Candied Pecans

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Candied Pecans -- all you need are 7 ingredients to make these delicious treats |

I’ve heard it said that most of the enjoyment of a glass of wine comes from the smell.

But I’m pretty sure the same goes for candied nuts.

These.  Pecans.  Smell.  AMAZING!!!

Oh my goodness.  I’m kind of convinced that people should stop buying candles and just bake candied nuts all of the time to make their homes smell delicious.  (Hmmm, tempting actually.)  Although, of course, the best part about making candied pecans is getting to pop them in your mouth and taste that sweet, cinnamon-y, nutty goodness.  They are such a treat, and far better than any pre-packaged nuts you might buy at the store.  Plus, they’re ridiculously easy to make.  And when you make them homemade, there are no mystery processed ingredients added to the mix, and you can control exactly how sweet and cinnamon-y and spicy you would like them to be.

I have been making candied pecans for years, either to use at home for snacking or salads, or to give away as holiday gifts.  And let’s just say, my friends and family always go nuts over them.  So here’s my favorite recipe!

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Candied Pecans -- all you need are 7 ingredients to make these delicious treats |

There are many different ways that you can make candied nuts, but I still like the classic cinnamon-sugary version, with just a hint of cayenne.  Trust me.  It is the magic (and very subtle) ingredient that truly makes these nuts “pop”!

Candied Pecans -- all you need are 7 ingredients to make these delicious treats |

All you need to make these are 7 ingredients:

  • pecan halves
  • egg whites
  • granulated sugar
  • brown sugar
  • ground cinnamon
  • salt
  • cayenne

Candied Pecans -- all you need are 7 ingredients to make these delicious treats |

Whisk together your dry ingredients until they are well-combined.  (I often toss them in a ziplock bag, and then smoosh it around with my fingers until the mixture is even.  Quick and easy.)

Then in a separate bowl, add your egg whites and pecans, and toss until the pecans are evenly coated.  Then add in your dry ingredients and carefully toss until combined.

Candied Pecans -- all you need are 7 ingredients to make these delicious treats |

Lay those babies out on a parchment-lined baking sheet, so that they don’t stick to the pan.

Candied Pecans -- all you need are 7 ingredients to make these delicious treats |

And then bake them up to delicious perfection, and get ready for your home to start smelling amazing.Candied Pecans -- all you need are 7 ingredients to make these delicious treats |

These guys are perfect for salads (stay tuned for a new recipe tomorrow!), yogurt parfaits, ice cream sundaes, or topping anything else that calls for sweet pecans.  But I have to say, I still think they’re best for snacking.  And if you’re feeling generous, they are perfect for gifting to friends and family this holiday season so that they can enjoy snacking on them as well.  Because if you ask me, the more candied nuts in this world, the better it will smell be.



Candied Pecans

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 6 cups 1x


This simple recipe for candied nuts only calls for 7 ingredients. They are perfect for topping various salads, entrees and desserts. And they also make a delicious gift!



  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 Tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne
  • 4 cups (12 ounces) pecans halves, unsalted
  • 1 egg white, whisked


  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
  2. Add the granulated sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, salt and cayenne to a large bowl or ziplock bag. Toss or whisk until evenly combined. Set aside.
  3. In a separate bowl, add pecans and egg whites, and gently toss until combined and the pecans are evenly coated. Add in the sugar mixture, and toss until combined.
  4. Spread the mixture out in a single layer on a parchment-lined baking sheet. (If your baking sheet is not that large, you may need to split the batch onto two baking sheets.) Bake for about 40 minutes, removing the nuts and giving them a stir every 20 minutes, until the pecans are fragrant and the sugar coating is cooked. (The sugar will harden more once the pecans are out of the oven.)
  5. Remove from the oven, and let the baking sheet cool on a cooling rack until the nuts reach room temperature. Transfer them to a sealed container and store until ready to use.

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214 comments on “Candied Pecans”

  1. 2nd batch in the oven. These are deliciously addictive. I love the hint of cayman. Perfect candied pecans! Will be making this for upcoming holiday season.

  2. Best ever! Went thru 4 pounds of pecans!

  3. Absolutely loved it. Easy but very rewarding. I added more cayenne in some batches that were being consumed by adults needing more of a kick. Love Love LoveLove Love!!!!!!

  4. I make these too. Except with the egg whites, I make meringue, add TOASTED (and cooled) pecans then I sprinkle the same ingredients mixed together like you do and make sure they’re well coated. Slo bake them. You’re so right, people go NUTS over them. Sometimes instead of cayenne, I’ll use fresh ground nutmeg.

    • Lynn – I don’t understand your adaptation. Do you mean that – rather than whisking the egg whites – you beat until peaks form? I really like your idea of toasting the nuts first. 👍

  5. I made these for Christmas gifts but ended up eating the ENTIRE batch myself and wouldn’t share. Seriously addicting!

  6. I’ve made these before and we absolutely LOVE them. . question. I only have dark brown sugar right now. Do you think that will work. It looks like you have light brown sugar which is what I think I may have used before.

  7. Hi Ali,

    Do you think this recipe will work with almonds?


  8. Added some vanilla flavoring to my egg white and only 2 teaspoons of cinnamon. Absolutely love these.

  9. Delicious

  10. One star each for simple, quick, easy, delicious and adaptable! I used a couple of tablespoons of a mulled spice mix whick included orange and cloves.

  11. I made these last year for Christmas baskets…everyone loved them, including me!
    I’m making them again this year and plan on making this “my” new tradition.
    Thank you so much! Merry Christmas!

  12. Do you allow, using one photo from your site in a round up post–with links back and credit to your site only–only the photo will appear on the site with credit and links to your recipe.

  13. You say egg whites, have only one in directions. Is it just one or two whites?

  14. I would really like to try these , but can you suggest another season besides cinnamon?

  15. These are so easy to make and also are delicious! I gave as small tokens for appreciation and everyone thought they were outstanding.

  16. Just made a batch…..these are friggin’ amazing!! Don’t think they’re gonna make it to my salad tonight since my husband and I are eating them right out of the sheet pan!

  17. I have never made these myself. But I have had them before as gifts. So I am trying your Recipe First of all. Will let you know how they turn out. Susie W

  18. Please help me. I can’t stop eating these roasted nuts!
    Awesome recipe. I took your advice and upped the brown sugar to a half cup. I used pecans and walnuts.
    Excellent!!! You get A++😁

  19. How necessary is the salt in this recipe. I have to do a low salt diet, but these sound wonderful.

  20. So delicious and super easy to make!