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Easy Candied Pecans

Servings: 4 cups
Author: Kelly the Kitchen Kop


  • 6 Tablespoons butter pastured butter is best
  • 4 cups pecans chopped, or 1# pecan pieces — starting with these “Crispy Nuts” is most nutritious — read more at that link (Note: You could also use this same recipe with almonds or walnuts)
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt or more as needed
  • 6 Tablespoons real maple syrup or more to your own taste, you could also use coconut sugar but I like the taste of the maple syrup better.


  • Melt butter in a large stainless steel or cast iron pan, add the pecans and salt, and stir for about 5 minutes on medium high heat as they start to get crispy.  Don't walk away, these can burn quickly!
  • Add the syrup, and keep stirring another 5-10 minutes or so, but this timing depends on how hot you have the heat.  If it's too hot it can quickly burn.  The point is to get them to crisp up. They do get more crispy as they cool though, so keep that in mind.
  • Spread onto parchment paper on the counter and let cool. 
  • These will clump together as they cool, just break them apart before serving.
  • This makes a lot, but keep in mind that quite a few will disappear as you're cooking because NOT taste-testing is impossible.