German Roasted Candied Pecans
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Homemade German Roasted Candied Pecans - Perfect holiday-inspired treats with a crisp, cinnamon infused, sugary coating, just like you find in stores for Christmas. Simple recipe without any egg whites.
Serves: 3 cups
  • 3 cups pecans, raw, halved
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup sugar, white granulated
  • ⅓ cup water
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon, ground
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla bean paste or extract
Final glaze
  • ¼ cup sugar, white granulated
  • 1 tablespoon corn syrup
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 F.
  2. Prepare a baking sheet with a silicone baking mat (preferred) or parchment paper.
  3. In a large sauté pan (with taller, straight sides), combine sugars, water, cinnamon, salt.
  4. Heat over medium heat until it boils.
  5. Add pecans and vanilla.
  6. Stir vigorously and continuously. Don't stop stirring!
  7. Keep stirring (good arm workout) until you see the liquid all evaporates and the pecans are left with a dry-looking coating (see blog pictures for an example).
  8. Reduce heat slightly.
  9. Continue stirring (constantly) until you see the sugar coating start to melt. This may take a few minutes.
  10. Add the final glaze ingredients (sugar and syrup) once the sugar coating has started to melt on the nuts.
  11. Stir in well until glossy and coated.
  12. Turn out pecans onto prepared pan in a single layer.
  13. Bake for 10 minutes to roast the nuts. This step is critical to preventing softened pecans.
  14. Remove and cool completely.
  15. Enjoy! - More recipes on
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Serving size: As much as you can fit into your mouth
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