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Stovetop Cinnamon Sugar Pecans – Candied Pecans

This recipe is for cinnamon sugar pecans (candied pecans) made on the stove top, no oven involved!  This easy candied pecan recipe takes about 15 minutes to make and another 15 minutes or so to cool down and harden.   This batch of pecans disappeared about 15 minutes after the cooldown time.  My kids and husband couldn’t stop eating them.  They really are delicious!

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Cinnamon Sugar Pecan

How to Make Candied Pecans

Begin by putting pecan halves, evaporated milk, white sugar, cinnamon powder, water, and vanilla extract in a saucepan.

Cinnamon Sugar Pecans

Cook the pecan mixture over medium heat, stirring constantly.  At first, the sauce will look thin like below.

Recipe for Cinnamon Sugar Pecans

The picture below has just a little sauce left, so I kept on cooking the mix and stirring constantly.  In the picture below, you can see the candy sauce is starting to harden on my spoon.

Candied Pecans

Spread Cinnamon Sugar Pecans on Waxed Paper to Cool

When the sauce was gone, I transferred the candied pecans to a cookie sheet lined with wax paper.  I tried to space them out so they’d cool down faster.  I had to work really fast because they harden pretty quickly.   As the pecans cooled down I had to stand guard to keep my son and husband from eating them.  The cinnamon in the recipe makes the house smell really nice and draws a crowd.

Cinnamon Sugared Pecans

As they cooled down, the candy coating hardened.

Praline Pecans

I snacked on a few myself, YUM!  Cleanup wasn’t too bad.  I soaked the saucepan in soapy water and then my husband washed it.  😀

Cinnamon Candied Pecans

Ideally, I should have probably let the candied pecans dry a little longer, but they were dry enough that they were no longer sticky.  I have no idea how to store candied pecans because we’ve never had any leftovers.  I think a ziplock bag would work.

Stovetop Candied Pecans

Cinnamon Sugar Pecans

Stovetop Cinnamon Sugar Pecans - Candied Pecans

Easy recipe for cinnamon sugar pecans - candied pecans on the stovetop.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 8


  • 3 cups pecan halves
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup evaporated milk
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • Line a cookie sheet or large cutting board with waxed paper.
  • Combine all ingredients in a saucepan.
  • Cook pecan mixture over medium heat, stirring constantly. Cook until the sauce is gone and pecans are coated with sugar.
  • Spread pecans on the prepared waxed paper. Try and give them room to breathe so they cool down faster.
  • Let cool completely.

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Recipe Rating

Amy Morris-Jones

Sunday 10th of April 2016

Wow, these look so good! I have a salad recipe that uses candied pecans, and I've always searched the store for them. I didn't think about making them. Thanks for this great recipe!


Sunday 10th of April 2016

I'm not really a nut person but these Cinnamon Sugar Pecans are delicious and so easy to make! Thanks for visiting and commenting Amy!