Maple Candied Pecans, the Oven Method

by Mary on June 15, 2015

maple candied pecans on parchment

maple candied pecans

Years ago I shared a stove-top candied pecan recipe on Fit and Fed. I preferred that at the time because the nuts were right under my eye, so little chance of burning them. It’s still a nice quick way to make candied nuts, but by now I’ve gotten comfortable with the oven method, too. Assuming I stay attentive to the time, the results are predictable and good.

The nuts are baked at a temperature that’s close to what would burn them, so the sugar caramelizes a little and develops great flavor. I’ve tried roasting them at a slightly lower temperature but the nuts just aren’t as good.  I set a timer to stir the nuts halfway through and for the end. Ovens vary (and mine has a drafty door) so watch yours, you may need to experiment a bit to get the best temperature for your oven.

After taking the nuts out of the oven, I mix them with an extra drizzle of maple syrup and the salt and demerara sugar. My aim in adding a little more maple syrup is to get all the crystallized sugar to stick to the nuts without melting the sugar.

I hope you will enjoy these. We use them a lot in dinner salads and also in a roasted sweet potato/candied pecan/cranberry salad that I hope to share in the fall.

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Maple Candied Pecans, the Oven Method
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Serves: 2 cups
  • 2 cups pecan halves (8 oz)
  • 3 Tbsp. maple syrup, plus a drizzle more (tsp?)
  • ¼ tsp flaked salt
  • 2 Tbsp. demerara sugar
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 F.
  2. Mix the pecan halves with the maple syrup in a bowl.
  3. Place the pecan halves on a parchment-paper covered baking sheet.
  4. Bake for 15 minutes, stirring the nuts around on the baking sheet halfway through.
  5. Remove promptly at 15 minutes to avoid burning.
  6. 'Pour' the hot nuts immediately off the parchment paper into a bowl.
  7. Drizzle the nuts with a little more maple syrup, stir, add the sugar and salt and mix together.
  8. I specified demerara sugar and flaked salt for the big crunchy crystals: if you don't have those, regular brown sugar and salt will suffice.
  9. Spread the nuts out to cool on a baking sheet covered with a fresh sheet of parchment paper.

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Eva June 16, 2015 at 12:09 pm

Looks like a great snack to take to the rink!
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mary June 16, 2015 at 9:25 pm

That would be an excellent snack indeed! But would require admitting that I’m going to just nibble on them instead of using them for dinner (which does happen).


Marcia June 16, 2015 at 1:03 pm

Oh yum! Pecans are my favorite and these look divine. Wonder why I never though to make my own??
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mary June 16, 2015 at 9:26 pm

Now you know how! Hope it saves you a little at the grocery store.


Joanne June 23, 2015 at 2:28 pm

Excellent recipe. Pecans are so good and when you candy them like that, they make a salad all that much more special.
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mary June 26, 2015 at 11:47 pm

Thanks Joanne!


Tina June 27, 2015 at 1:45 pm

They look delicious and, like Joanne says, these would be great on a salad.
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mary July 2, 2015 at 4:13 am

Thanks Tina, they definitely are great on a salad, we often use them on salads!


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