15 Minute Candied Cinnamon Pecans

15 Minute Candied Cinnamon Pecans – Crunchy candied cinnamon pecans that can be made and ready to eat in just 15 minutes!

15 Minute Candied Cinnamon Pecans

I absolutely love those stands at the mall. The ones you can smell from a mile away. Sugary cinnamony hot candied nuts. Every time I’m in the vicinity of that aroma, I can’t focus on anything else until I get my hands on a big paper cone full of those addicted nuts. Almonds, pecans, I don’t care, I simply must have them.

15 Minute Candied Cinnamon Pecans

You can bake candied pecans in the oven, and that is a fantastic method. I’ve even seen slow cooker versions (hello convenience!! I love it.) But this method is my favorite, right on the stove top. I am honestly trying to work on my patience, but I have to say, I just can’t wait very long once I get a craving for those mouthwatering cinnamon pecans. This recipe is my go-to when I get a real hankering for them. In 15 minutes they’re done and in my mouth! You can’t beat that. And the holiday season is the perfect time to make these Candied Cinnamon Pecans. Take them to your upcoming holiday party, they’ll be a huge hit!! You may want to double (or even triple!) the recipe though because I promise you’ll be wanting more the instant they’re gone!

15 Minute Candied Cinnamon Pecans

15 Minute Candied Cinnamon Pecans
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15 Minute Candied Cinnamon Pecans

Crunchy candied cinnamon pecans that can be made and ready to eat in 15 minutes!
Course Dessert
Keyword candied, pecans
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 2 cups
Author Tiffany


  • 2 cups whole pecans
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla


  • Add sugar to a medium sized pan and cook over medium high heat until sugar begins to melt. Add pecans and stir with a rubber spatula until sugar is completed coated (but not burned!) and pecans are well coated with sugar glaze. 
  • Add vanilla and stir. Remove pan from heat and transfer pecans to a nonstick baking sheet or glass plate, sprinkle with cinnamon. Chill 5 minutes. Break apart pecans. Enjoy!


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I am going to try this quick version. We all loved the ones I did in the oven for an hour. Family wants more now.

How much water did you use to dissolve the sugar?

    Hi Kelly! There is no water used in this recipe, just melt the sugar in your pan over medium high heat (be sure to watch really closely so it doesn’t burn!) and when the sugar begins to liquify, add the nuts. keep stirring until all of the sugar is melted and the nuts are well coated with the gooey sugar. Then quickly stir in the vanilla, scrape everything onto a single layer on a nonstick baking sheet or a glass plate, and sprinkle with cinnamon! Chill for 5 minutes then break apart and eat!

I haven’t been to the mall in a really long time, but I sure do know what you’re talking about. I could def smell those fragrant nuts from miles away! This recipe is so simple and I can think of million different variations! I can’t wait to make this and have our house smelling like deliciousness. Thank you for sharing! Gorgeous photos too 😉

I just did this and it worked like a charm. Thank you!
It’s 104 degrees outside today in Arizona, so I don’t like to use the oven and being able to make something like this on the stove top is great. Appreciate your sharing 🙂

Seriously, this website.. All the glorious food.. I can’t even begin to thank you enough.

Me and my boyfriend made your sticky sesame chicken last night. So damn good. So damn easy!! And now ive landed up here AGAIN (thanks to pinterest) and just wanted to stop by and say thank you. Will be trying these pecans ASAP!


Absolutely delicious!! Super simple to make. I will definitely be making these again.. thank you!

    Glad you liked them – they’re a staple at my house!

I like to make sure the sugar is completely melted before adding the pecans, etc. Otherwise, I just get clumps of sugar stuck to the pecans (vs. an even coating) that never seem to melt. Otherwise, easy and fantastic recipe I cut in half if I only need enough for a couple of salads and can omit the cinnamon and still a nice variation ….. Thanks for sharing this!

Go ahead and use an oven recipe. Sugar did’t melt properly and dried very crispy. I think it needed some water mixed into the sugar to melt it.

5 stars
WOW! WOW! This is awesome, fast, easy & crunchy. If you have bad teeth you might want to make some fudge. I followed recipe to the T & it came out super. You fave to work fast once sugar starts to melt.

    I am going to try these today, but instead of vanilla, which has become hideously expensive, I am going to use a small amount of orange extract. Also, I plan to do some with Torani butter rum syrup. Will let you know what the results are!

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