These maple pecans are the perfect sweet snack or salad topping. You'll love these fast and easy candied 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.
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.
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.
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!
- 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.
You may also like my candied cashews recipe.