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Air Fryer Candied Pecans

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Air fryer candied pecans are the perfect delicious snack to enjoy this holiday season. These coated pecans are flavored with sweet maple syrup, sugar, and cinnamon with the perfect crunch in every bite.

air fryer candied pecans in a bowl.

 

Don’t you love an easy recipe that only requires a handful of simple ingredients and takes just minutes to make? This is another recipe where the air fryer is my go-to because I can make the best candied pecans in less time.

Air fryer candied pecans are always a great snack option and make amazing gifts for the holidays.

If you love air fryer recipes, be sure to check out this list of delicious air fryer desserts next.

Why You’ll Love Air Fryer Candied Pecans

  • It’s an easy air fryer recipe and saves time compared to baking the nuts in the oven.
  • The perfect snack full of protein with a crunchy and sweet bite.
  • Candied nuts make a great gift! Place the nuts in a mason jar, add a pretty ribbon around the lid and give to friends or family this holiday season.

 

More Air Fryer Snacks

Cinnamon Air Fryer Baked Apples

Air Fryer Apple Fries

Air Fryer Peanut Butter Cookies

Kitchen Equipment Needed

  • Air Fryer
  • Parchment Paper
  • Mixing Bowl

Ingredients

PECANS: Use raw pecan halves.

EGG WHITE: Egg white helps create the perfect coating on the nuts.

MAPLE SYRUP: Be sure to use real maple syrup, not pancake syrup, for the best flavor.

SUGAR: Light brown sugar and granulated sugar sweeten these delicious candied pecans.

CINNAMON: Ground cinnamon adds a nice flavor to the nut mixture.

air fryer candied pecans ingredients displayed in bowls on counter top.

 

How to Make Air Fryer Candied Pecans

  1. In a large bowl, toss together pecans, egg whites, maple syrup, brown sugar, white sugar, and cinnamon.
  2. Line the bottom of the air fryer basket of your air fryer with a piece of parchment paper, making sure to cut off any corners or edges that stick up over the top of the air fryer basket. You don’t want the parchment paper to be to close to the heating element or it will burn.
  3. Add the pecan mixture to the parchment-lined basket, and shake to move them into an even layer.
  4. Cook in the air fryer at 340 degrees Fahrenheit for 5 minutes.
  5. Remove, give the nuts a good stir, and continue cooking for another 5 minutes.
  6. Line a baking sheet or cutting board with parchment paper, and pour the nuts onto the prepared surface.
  7. Spread them out and allow them to dry for about an hour.

air fryer candied pecans process. Top left: bowl of pecans in candied mixture. Top right: pecan mixture in a parchment lined air fryer basket. Bottom left: cooked pecans in the air fryer basket. Bottom right: candied pecans cooling on a parchment lined baking sheet.

 

Tips

  • Place the nuts in a single layer in the air fryer so they roast evenly while air frying.
  • Be sure the brown sugar mixture fully coats the raw pecans so the flavors are distributed evenly.
  • Ensure the nuts fully cool at room temperature before storing. If you store them when they are still warm, they will become soft and you will loose that crunch factor.

Variations

  • Use additional spices such as nutmeg and cloves to add more warmth to nut mixture.
  • Sprinkle in a little cayenne pepper or chili powder for a sweet and spicy twist.
  • Add more molasses flavor with the use of dark brown sugar in place of light brown sugar.
  • Use a mix of different nuts instead of all pecans.

Do I Need to Preheat the Air Fryer?

You don’t need to preheat the air fryer for this recipe. It would be too difficult to add the parchment paper to a hot air fryer basket.

Best Ways to Use Candied Pecans?

  • Air fryer pecans are great on their own for a quick snack.
  • Add these nuts to your morning oatmeal, yogurt or fresh fruits.
  • Sprinkle on top of your salad.
  • Use this air fryer pecans recipe to add a crunch to desserts such as ice cream.
  • They’re great to add to your holiday charcuterie boards.
  • Homemade food gifts for your friends and family.

 

How to Store Leftovers

Once the nuts are fully cooled, store them in an airtight container or sealed zip top bag at room temperature for up to several weeks.

You can also freeze the nuts in a freezer-safe container to extend their shelf life for 3-4 months. Note that the nuts may lose a bit of their crunch after thawing.

These air fryer candied pecans are one of my favorite snacks this time of year, but there’s no reason you can’t enjoy these crunchy nuts all year round.

Yield: 6

Air Fryer Candied Pecans

air fryer candied pecans in a bowl.

Air fryer candied pecans are the perfect delicious snack to enjoy this holiday season. These coated pecans are flavored with sweet maple syrup, sugar, and cinnamon with the perfect crunch in every bite.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Pecan halves
  • 1 Egg white
  • 1 tablespoon Maple syrup
  • ¼ cup Brown sugar
  • ¼ cup White sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Ground cinnamon

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, toss together pecans, egg whites, maple syrup, brown sugar, white sugar, and cinnamon.
  2. Line the bottom of the air fryer basket of your air fryer with a piece of parchment paper, making sure to cut off any corners or edges that stick up over the top of the air fryer basket. You don't want the parchment paper to be to close to the heating element or it will burn.
  3. Add the pecan mixture to the parchment-lined basket, and shake to move them into an even layer.
  4. Cook in the air fryer at 340 degrees Fahrenheit for 5 minutes.
  5. Remove, give the nuts a good stir, and continue cooking for another 5 minutes.
  6. Line a baking sheet or cutting board with parchment paper, and pour the nuts onto the prepared surface.
  7. Spread them out and allow them to dry for about an hour.

Notes

See recipe post for tips and variations.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 220Total Fat: 19gTrans Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 12mgCarbohydrates: 23gFiber: 4gSugar: 19gProtein: 4g

Nutritional values are estimates and not exact.

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