A few months ago my husband was in the grocery store and noticed a small container of candied pecans in the bakery section. He brought it home and we quickly wolfed them down. Since then he’s purchased them on several occasions and it’s basically a family competition to see who can eat the most the fastest. Our three year old and six year old are serious contenders for the prize. Given how much money we were quickly forking over for them he challenged me to create my own version which I’m calling Sticky Candied Pecans.
What we enjoyed about the store bought version is the crunch and the sweetness. What we didn’t enjoy was the price, the small package size (like I said, we’re devouring them), and the ingredient list. Don’t get me wrong, the ingredients weren’t terrible. I’ve certainly seen far worse. But they could use some simplifying. So that’s what I did.
This pecan recipe requires only 4 ingredients. Ahhh oh how I love a nice little list like this one. No sugar. No weird sugar substitutes. (I’m looking at you, Splenda.)
The final product is delectably sweet and crunchy. The baking really cooks in the flavor to produce an addictive treat that you won’t feel guilty about enjoying or feeding your family. Plus they’re less expensive than what you could find the store and you get more. (You’re going to be really happy about that last part.)
Confession: I am not even a nut person. There. I said it. I just don’t like them. But I love these. As in I basically had to pry the pan away from my fingers so that I could take a photo for you. That was hard. You’re welcome.
Now it’s your turn! Grab the ingredients and get ready to satisfy your sweet tooth with these beauties!
- 1 lb or 16 oz pecan halves
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 4 tablespoons honey
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Add your butter and honey to a small pot on the stove. Melt over low or medium-low heat.
- Stir. Add the cinnamon. Stir again until well combined. Remove from heat.
- Place your pecan halves in a large bowl.
- Pour the syrup mixture over your pecans. Stir until well coated.
- Spread the coated pecans on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.
- Bake for 15 minutes.
- Stir the pecans and let them continue to sit on the baking sheet until cool. (They'll get less sticky as they cool.)
- Gobble them all up! Woops, I mean serve. Serve them to others and eat some too. But not all of them. I guess that would be rude. (No judgment if you do that.)