Try making these Slow Cooker Candied Pecans for an easy and delicious dessert that makes a great snack or holiday treat.
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Slow Cooker Candied Pecans
Nothing brings in the holiday season better than a big ole’ bowl full of deliciously sweet candied pecans. The smell alone is enough to get you excited enough to wrap gifts, baste a turkey or sing Christmas carols. Maybe I’m being a bit over the top, but they really are a delicious treat that are perfect for celebrating Christmas.
Candied nuts seem like they might be a difficult process to make, but I promise you that they’re perfectly easy. You can whip up a batch in your slow cooker or crock-pot in no time, with minimal effort and everyone in the house will thank you for it. Trust me.
Candied nuts make the perfect teacher or neighbor gift. Simply place them into a mason jar or cookie tin with a pretty ribbon and you’re good to go. They are also a great addition to just about any cookie or treat tray that you might be making this holiday season. Plus, nuts are great for you since they’re full of fiber, protein, vitamins and minerals, so these candied pecans are a less guilty treat than most.
Are Candied Pecans Shelf Stable?
Fresh, homemade candied pecans will last up to two weeks at room temperature and up to a month in the refrigerator. They can also be kept in the freezer for up to two months.
Are Candied and Praline Pecans the Same Thing?
You might assume that a candied pecan and a praline pecan are one and the same, but they are actually different in that candied pecans are coated in a sweet syrup and then baked, while praline pecans are made by caramelizing pecans and sugar together. Candied pecans tend to be sweeter, while praline pecans have a more complex flavor from the caramel. You can’t go wrong with either one, since they’re both delicious.
Want more easy holiday gift recipes? Here are a few of our favorites:
- Pretzel Turtle Bites
- Easy Christmas Bark
- Christmas Hot Chocolate Bombs
- Christmas Trail Mix
- Christmas Cookie Mix in a Jar
Ingredients for Candied Pecans:
- egg white
- white sugar
- brown sugar
- ground cinnamon
How to Make Candied Pecans:
Whisk or beat the egg white until it becomes light and fluffy.
Add the pecans and stir to combine.
Add the white sugar, brown sugar, ground cinnamon, and salt.
Stir to coat all of the nuts.
Transfer the nuts to the bowl of your slow cooker and spread out in an even layer.
Place the lid on the slow cooker and set to cook on low for two hours, stirring halfway through the cooking time.
When the cooking time is up, spread the cooked pecans in an even layer over a parchment paper lined baking sheet to cool.
Store in an airtight container until ready to serve.
Slow Cooker Candied Pecans
- 1 egg white
- 4 cups pecans
- 1/3 cup white sugar
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Whisk or beat the egg white until it becomes light and fluffy.
- Add the pecans and stir to combine.
- Add the white sugar, brown sugar, ground cinnamon, and salt.
- Stir to coat all of the nuts.
- Transfer the nuts to the bowl of your slow cooker and spread out in an even layer.
- Place the lid on the slow cooker and set to cook on low for two hours, stirring halfway through the cooking time.
- When the cooking time is up, spread the cooked pecans in an even layer over a parchment paper lined baking sheet to cool.
- Store in an airtight container until ready to serve.