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Easy Candied Pecans

These Easy Candied Pecans only have three ingredients! Great to make for a snack or salad topper.

I love using candied pecans in recipes, but find most traditional recipes to be too involved for a quick weeknight meal. This simple recipe allows for quick candied pecans using three simple ingredients and your stove top. Candied pecans perfectly liven up salads, or serve as a delicious, quick snack. 

I use these candied pecans to top this insanely delicious baked brie, as well as my absolute favorite salad.

Easy Candied Pecans

Three simple ingredients: pecans, butter, and brown sugar!

Confession time. I have a really hard time eating nuts plain. I know that raw almonds, pecans, and walnuts are incredibly good for you and should ideally be eaten plain. But, my taste buds won't allow it. So, I typically candy nuts and add them into my recipes. 

Pecans are most commonly used in pecan pie, but their health benefits warrant their use in more dishes than just dessert. They contain the "good fats" needed to prevent plaque build up in your arteries. A diet rich in nuts can help with weigh management since they are nutrient rich and help people feel full. They also contain fats, vitamins, and minerals that help reduce breast cancer risk, reduce blood pressure, strengthen bones, and reduce stroke risk. Pecans also contain vitamins that promote healthy skin and nails. 

Really, what I'm trying to do here is make us all feel better about coating these pecans in butter and brown sugar. Did it work? 

Easy Candied Pecans

Quick and easy candied pecans. Perfect for a salad addition or a quick snack!


Easy Candied Pecans

Easy Candied Pecans

Quick and easy candied pecans. A perfect addition to salads, or a sweet snack!


  • ½ cup halved pecans
  • 1.5 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1.5 tablespoon brown sugar


  1. Heat a small saucepan on medium.
  2. Add butter.
  3. When butter is melted, add pecans and brown sugar.
  4. Stir until brown sugar is melted and pecans are well coated.
  5. Spread pecans out on wax paper to cool.


  • This recipe makes enough for a small snack, or to use as an addition to a dinner salad. Feel free to multiply the recipe for more yield.

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