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Buttery Candied Pecans

Updated: Aug 25, 2020

This recipe is from Magnolia Table, and we LOVE it. I double the recipe because my family eats these little gems while they are waiting to go on a salad. So, I make a batch to top our salad and a batch for snacking!

The best thing about this recipe besides its goodness is that there are only 4 ingredients you most likely have on hand and it comes together in about 5 minutes, plus cooling time.


- 2 Tablespoons salted butter (if you don't have salted butter add a smidge of salt)

- 1/4 cup lightly packed brown sugar

- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional, but it adds a little heat)

- 1 cup pecans (or walnuts)



- In a small non-stick skillet, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the brown sugar and cayenne, if using, and cook until the the mixture looks almost like syrup.

- Add the pecans and cook until the nuts are well coated and fragrant, 3-5 minutes, stirring frequently.

- Pour the mixture onto a sheet of wax paper or parchment paper and spread out into an even layer to cool, about 15 minutes.

- Store in an airtight container for up to 4 days... if there are any left!!


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