Glazed Pecans are a simple to prepare, sweet, and crunchy treat your whole family will love. Give them as a gift to your friends and loved ones!
We recently shared our strawberry spinach salad recipe and made homemade glazed pecans to top it. These sugar-coated pecans are ready in minutes and bring the salad to the next level!
What You’ll Find In This Post About Making Glazed Pecans
Glazed Pecan Ingredients
Pecans are the main ingredient in this recipe, along with butter, sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla. It’s a short list of ingredients, yet it makes irresistible sugared pecans!
- Butter: The butter and sugar combine to make a sweet, flavorful glaze.
- Brown Sugar: We used brown sugar as our sweetener to add flavor. You can also use white sugar, but it will taste a bit different.
- Water: Water helps to thin the glaze mixture so the pecans get an even coating.
- Cinnamon: We added ground cinnamon for extra flavor. Ginger, clove, or nutmeg would also be delicious, or skip the spices altogether if you prefer.
- Kosher Salt: We used kosher salt to add flavor. Sea salt is another good option.
- Vanilla: We used a bit of vanilla to flavor the glaze. For a twist, you could try maple or almond extract, or if you prefer, you can skip it altogether.
- Pecans: You’ll need two cups of chopped pecans. You can use this recipe with an equal amount of walnuts, cashews, or almonds.
How To Make Glazed Pecans
These glazed pecans are really simple to make! All you need is a stove or cooktop, a saucepan, and a parchment-lined baking sheet to let them cool on, and you’ll be snacking away in minutes.
- Glaze: Start by combining everything except the vanilla and pecans in a saucepan. Bring to a simmer and stir until the sugar dissolves.
- Vanilla: Add the vanilla extract and chopped pecans to the saucepan.
- Coat: Stir the pecans into the mixture thoroughly until coated evenly.
- Cool: Place on a baking sheet to cool.
Storage and Gifting
Glazed pecans are a great gift if you can sneak them away before your family eats them! After they’ve cooled, store them at room temperature in an airtight container for 1-2 weeks, in the fridge for 2-3 weeks, or in the freezer for 1-2 months.
Put the pecans into small mason jars or cellophane bags to give as gifts. Add bright ribbons and a tag with a description. You could also include a printed card with the recipe so they can make it themselves in the future.
Glazed Pecan Frequently Asked Questions
No, they are not the same. Candied pecans include egg whites, while glazed pecans are made with butter and sugar.
This can happen if the glaze isn’t cooked long enough or doesn’t reach the correct temperature to dissolve the sugar.
We like to use them on salads, but they’re great with ice cream, too. You could even add them to a bowl of oatmeal or sprinkle them over your pancakes and waffles!
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- Combine the butter, brown sugar, water, ground cinnamon, and kosher salt in a saucepan. Bring to a simmer of medium heat. Cook while stirring for 1-2 minutes, until the sugar is dissolved.
- Stir in the vanilla and chopped pecans. Continue cooking for 2-3 minutes, stirring constantly.
- Remove from heat and spread on a parchment-lined rimmed baking sheet to cool.