A trey of lightly candied pecans scattered on it. The pecans have just a touch of brown sugar and are lightly sweet and crunchy.
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Lightly Candied Pecans

Lightly candied pecans with a subtle sweet, crunchy crust. Ideal for snacking or to serve alongside dessert. I love them with pumpkin pie and whipped cream.
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins


  • 1 1/2 cups pecan halves
  • 1 Tbsp. salted butter
  • 3 Tbsp. dark brown sugar


  • Line a sheet pan with wax or parchment paper. Set aside.
  • Measure sugar and set aside.
  • In a large sauce pan melt the butter over medium-high heat. Stir in the pecans with a wooden spatula.
  • Add sugar and stir constantly for two minutes.
  • Spread candied nuts out on prepared sheet pan. Use the spatula to separate them so they are not touching.
  • When the nuts are completely cool store in a airtight container.


One of the beautiful things about this recipe is that it does not need to be baked in the oven!