Candied Maple Pecans

5 Ingredient Candied Maple Pecans. The perfect snack or appetizer to serve during the Holidays. These candied pecans are addictive. They keep for up to 2 months!

Do you go nuts for pecans? Try my 4-Ingredient Maple Pecan Granola, and my Pecan Pie Bars are a delicious treat anytime!

Spoon lifting Maple Candied Pecans from a white dish.

Maple Candied Pecans

These candied pecans are delicious as a snack or appetizer. They are also great on a salad for an added crunch! I love to serve these easy candied pecans during the holidays or give them away as a gift.

What I love most about this recipe is that the pecans are naturally sweetened with maple syrup. I prefer making my candied pecans with maple syrup versus brown sugar or granulated sugar. I love the flavor the maple syrup adds.

Best of all you only need 5 ingredients and 10 minutes of prep to make this recipe. They last for up to 2 months in a sealed jar at room temperature. Candied Pecans are a great recipe to double or triple batch so that you always have some on hand, and you can also give them away. Here’s what you’ll need:

Ingredients

  • Maple syrup: I like to use a good quality maple syrup. You can substitute honey if you don’t have maple syrup on hand. Just add a couple of extra minutes to cooking time.
  • Butter: Salted or unsalted butter works!
  • Salt: Adds so much flavor to the pecans. I love the sweet and salty combo!
  • Vanilla: Is added for flavor. It really brings out the warmth and sweetness of these Maple Pecans. You can omit it if you don’t like vanilla.
  • Pecans: Walnuts, cashews, or almonds would also work great.

Maple Candied Pecans on a baking tray with a spatula.

How to make Candied Maple Pecans

  1. Prep: Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Mix: Add all of the ingredients to a medium bowl and toss to combine.
  3. Spread the mixture out into an even layer on the prepared baking sheet.
  4. Bake for 10 minutes then stir. Bake for an additional 10 minutes or until golden brown and most of the liquid is absorbed.
  5. Cool: Allow them to sit for 10 minutes and stir again to break up big clumps.
  6. Store pecans in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 months!

Variations

  • Add some cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice to the nuts before roasting.
  • For a kick add a pinch of cayenne pepper.
  • Add a splash of bourbon instead of the vanilla extract to make Bourbon Maple Pecans!

Tips for Success

  • Because of the high sugar content, maple pecans can burn easily while cooking. To prevent this, cook them at a low temperature. I find that 325°F for 10 minutes is just right!
  • This recipe can easily be doubled or tripled to make extra to give to friends and family during the holidays. Just make sure to use two or more baking sheets and that the pecans are spread out into an even layer.
  • Make it vegan by using plant-based butter.
  • Store Maple Pecans in an airtight container (like a jar) at room temperature for up to 2 months.

What is a maple pecan?

Maple pecans are pecans that are heated and coated in maple syrup. Then they cool down and become hard and crunchy. They make a deliciously addictive snack or toss it on top of a salad. You can even give them away as a gift!

Are pecans naturally sweet?

Pecans are a nut that does have a natural sweetness to them, but not sweet like candy. Cooking them with maple syrup enhances their natural sweetness.

How long are candied pecans good for?

Candied maple pecans can last for up to 2 months at room temperature in an airtight container like a jar.

Spoon lifting Maple Candied Pecans from a white dish.

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Maple Candied Pecans

5 from 6 votes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 8 (3 cups total)

5 Ingredient Maple Candied Pecans. The perfect snack or appetizer to serve during the Holidays. These candied pecans are addicting!

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 3 cups pecan halves

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Add all of the ingredients to a medium bowl and toss to combine. Spread the mixture out into an even layer on the prepared baking sheet.
  • Bake for 10 minutes then stir. Bake for an additional 10 minutes or until golden brown and most of the liquid is absorbed.
  • Allow them to sit for 10 minutes and stir again to break up big clumps.
  • Store pecans in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 months!
Nutrition Facts
Maple Candied Pecans
Amount Per Serving
Calories 299 Calories from Fat 252
% Daily Value*
Fat 28g43%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 4mg1%
Sodium 219mg10%
Potassium 175mg5%
Carbohydrates 12g4%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 65IU1%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 37mg4%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Easy Appetizer, Healthy Snacks, Holiday Recipes, Maple Candied Pecans