Sunday, 30 October 2011

Candied Pecans in a Jar Tutorial

Hi everyone! It's Christine, again, from What's Up, Cupcake? Blog.  I just wanted to share another tutorial with you - this time for one of my all-time favorite, holiday giveaway treats.  

This recipe is great for any time of year, but I always end up making them for the holidays.  They're so easy to package and distribute that it just makes sense to make them for the holidays. They are the perfect, jar-friendly, easy-to-make, edible gift. Oh, and they're soooo yummy!  Really, I promise.  I made a batch for work and everyone was asking for the recipe.  Make them - you won't regret it.

I used the same jars as my cupcakes-in-a-jar.  Small, 8oz, canning jars.  You can buy these online, at many grocery stores (in the baking or canning section), and some craft stores.  I picked up a flat of a dozen for $8 at Wal-mart.

Sugar and Spice Pecans
Recipe from a friend

1 lb pecans (4 cups)
1/2 cup sugar
2 1/2 tbsp corn oil
1 tbsp vanilla

Spice Mix (Combine to coat the nuts after baking):
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp coriander
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp all-spice

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Boil water.  Add pecans and cook for 1 minute, stirring.  Drain pecans and put in medium bowl.  Add the corn oil and vanilla, stirring until the pecans are coated.  Add sugar and stir to coat.  Spread pecans in a single layer on a baking sheet.

Bake pecans for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally to ensure they don't stick or burn.  I stir a minimum of once every 10 minutes.

After 30 minutes, remove nuts from the oven and pour into a medium bowl.  Sprinkle with the spice mix, then stir to coat.  Let cool.

Once the pecans are cooled, you can add them to the jars.  You can fill 5 - 8oz. jars with one batch.  If you have any extras, I love to throw them in a bag, and store in the freezer.  These are delicious at room temperature, but I absolutely love them frozen.

You can decorate these how you like. I did two different options.

1. Wrap a band of ribbon around the top of the lid.  I attached this with double-sided scrapbooking dots.

2. Cut out a piece of fabric (this is perfect for fabric scraps you may have!) a little larger than the lid.  Tie a piece of ribbon, twine or raffia around the lid to hold in place.

If you don't have canning jars, fill plastic bags and tie with ribbon.


  1. mmm... I love food gifts and I want to try to make some of them this year as well.
    Candied pecans are lovely idea!

  2. What a great idea, I love these so much!

  3. Hi Christine, thanks for a great tutorial. This kind of gift is perfect for a last minute present, or something for men! Pecans are really expensive in this country - do you think it would work with other nuts?

  4. Wow this would be the perfect gift! I am such a fan of pecans and these look amazing, thank you so much for sharing! I am definitely making these for my whole family :)

  5. Thanks everyone! Pecans can get pretty pricey, but sometimes you can buy them in bulk online. I used to make peanut brittle all the time and would buy peanuts in bulk from the Nut Factory ( This could possibly also work with walnuts. Not sure how it would be with peanuts or cashews but it could be worth a try if you split the batch among a variety of nuts.

  6. Yummy! These look amazing. I can almost taste them from here...

  7. I'm going to have to make some of these! Deeee-licious looking...ta :-)

  8. Thanks so much for posting this recipe. I just made these and unfortunately burned the pecans slightly. Next time I will try baking for only 20 minutes instead of 30. They still tasted good even though they were slightly burned, though! :)