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How To: Make Candied Nuts

Candied nuts are easy to make, perfectly sweet, and great for sprinkling on just about anything.

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Today I’m going to teach you how to make sugar coated nuts. For this tutorial, I’m using pecans, but you can use any nut you like.

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1. Add 1/2 cup of pecans to a sauté pan with 1/4 cup of granulated sugar. Over medium heat, allow the sugar to melt.

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2. When the sugar begins to melt, use a wooden spoon to gently stir the nuts to coat with melted sugar.

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3. Watch the pan like a hawk. The process only takes about 5 minutes, so don’t stray too far from the stove. Your nuts can take a turn for the worse in a matter of seconds.

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4. Cook the nuts, stirring occasionally, until the sugar is completely dissolved and the nuts are toasty.

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5. Transfer the mixture to a parchment or silicone lined baking sheet. Allow the nuts to cool completely.

6. Store the cooled nuts in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks in your pantry. Do not store the candied nuts in the fridge.

14 Responses to “How To: Make Candied Nuts”

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    Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness — January 13, 2014 at 8:43 am

    Candied nuts are my life, especially on a big ‘ol salad.
    Or, just by the handful instead of eating a “real” meal.
    Not that I have ever done that or anything…
    I can never get mine to turn out as good as the restaurants ones so I am all over this tutorial! Pinned!

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    • Jennie replied January 13th, 2014 at 9:12 am

      Mine too, Taylor. I love them on a fresh salad (coming up tomorrow).

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    shannon — January 13, 2014 at 8:43 am

    Great tutorial! and very practical, as well: it’s a good tool to have in your cooking arsenal, since candied nuts can be used to top so many things. Thanks, Jennie!

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    • Jennie replied January 13th, 2014 at 9:12 am

      Thanks, Shannon! As I was making them, I found that it would be much easier to explain if I provided a picture tutorial. Tomorrow, I’m topping them on a delicious winter salad.

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    Kate @ Coffee with Kate — January 13, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    This is perfect for me! I’ve got leftover pecans and walnut pieces from a pecan pie dip I made over the holidays …

    Pecan Pie Dip (if you’re curious — it’s amazing):
    http://www.coffeewithkate.com/2013/12/26/merry-merry-day-after-christmas-recap/

    I’ve been contemplating what to do with the leftovers, so this is going to happen!

    Thanks so much

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    Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction — January 13, 2014 at 4:04 pm

    Love candied nuts! I always eat way to many of them if there is a dish nearby!

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    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — January 14, 2014 at 1:08 am

    I never make candied nuts! These look so addicting!

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    Amy @ Elephant Eats — January 14, 2014 at 1:04 pm

    I love making candied nuts just like these for salads! Great, easy tutorial!!

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    Katherine {eggton} — January 14, 2014 at 5:30 pm

    I am totally digging these. I too often don’t have candied nuts lying around so I wind up dumping raw nuts onto my spinach salads and thinking to myself, “COME ON, DUDE! LIFE IS SHORT. CANDY SOME FREAKING NUTS THIS WEEKEND!”

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    [email protected] — January 14, 2014 at 7:24 pm

    Jennie….what a great idea! How simple this is…and to think I’ve been buying candied nuts all these years. Looking forward to trying this soon!

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    Karen @ The Food Charlatan — January 14, 2014 at 8:22 pm

    Oooh…looking forward to the winter salad you mentioned!

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    Kayle (The Cooking Actress) — January 14, 2014 at 9:02 pm

    KNOWLEDGE.

    Pinnninnng :D

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    Trevor aka The Burger Nerd — January 15, 2014 at 11:38 am

    After reading this recipe, I’m suddenly struck with an overpowering urge to make a big bowl of these and chill down a bucket of beer — even though it’s so cold that I saw a snowman shivering in the corner. :) Great recipe, thanks for sharing it.

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    [email protected] — January 17, 2014 at 2:12 am

    I love me some candied nuts!! I might need to make some very soon :)

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