I need to do a little disclaimer today. These are not your typical candied pecans. I always thing of a super sweet cinnamon and sugar coated nut that’s been slow roasted and backed with sweet flavor. These ones are a tad bit more mild. While they do have a little bit of a sweetness to them they aren’t too overwhelming. I was searching for the perfect salty sweet combo to top off some salads I plan to make in the near future, and this recipe is where I decided to start.
Simple is the name of this game. I wanted to keep it as easy as possible and four ingredients sounded pretty darn close to me. You start this party with some lightly chopped pecans, butter, brown sugar, and salt. Melt the butter in a saucepan, whisk in the brown sugar and salt, and fold in those nuts. That’s the gist of things. Cook it until it’s slightly caramelized and voila! These are like salted caramel pieces of gold. Crunchy, sweet, salty, and hard to stop eating once you’ve started. You can thank me later.
Does it get any better people?! Once you have cooked these down just pour it out onto a wax paper lined counter. After about ten minutes or so they should have a wonderful hard exterior and be ready for either packaging or eating. While these do go great on salads, they are also wonderful with chicken, ice creams, and even glazed carrots. Be brave and try something crazy!
Quick and Simple Candied Pecans
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup pecans lightly chopped
Melt the butter in a small saucepan. Whisk in the brown sugar and salt.
Stir in the pecans and continue to cook on low heat for 5-7 minutes or until caramelized.
Spread onto wax paper and let cool completely.