Candied Pecans

This Candied Pecans recipe is the best I’ve tasted! They make a tasty snack, or salad topper and are excellent homemade gifts as well!

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Candied Pecans

There are certain textures that I tend to gravitate towards and others that I’m not sad to miss out on. Mushiness, for example, is a texture that I have very little love for. But I seriously love crunch. Potato chips. Dill pickles. French fries. Crispy foods that have a winning crunch are right in my wheelhouse.

So as you can imagine, Candied Pecans are also right in my wheelhouse. I mean what’s not to love about a crispy, sugary shell around a delicious pecan?

One thing I love about these is how easy they are to make. Prep time took a whopping five minutes of my time and then I let the oven work it’s magic. It really was that easy! I couldn’t be more excited to add this sugared pecans recipe to my go-to list. I have a big zipper bag of them hanging out in my pantry right now (though I can’t tell you how long they’ll last because I keep eating them!!).

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Tips for how to make candied pecans

  • Be sure to line your pan with parchment or a silicone pan liner to prevent sticking. If you’re still worried, you can also give the liner a light coat of cooking spray (although it shouldn’t need it).
  • Make sure you whisk the egg white until it’s nice and foamy. If you’re not in the mood for arm day, you can always use a mixer with the whisk attachment, just make sure you don’t accidentally make meringue.
  • I like to mix all the dry ingredients in a separate bowl and after fully coating the pecans I sprinkle it on to them and toss it well. This way each pecan will have all the flavors on it.
  • Make sure you turn them once halfway through the cooking process.

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Frequently asked questions about making cinnamon roasted pecans

  • How long do candied pecans last? These will last about a month at room temperature and even longer in the refrigerator.
  • How do I store these? Keep them in an airtight container.
  • Can I freeze candied pecans? Yes! For up to two months, although the pecans themselves may lose some of their flavor.
  • Are candied pecans healthy? The pecans themselves are quite healthy, but the processed sugar is not. So you have a little bit of both sides in there.
  • What can I do with candied pecans? This Candied Pecans recipe has so many delicious options for enjoying them. First of all, they’re excellent when you’re in the mood for a sweet snack! They would be a festive holiday salad topper as well. And while I’m on the topic of holidays, wouldn’t these be an easy homemade gift? I know I’d be thrilled to receive these sweet confections! These glazed pecans would also be a great addition to add a bit of crunch to baked goods like pies (spoiler alert: I use them as a pretty and delicious topper for my Mini Pumpkin Cheesecakes!).

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Candied Pecans
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
40 mins

This Candied Pecans recipe is the best I've tasted! A few simple ingredients like brown sugar, granulated sugar, cinnamon, salt, vanilla and egg and then it's as easy as letting the oven do it's magic. They make a tasty snack, or salad topper and are excellent homemade gifts as well!

Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Candied Pecans
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Jessy Freimann, The Life Jolie
  • 1 large egg white
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 cups pecan halves, shelled
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 Tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  1. Preheat the oven to 275 degrees and line a sheet pan with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat (you can also give it a quick spray of cooking spray, though you shouldn't have to).

  2. Put the egg white into a mixing bowl and whisk until foamy.

  3. Add the vanilla extract to the egg whites and whisk to combine. Set aside.

  4. In small bowl mix brown sugar, granulated sugar, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg until really well combined.

  5. Add the pecans to the egg white mixture. Toss until evenly coated.

  6. Pour the sugar mixture over the pecans and toss them again until they're evenly coated in the sugar mixture.

  7. Spread the pecans onto your sheet pan in a single layer.

  8. Bake for 30-40 minutes, turning once half way through.

  9. Cool and serve or store in an airtight container.

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This Candied Pecans recipe is the best I've tasted! A few simple ingredients like brown sugar, granulated sugar, cinnamon, salt, vanilla and egg and then it's as easy as letting the oven do it's magic. These make a tasty snack, or salad topped and are excellent holiday gifts!

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    September 27, 2016 at 1:15 pm Candied pecans are simple the best. One, they're delicious. STINKIN delicious. And two, they make the whole house smell like a wonderland. Can't wait to make the season's first batch!
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      September 28, 2016 at 4:31 pm I agree Karly- they're dangerously addictive!! I'm pretty sure I'll be making many more before the season is through!
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    September 26, 2017 at 9:06 pm Made these today -- so delicious and much better than at the fairs!
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      September 27, 2017 at 9:49 am I'm so glad you loved them! I always smell them at the fairs from a mile away and can't resist them! I love that these make my house smell like them!
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    November 14, 2017 at 12:22 am I'd love to start making these now as part of Christmas gifts. Would they last until then? Or be ok to freeze and then bring to room temp when ready to gift?
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      November 14, 2017 at 9:19 am These are excellent xmas gifts! I've never tried freezing them but I suspect they may do well in the freezer. I just can't confirm since I haven't tested it. If you try it, please let me know how it works out (I'll be shooting a video of these soon so I'll give it a shot and update when I do).
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    November 27, 2017 at 10:06 pm Candied pecans are a favorite in our house. Not sure why we only think of making them during the holidays.
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      November 28, 2017 at 10:20 am I have to agree with you, Megan. Candied Pecans need more all-year-around love.
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    Richa Gupta
    December 2, 2017 at 1:07 am Love these candied pecans, they look yum!
    • Reply
      December 3, 2017 at 11:22 pm Thanks Richa!
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    Debbie O
    December 10, 2017 at 11:45 am These come out delicious every time I make them. Love this recipe.
    • Reply
      December 10, 2017 at 7:45 pm So glad to hear that Debbie- me too! Enjoy :)

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