Here are two ways to make candied nuts: one in a frying pan and the other in the oven. These recipes work for any kind of nut, and the current nut of choice in our home is the pecan.
One recipe uses a raw sugar, but you can use any kind of granulated sugar. The other recipe works with honey or maple syrup. I haven’t tried other syrups or sugars, but if you do, let me know. And both recipes can be doubled easily.
Homemade Candied Nuts
Candied Nuts using Granulated SugarThis ratio of nuts to sugar can be adjusted as desired.
- 1 cup of nuts
- 2 tablespoons of granulated sugar (I use muscovado)
- Place the nuts and sugar in a frying pan and turn the heat to medium.
- Wait a few minutes until the sugar starts to melt. Start mixing the nuts in the melting sugar. The sugar will begin to turn brown. Melt most of the sugar without burning it. You can add more sugar depending on how sweet and coated you want the nuts to be.
- Once the nuts are sufficiently covered, take them off the heat and cool for 10 minutes, or until crunchy and dry.
- Break apart and enjoy! We love them on salads.
And now for the other way…
Candied and Spiced Nuts Using Honey (or Maple Syrup)
- 1 cup of nuts
- 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg
- 1 tablespoon of butter, melted
- 3 tablespoons of honey (or maple syrup)
- pinch of salt
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
- Mix all the ingredients together until well-coated.
- Place nuts on a stick-free baking sheet (I recommend parchment paper) and bake for about 15 minutes or until the nuts start to brown.
- Cool for 10 minutes, or until dry, and enjoy!