 minutes.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup raw pecan halves
  • 1/4 cup Sugar
  • 1and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon egg whites
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Mix both sugars and cinnamon in a bowl.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk egg whites and vanilla until frothy.
  3. Add pecans to egg whites and stir to coat.
  4. Pour pecans into sugar mixture and stir to coat.
  5. Spread in a single layer on a greased sheet pan.
  6. Bake 15 minutes and stir. Bake an additional 15 minutes, cool and enjoy!

Nutrition Information
Yield 4 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 276Total Fat 19gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 16gCholesterol 0mgSodium 10mgCarbohydrates 28gFiber 3gSugar 25gProtein 3g

**Nutritional Values are estimates only

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