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Candied pecans on stovetop

Easy and simple candied pecans recipe made in 10 minutes.

Course Appetizer, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword candied pecans, candied pecans on stovetop, candied pecans recipe, caramelized pecans
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Servings 2 cups
Author One Sarcastic Baker


  • 3/4 Cup Granulated sugar (150 g / 5 oz)
  • 3 tbsp Water (45 ml)
  • 1 TBSP Dried milk powder (optional, see notes) (7 g / 0.25 oz)
  • 2 Cups Toasted pecans (120 g / 4 oz)


  1. At the center of a large wide skillet, mount the sugar and drizzle the water on top.

  2. Place the sillet ontop of the stove over medium-high heat.

  3. As the sugar dissolve it will bubble from the sides of the pan towards the center a, then change it color from transperent to golden brown.

  4. Once the sides of the sugar turn to golden brown, sprinkle in the dried milk powder followed by the nuts.

  5. Remove from heat and vigorously stir with a wooden spoon.

  6. Spread the now caramelized pecans ontop of a baking sheet lined with parchment paper in a single layer and let cool until crystalize.

Recipe Notes

  • Do not stir the sugar with a spoon before adding the nuts, it will cause the sugar to crystalize and have a gritty unpleasant texture, if needed swirl the pan.
  • Make sure to remove the skillet from the stove as soon as the sugar is golden brown. The darker the sugar the more bitter the flavor.
  • Allow the nuts to fully cool for a crunchy texture.
  • Caramelized sugar is extremely hot when firstly made and during the process, it can burn the skin pretty hard, so make sure not to touch it with your fingers.