Vegan – Gluten/Wheat Free – Soy Free – Corn Free
Carnivals, sports games, concerts, festivals – it never fails that at each of these events you’ll walk past a tent and smell that sweetness of candied nuts being made. If you’re like me, your feet just automatically walk to get in line. The hardest decision for me is picking between almonds or pecans and then practicing self-control to make my serving last as long as I can so I can savor the yummy goodness. It’s so hard though, isn’t it? – when they are warm and fresh and oooooohhhhhh sooooooo delish-ous! But what if I tell you that you can have a simple version done on your stove-top at home in less than 10 minutes?
For reals...Who doesn’t like some nuts as a snack, garnish a salad with, add to home-made granola or trail mix? And what’s better than some candied pecans to add that lil bit of sweetness, crunch, & pizzazz? We all deserve a lil dessert treat in our lives from time to time; and at least if I’m eating something with sugar, I’m at least eating some “good fats” (nuts) with it…right? – must – justify – my – indulgences 😉 <— makes me feel better.
All ingredients are typical items everyone has in the pantry, so you won’t be heading to the store to whip these up. Just head to your baking supplies, pull out your brown sugar and cinnamon and you’re in business. This recipe not only works well on pecans, but throw in any of your favorite nuts – almonds, cashews, peanuts – and enjoy the sweet flavor of scrumptious candied treats.
- 1 cup pecan halves
- ½ cup brown sugar, packed
- ¼ tsp salt
- ¼ tsp cinnamon
- 2 tbsp water
- cinnamon sugar mixture, optional* (see notes)
- Combine all ingredients except pecans in a non-stick skillet over medium heat for 1-2 mins or until sugar dissolves & mixture is bubbling.
- Add pecans & cook for an additional 3 minutes, stirring to coat all pecans.
- Remove from heat & spread pecans out on parchment paper in a single layer & sprinkle with cinnamon sugar mixture, optional.
- Let cool for up to an hour before putting in a tight sealing jar to store. You want to make sure they are cooled enough to not all stick to each other and form a clump.