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These nuts are to die for good!  I never really liked candied nuts until I tried this recipe, but now I love them!  They are great for snacking, putting in salads, and gifting!  They keep wonderfully, so they can be made ahead of time and given as a gift during the holidays.  Unfortunately, I have no memory where I got the original recipe, but that doesn’t change how yummy they are!

I love these candied pecans any time of year, but they taste especially good during the holidays. I like to make up a double batch and keep them on the counter for snacking and in the pantry for a quick something to pull out if someone stops by.  I just have to hide them from my kids because they will devour them in a mater of minutes!

Candied Pecans

  • 2 cups pecans
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Kosher salt

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees.  Butter a rimmed cookie sheet and set aside.

In a large pot mix the pecans, sugar, and water together.  Turn the burner on medium high and stir until the mixture comes to a boil.  Continue to stir while it boils until the mixture crystallizes onto the pecans, about 15 minutes.  You will know when the crystallization has taken place when the liquid has dried up and it becomes too dry to stir.

Pour the pecans onto the cookie sheet and place in the oven.  Bake for 15 minutes and then stir and continue to bake for another 15 minutes.  Remove from the oven and sprinkle with salt.  Allow to cool and store in an airtight container.