Easy Caramelized Pecans With Tart Cherries

Caramelized Pecans With Tart Cherries

These nuts scream holiday and bring on the party! Your home will feel and smell like the holidays when you serve these festive treasures! Caramelized sugar and bourbon vanilla make these confections a perfect cocktail hour treat! Edible glitter and ruby red tart cherries put these gems in the spotlight at your next gathering.
These nuts are quick to make and great for parties or gifts.
Prep Time 0 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Let cool 0 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 12 people


  • 3 cups salted pecan halves
  • 3/4 cup granulated vanilla sugar
  • Pinch kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons real Bourbon vanilla
  • 1 cup tart dried cherries
  • Wilton edible glitter optional
  • Wilton sparkling sugar sprinkles sprinkle over pecans


  • On low-medium heat, add pecans, sugar, salt, toss ingredients.
  • Let the sugar caramelize.
  • Add vanilla, toss together, then add cherries.
  • Pour and separate onto a parchment-lined sheet tray, toss with 3 Tablespoon granulated vanilla sugar. Add a little sparkle to these holiday nuts and sprinkle with edible glitter and or Wilton sparkling sugar sprinkles. Separate nuts and let cool and serve.
  • Note: I add whole vanilla bean pods to my pantry sugar jar. 

How to Make Vanilla Sugar

  • Using the tip of your knife, hold the vanilla bean pod flat side down against the cutting board and cut in the center of the pod. Repeat on the other side of the pod. Next, separate the two sides of the pod. Then, scrape out the seeds from each side with the backside of a paring knife, adding seeds and pods into your sugar container with a tightly sealed lid. Let the vanilla sugar sit for 1 to 2 weeks.
    The more pods you add, the more fragrant your sugar will become. Every so often, you will want to give a shake of the sugar jar to encourage flavor to infuse throughout the sugar. The ratio for granulated sugar replacement to Vanilla sugar is 1 cup of sugar to one vanilla bean pod.
  • Note: You can still use granulated sugar in this recipe; if you don’t have vanilla sugar. 
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