Gluten Free and/or Paleo

Roasted & Candied Pecans

July 22, 2011
My husband Steve has baseball games every night – Yes, every night!  So all of our nights are consumed with Baseball.  Games are from 7pm until about 10pm.  Then by the time we get home it’s at least 11pm, depending on where the game is at.  This makes for very late dinners.  We both normally eat smaller meals before the games and then I snack during the game (only because you all know that I love to snack!).  And because I get so hungry sitting there watching baseball.      
I bring all my own snacks to the game because there is only so much “baseball food” I can eat.  With this, I normally don’t buy food at the game unless I run out of snacks and am still hungry, or there is something I have to have.  There is one stadium that has one snack that I have to have.  The stadium is in Maryland and we have only had a couple of games there.  But every time I go to this stadium I must get this snack.  It’s the Roasted, Candied Pecans.  They are incredible!  And so addicting!  They give you a little pouch full and I swear I can eat the whole thing in 5 minutes.
When I had my first bite of these pecans I knew I wanted to make them at home.  I asked the lady who made them (her company is called “Nuts for You”) what ingredients were included – It’s only sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla.  That’s it!  Simple ingredients that elevate the pecans into something unbelievably delicious.
When I made the pecans at home they tasted just like the ones from the stadium.  They were crunchy from the candied exterior, and bursting with flavor.  They did not just have one note of pure sugar – it was the vanilla that added another sweet taste, and then the cinnamon that packed another depth of flavor.
These are really easy to make.  Coat them with a little water and then toss in sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla.  Then roast them at a low temperature of 250 degrees F in the oven for about 1 hour.  Then kick it up a notch to 350 degrees F for about 15 minutes at the end.  That’s all you do to create this simple and tasty snack!


Roasted & Candied Pecans
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Makes: 8 oz. Pecans
8 oz. Pecans
2 tbsp. Water
½ cup White Sugar
1 tsp. Pure Vanilla Extract
½ tsp. Ground Cinnamon
Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat.
Place the pecans in a medium sized mixing bowl.  Add the water and coat the pecans with the water.  Pour the sugar on top of the pecans and mix until the water soaks up almost all of the sugar.  Add the vanilla and cinnamon and stir until fully incorporated.  Pour the pecan mixture onto the prepared baking sheet.
Bake in the oven for 1 hour.  Turn up the heat to 350 degrees F and bake for 15 minutes longer.  Remove the pecans from the oven when the sugar has thoroughly candied the pecans.  Let cool for about 10 minutes.
Serve warm and enjoy J!
These can be kept in an airtight container at room temperature for about 2 weeks.  They taste good at room temperature, but they are even better when warmed up.  To warm them up heat the pecans in a 400 degree F oven for about 10 minutes.
Inspiration from Nuts for You in Aberdeen, Maryland

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  • Sandy December 28, 2013 at 7:59 pm

    There is something definitely wrong with this recipe. I followed it to a T & my pecans came out burnt. What a waste of time & money. This was my first time making candied pecans. After the flop of these, I checked other recipes. They ALL said to turn the pecans every 1- minutes. This one did not say to turn them. I’m guessing that is part of the problem. Also, baking them for 15 min at the end at 350 is what really did them in.

  • Krissy's Creations November 22, 2014 at 4:11 pm

    These turned out GREAT! I was nervous at first but they were lovely. I did however add sea salt to them also. Thank you for this easy breezy recipie