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These maple pecans are the perfect sweet snack or salad topping. You’ll love these fast and easy candied pecans!

close-up of several candied maple roasted pecans

Mmmm candied nuts. They can’t be beat. They’re nice and simple to make, as well.

They’re the perfect fall/winter treat. Or homemade edible Christmas gift idea!

I added some vanilla and a pinch of salt to make these maple roasted pecans extra moreish.

I’m no stranger to maple pecans… I have a maple pecan Brussels sprouts recipe if you’re interested.

glass bowl with maple roasted pecans

How to make maple pecans in the oven

Melt the butter and sugar in a microwave-safe bowl. Stir in the vanilla, maple syrup, nuts, and a pinch of salt.

Spread the pecans out on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake at 400F for 8 minutes.

baking sheet with maple roasted candied pecans

Pro tip: I originally baked these for 10 minutes, but that was a tad too much, and some nuts were overdone. I suggest giving them 8 minutes and/or stirring them halfway through baking. I don’t think it’s totally necessary to stir them, but they will cook more evenly if you do.

If you don’t have a microwave, you can always melt the butter/sugar in a pot and then add the other ingredients and nuts in there before transferring them to the baking sheet.

close-up of maple roasted pecans

So, maple glazed pecans for salads or just for munching on? I’d choose both! These candied nuts are the perfect holiday/Thanksgiving/Christmas party snack.

Questions? Ask me in the comments below!

These maple roasted pecans are the perfect fall/winter snack! They're super easy to make and ready in under 25 minutes.
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Maple Pecans

These maple pecans are the perfect sweet snack or salad topping. You'll love these fast and easy candied pecans!
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 12 minutes
Total: 22 minutes
Servings: 6


  • 2 cups pecan halves
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons (packed) brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • Pinch of salt


  • Preheat oven to 400F and move the rack to the middle position. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat non-stick mat.
  • Add the butter and brown sugar to a microwave-safe bowl and melt the butter. You can do this step on the stove too if you prefer. Give it a good stir.
  • Add the vanilla extract, maple syrup, and salt to the bowl. Continue to stir it until the sugar has pretty much dissolved (ok if it's not perfect).
  • Add the pecans to the bowl and mix until they're coated. 
  • Spread the pecans out in an even layer on the lined baking sheet and bake for 8 minutes. If you're concerned about them cooking evenly on both sides, stir them halfway. I don't think it's necessary and skip this step, however.
  • Once they're done roasting, let them cool for a few minutes, then add them to a ZipLoc or sealed container to stay fresh for a few days.


  • Recipe idea came from my brain, but the cooking technique is inspired by this recipe.

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