Instant Pot Maple Candied Pecans are a sweet and slightly salty snack. These candied pecans are fun Holiday gifts to give to teachers, friends, and as hostess gifts. Pressure cooker maple candied pecans are the perfect Holiday nuts snack!
Add pecans, maple syrup, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, salt, and cayenne powder to the pot of your pressure cooker. Turn on the Sauté setting and stir well. Cook for 5-10 minutes, stirring constantly.
Cancel the sauté setting. Add the water and stir gently. Place the lid on the pot and turn the steam release knob to the Sealing position.
Press the Pressure Cook (or Manual) button or dial, then the +/- button or dial to select 8 minutes. High Pressure.
While nuts are cooking, preheat oven to 300° F, and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
When the cooking cycle is finished, turn off the pot and turn the steam release knob to the Venting position to do a Quick Release of the steam. Remove the lid and stir the nuts.
Pour the nuts onto the parchment lined baking sheet and spread them out into a single layer as much as possible.
Bake for 10 minutes. Then remove from oven and stir, place back in oven for about 5 more minutes, but check on them during baking to make sure they don't burn.
Remove from oven and let cool completely before packaging so they will not stick together.
While nuts are pressure cooking, add sugars and cinnamon to a gallon size plastic or paper bag. Shake up to mix.
Take nuts out of the oven and cool until warm, but not hot, and still a bit sticky.
Add half of the nuts to the bag and shake them to coat with the sugar mixture Be careful and close the bag before shaking. Remove nuts to a fresh sheet of parchment to continue cooling. Repeat with second half of nuts. Or, just do half of the nuts and you'll have two varieties!
Discard leftover sugar mixture, or save it for toast!