Quick and Easy Sugared Pecans…

Recipe for Easy and Quick Sugared Pecans {The Creativity Exchange}


I shared this post last year and I thought I would share the recipe again just in time for Christmas.  This has been one of my most popular recipes that I have shared here on the blog because its so easy to have amazing sugared pecans in less than 10 minutes for salads, snacking or gifts.  Some sugared pecan recipes can take hours to make but this recipe is done in the microwave in less than 10 minutes and you would never know it by how yummy they taste! It’s so easy!

Enjoy your weekend friends and here is the post and recipe from last year…

I seriously love sugared pecans.  I would say it’s pretty high on my list of my favorite things to indulge in.  For more than 10 years now, its become my tradition to make a huge batch of sugared pecans a few days before Thanksgiving and give them as gifts. I also make extra to mix in salads, top on warmed brie and keep on hand through the holidays.

What’s really amazing about this recipe is that it only calls for four ingredients and it’s made in the microwave! 4-6 minutes at that! You would never know it. When I first tasted this recipe at a neighbor’s home, I just knew that these pecans were slow roasted for three days and coated with some rare sugar. Nope! They are incredibly easy and by far the best sugared pecans I have ever tasted!


Let’s just jump right into the recipe!

Sugared Pecans

2 Cups pecan halves

1/2 Cup firmly packed brown sugar

2 Tablespoons orange juice

1 Tablespoon butter

1) Begin by buttering a 12 x 18 inch microwave safe dish. The pecans will burn if you use a bowl and a shallow dish is critical (learned the hard way). I use a large oval dish that fits perfect in my microwave.


2) Mix brown sugar with orange juice and pecan halves.




3) Put mix in dish and microwave on high for 4-6 minutes (depending on how strong your microwave is) and stir every 2 minutes! (Because my microwave is so strong, I set my microwave for 5 minutes 30 seconds and I stir every minute and half to two minutes). If you know your microwave is strong, I would stick with 5 minutes. If your unsure, still stick with 5 minutes on your first batch. The sugar needs to boil but there is a fine line between boiling and burning the pecans, which is why it’s necessary to stir and watch carefully.

4) Immediately pour pecans onto buttered tin foil and spread evenly. Pecans will slowly begin to crystallize.


5) Allow to completely cool (about 2 hours). Store in air tight bags or containers.


Recipe for Easy and Quick Sugared Pecans {The Creativity Exchange}


Sugared pecans make great gifts for Thanksgiving and Christmas for neighbors and friends because they are delicious by themselves or added to salads and warmed cheeses. I always include a copy of the recipe with the pecans as well.

Well friends, warm wishes to all of you and your families for a wonderful Thanksgiving. I will be back after the holiday with several decorating projects for us as we deck the halls!



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11 Responses to Quick and Easy Sugared Pecans…

  1. Hi Cyndy!
    I tried this recipe last year when you posted it and IT WAS AMAZING! My Mom always talked about eating sugared pecans as a child and never bothered learning to make them herself. When I saw your post I tried it and she was so happy. Thank you for all of your wonderful posts!
    Merry Christmas,

    • Cyndy says:

      Thank you so much Amanda!! I’m so glad that you like the sugared pecans. They are so easy and yummy. Thank you for your kind note, it made my day Amanda!

  2. Kate says:

    Thank you for sharing this. Def sounds a lot quicker than the other recipes I have seen. Will give it a try. Love your blog.

  3. Barbara says:

    My sister sent me a package of pecans for my husband and now I can create something amazing with them for him! Thanks.

  4. Amy says:

    I just bought some pecans at the store today & saw this recipe when I got home. They aren’t cool yet, and I can’t stop eating them. YUMMY!!!

  5. WOW! I had to pin because these look amazing!! I want them NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Think I’ll try them out over break. I’d love you to come link up at my Pin Me Linky Party.

  6. Angel says:

    Can u use other nuts like walnuts??

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