Candied Pecans are a sweet and crunchy treat that is easy to mix together and bake anytime you need to satisfy a sweet tooth! I also have Candied Walnuts which are a perfectly sweet and crunchy snack.

Overhead of Candied Pecans in a Pan
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Candied Pecans

Don’t wait until National Pecan Day (April 14th) to indulge in this sweet and nutty snack. Pecans are buttery nuts that are packed with antioxidants and keep you satisfied! The glaze that is added to these pecans gives just enough sweetness to go perfectly with the nutty crunch.

Candied Pecans Poured onto Sheet Pan

The Best Candied Pecans? 

Yes, these really are! Please know that I tested recipes for over 6 months trying to get the perfect consistency, flavor, and crunch on the final product. I also wanted to make sure they were shiny and beautiful, which means there was the perfect crystalization happening in the sugars. I also wanted to create a recipe that did not use egg or egg whites. This recipe for candied pecans is simply perfection!

These pecans are a great holiday treat to share; but, you don’t need to make this easy snack just for the holidays! Keep them around to grab anytime you need a sweet fix.

The main ingredients are pecans, of course. I use the best quality I can find and make sure there are as many whole pecans as possible. I also use honey… and this is my secret ingredient! Honey is the reason they are so beautiful and glistening. Don’t skip it! And of course, use real honey if you can.

Overhead of Candied Pecans in Pan with Spoon

How to Store Candied Nuts

Candied pecans can be stored in a few different ways. Store them in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week. If you keep them in the refrigerator, they will last up to three weeks. Freeze the nuts for up to 2 months, making sure to label and date the container.

Candied Pecans in Jar

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Candied Pecans

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Candied Pecans are a sweet and crunchy treat that is easy to mix together and bake anytime you need to satisfy a sweet tooth!


  • 2 ½ cups (247.5 g) pecans, halved
  • ¼ cup (50 g) light brown sugar, packed
  • ¼ cup (85 g) honey
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl, mix together the pecans, brown sugar, honey, salt, and melted butter. The pecan halves should be well coated.
  • Spread the coated pecans evenly on the lined baking sheet.
  • Bake for 20 minutes, stirring them at the 10 and 15-minute mark. (The pecans are done cooking when they are a deep brown color.)
  • Remove from the oven. Stir the pecans, spreading them out. Let cool completely before serving. (If the pecans are not crunchy enough, simply put them back in the oven to bake longer.)

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