Candied Pecans

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Candied Pecans are a delicious sweet crunchy snack, great in desserts and delicious in salads too!

In this easy recipe, pecans are tossed in a cinnamon sugar mixture and baked until crunchy! 

Super simple to make these are a simple treat and make an easy gift too!

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What Are Candied Pecans?

Candied pecans are pecans that have been coated in a sweet and cinnamony coating and baked until crunchy.

Whether looking to add something special to a salad or want something indulgent to snack on, this easy candied pecans recipe is the answer. Sprinkle them on a bowl of ice cream, they’re just the right combination of sweet and crunchy.

steps for making candied pecans

How to Make Candied Pecans

Making candied nuts is as easy as 1, 2, 3! We guarantee you’ll love these.

  1. Whisk egg white and water until foamy (this helps the sugar stick!). Toss the egg white mixture with the pecans.
  2. Sprinkle with cinnamon, sugar, and salt. Spread in a single layer onto a parchment lined pan and bake per the recipe below.
  3. Voila, homemade candied pecans!

Variations

  • Swap out the cinnamon sugar and add your favorite spices like pumpkin pie spice, ginger, or apple pie spice.
  • Try a small pinch of cayenne pepper or 1 teaspoon of vanilla extra added to the egg.
  • Trade the white sugar for brown sugar.
  • Swap out the pecans for other nuts like cashews, almonds, or walnuts.

Candied Pecans on a baking sheet before cooking

How to Use Candied Pecans

This candied pecan recipe is not only easy to make, but there are lots of different ways to enjoy them!

  • Add candied pecans to salad (especially great with kale winter salad or spinach salad).
  • Add them to a bowl of yogurt, crush them over a breakfast smoothie or smoothie bowl.
  • Caramelized pecans can be eaten by themselves for a quick satisfying snack.
  • Drizzle with dark chocolate to take them to the next level.
  • Place them in a mason jar and tie it with a ribbon as a nice homemade gift.

close up of cooked Candied Pecans on a baking sheet

How to Store Them

Once cooled, candied pecans need to be stored in an airtight container or freezer bag to keep them fresh. Regardless of where you intend to store them!

  • Room Temperature: If storing the caramelized pecans in the cupboard or on the counter they will last to 2 weeks.
  • Chilled: Store pecan candy in the refrigerator for up to 4 weeks for easy snacking.
  • Frozen: Candy-coated pecans will last a couple of months in the freezer. Be sure to store in a freezer bag for best results!

I love to stock my pantry and freezer with items that I love and are useful too.  These Candied Pecans definitely fit this description! So versatile, tasty, nutritious and absolutely delicious, never be without these tasty nuts!

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5 from 15 votes
Review Recipe

Candied Pecans

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 16 servings
These candied pecans are easy to make and the perfect addition to salads, desserts or just for snacking!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 lb pecan halves

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Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 325°F.
  • In a small bowl combine the first 3 ingredients.  Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, whisk the water with the egg white until airy and light. Add the pecan halves and stir to coat.
  • Sprinkle the sugar mixture over the pecans.  Mix together evenly and spread evenly onto a parchment-lined baking sheet. 
  • Bake for about 40 minutes, until pecans are browned and the sugar has caramelized.  Be sure to stir the pecans regularly as they cook.

Recipe Notes

  • Add your favorite spices like pumpkin pie spice, ginger, or apple pie spice.
  • Try a small pinch of cayenne pepper or 1 teaspoon of vanilla extra added to the egg.
  • Swap out the pecans for other nuts like cashews, almonds, or walnuts.
  • Add candied pecans to salad (especially great with kale winter salad or spinach salad).
  • Add them to a bowl of yogurt, crush them over a breakfast smoothie or smoothie bowl.
  • Drizzle with dark chocolate to take them to the next level.
  • Place them in a mason jar and tie it with a ribbon as a nice homemade gift.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 0.25cup, Calories: 246, Carbohydrates: 17g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 20g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Sodium: 149mg, Potassium: 119mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 14g, Vitamin A: 16IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 21mg, Iron: 1mg

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
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Candied Pecans in a cup with a title
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  1. I doubled the recipe and it came out perfect! Also used same recipe with Almonds! So yummy. Thank you for this recipe :0)5 stars

  2. I have enjoyed so many of the recipes you share. It has inspired me to select new dishes to try.
    The candied pecans have an Incredible taste. Just a little goes along way in the dishes!5 stars

  3. All Your yummy recipes look so delicious I have to Try them all . I Love salads have to try u salsa dressing yummy. THANK U so much for posting all ur delicious recipes. Came Ur delicious recipes coming please. GOD BLESS MERRY CHRISTMAS TO U .

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  4. These are truly amazing and so easy…I’ve made them a few times and we all love them..
    Thank you..
    I large bag of pecans from costco yields a double batch..5 stars

  5. Now you’re talking! These sound delicious. I guess I had better put in my order with my aunt since she has the pecan trees!

  6. I love to munch on candied pecans and always put a little extra cinnamon in mine. ;)5 stars

  7. Seriously…Candied Pecans are my major weakness! I can’t stop popping them into my mouth!!!