Instant Pot Maple Candied Pecans

These Instant Pot (get yours here: candied pecans are a quick and easy way to make sweet glazed pecans for salads, snacking, food gifts and more! I love these tender, sweet morsels and I bet you will, too!

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This easy homemade snack only takes about half an hour to make. They are a wonderful combo of sweet, tender and crunchy, with a maple taste you’ll adore.

Pack these easy candied pecans in jars tied with pretty ribbon for family and friends, teachers or coworkers. Or put out a batch of these beauties at your next party…but beware, they’ll disappear in a flash!

Pro Tip: For an extra-special presentation, use the sugar finish mixture on half the pecans, and leave the other half just glazed. You’ll love the way it looks!

Beware, they’ll disappear in a flash!


Syrup Mixture:

  • 2/3 cup pure maple syrup
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp coarse salt
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper, or to taste
  • 1/4 tsp maple extract (optional, but amazing!) 
  • 4 cups pecan halves (about 20 oz)
  • 1/3 cup water

Sugar Finish Mixture (optional)

  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon


  1. Combine Syrup Mixture ingredients in the Instant Pot. Using the display panel select the SAUTE function and adjust to MORE or HIGH.
  2. Add pecans and cook and stir constantly for 5 minutes, or until pecans are tender.
  3. Add water to the pot and stir to combine.
  4. Turn the pot off by selecting CANCEL, then secure the lid, making sure the vent is closed.
  5. Using the display panel select the MANUAL function*. Use the +/- keys and program the Instant Pot for 8 minutes.
  6. When the time is up, quick-release the pressure, then stir to combine.
  7. Using a slotted spoon, carefully remove pecans to parchment-lined baking sheet in a single layer.
  8. Bake at 300 degrees for 10 minutes, then stir. Bake an additional 5 minutes, watching carefully for signs of burning.
  9. (Optional) Remove from oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes, then mix Sugar Mixture ingredients in a gallon bag and add pecans, shaking to coat.
  10. Spread pecans evenly on parchment and allow to cool before packaging.

*The MANUAL and PRESSURE COOK buttons are interchangeable.