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The Easiest Stovetop Candied Pecans

Pecans, maple syrup, salt & cinnamon are all you need to make this tasty stovetop candied pecan recipe! They have just the right amount of sweetness, are so easy to make & perfect for every occasion too! (Plus they'd be such a great homemade gift for Christmas!)
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: candied pecans, Christmas, cinnamon, easy, gluten free, healthier candied nuts, maple syrup, stovetop
Servings: 2 servings
Author: Caitlin


  • 1 cup pecans
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon, optional


  • Add all your ingredients to a pot on the stove and bring it to a boil over medium heat. Once the syrup starts to boil, turn the heat down to medium low (closer to low) and let it simmer for 18-20 mintues, stirring occasionally. Your pecans will go through 3 phases before they're ready.
  • Phase 1 - The Liquid Phase: Your maple syrup will be very runny and glistening over your pecans.
  • Phase 2 - The Thicker Syrup Phase: A thicker syrup will form and your pecans will become very sticky. (Keep a close eye on your pecans from this point on and stir them often to avoid burning. If the pecans are cooking too fast, turn your burner down to low.)
  • Phase 3 - The Crystallization Phase: Your syrup will completely evaporate and crystallize onto your pecans. (This is when they're done.)
  • Once the syrup has crystallized, pour your pecans out on a tray and let them cool completely. Serve immediately or store them for later.