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Easy and Crunchy Butter Toffee Pecans Recipe In 20 Minutes
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Easy and Crunchy Butter Toffee Pecans Recipe In 20 Minutes

Our butter toffee pecans recipe is straightforward. It has a crunchy yet creamy texture and a very complex salty, sweet, and nutty flavor profile. This makes it perfect as an everyday snack, but also as a garnish for baked goods and other confections. Oh, and did we mention that this recipe is incredibly versatile? Yes, folks, you can substitute virtually any ingredient, making this the ultimate base recipe for glazed nuts.
Prep Time5 mins
Baking Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
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Servings: 4 cups
Author: Cakedecorist


  • Baking pan or cookie sheet
  • Non-stick baking paper
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Large saucepan or pot
  • Wooden spoon or silicone spatula
  • Plastic or saran wrap


  • 1 cup salted butter, or unsalted
  • 1 cup granulated brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt, optional
  • 4 cups raw pecans


  • Melt your butter
    To start, line a cookie sheet or baking tray with non-stick baking paper. You can also use a silicone mat.
    Then, over low-medium heat, melt the butter in a large saucepan or pot. Don't let the butter burn, so monitor it constantly.
    1 cup salted butter, or unsalted
  • Add the sugar and flavoring
    Once your butter is completely melted, add your brown sugar, corn syrup, vanilla extract, and salt. Give the mixture a good whisk so that the ingredients come together.
    Then, bring it to a simmer while stirring constantly. You can keep cooking the mixture over medium-high heat for 12-15 minutes, or until it starts turning a beautiful caramel color.
    1 cup granulated brown sugar, 3 tablespoons light corn syrup, 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1 teaspoon coarse salt, optional
  • Cover the pecans with butter toffee
    Spread your pecans over the lined baking sheet. Make sure they are placed in a single layer. You don't want uneven clumps of candy.
    Then, pour your toffee mixture over the pecans. You can use your wooden spoon or spatula to stir the pecans with the toffee so they become covered uniformly. Then, again, spread the pecans into one layer.
    4 cups raw pecans
  • Leave the toffee pecans to cool
    Once your pecans are beautifully coated and spread into a layer, allow them to cool at room temperature. This can take 20 minutes or up to an hour - it depends on how warm it is at room temperature.
    But, do not move on to the next step if the glazed pecans aren't rock solid and crunchy.
  • Break apart the butter toffee pecan slab
    Once the candy has become hard, you can break it apart and store it inside an airtight container. Keep the candy at room temperature in a cool dark place.


Our butter toffee pecans recipe is made using salted butter. However, you can swap it out for an unsalted version. We personally just like a salty-sweet flavor profile. It's more complex and helps bring forward the natural nutty flavor. Again, it comes down to personal preference.
You can also chop the slab of glazed pecans into various sizes. This way, you can have a toffee pecan bar, bite-sized cluster, or sweet pecan shards or dust. This makes it easy to use this butter toffee pecan in a ton of ways including garnishings.
The best way to store our butter toffee pecans recipe is in an airtight container. Line the container with non-stick baking paper. Then, add layers of broken-up glazed pecans inside, alternating them with more baking paper. This will make them easier to eat. And, it will also help extend their shelf life. Keep them away from heat, sunlight, and humidity.
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