Candied Pecans

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.

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

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193 comments on “Candied Pecans”

  1. 5 stars
    They turned out perfect, thankyou so much for posting, Sharon Dodd, from Alabama

  2. 5 stars
    Wonderful. I changed cayenne pepper to 1/4 tsp and also added 1/8 tsp of powdered cloves. This was my second batch. Never could taste cayenne pepper which is why I added a little more pepper. Giving as Christmas treats. Love this recipe.

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  4. 5 stars
    Thank you I love pecans❤

  5. I have made these for Christmas time every year for the past 4 or 5 years. They have a wonderful crunch and are a delicious addition to our cookie tins. Thank you for a recipe that I pass along to family and friends every year.

  6. 5 stars
    just took a batch out of the oven…the house smells as terrific as this treats taste

  7. 4 stars
    I made these roasted pecans tonight and they were delicious. The recipe was easy and the Cayenne pepper added tremendous flavor for such a small amount. My husband and I had to put the roasted pecans into a tin to keep from eating all of them at once. So good!!

  8. 5 stars
    These are wonderful. They have just enough zing from the cayenne pepper. I had friends asking for the recipe after trying them. I actually have a batch in the oven now. They smell yummy!

  9. 5 stars
    I have tried other spiced pecan recipes & there was always something I didn’t like!
    These are perfect! Made them this AM; took about an hour, counting baking time!
    House smells like Thanksgiving or Christmas Day!
    The final product is DELICIOUS! Cannot wait to share them! 👍🎈🎉🎄🎅🏻

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  11. 5 stars
    I and my husband love it,it was so easy. Thank you and have a blessed Christmas 🎄🎁⛄️

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  13. 4 stars
    Third batch in the oven now….delicious.

  14. 5 stars
    Omg! Easy and awesome!

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  16. 5 stars
    So good, they’re addictive!

  17. 3 stars
    We tried this recipe with whole almond and add some all purpose flour. This recipe is very easy to make and it make a good snack.
    Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe…
    Here’s what we did
    500gm whole almond
    1 whole egg white
    Dry ingredients-
    50 gm castor sugar
    50 gm brown sugar
    10 gm all purpose flour
    1/4 teaspoon fine salt

  18. 5 stars
    I made this recipe minus the cayenne, but the pecans came out so delicious!!!!! Will make again, it was so easy!

    Thanks for the amazing recipe

  19. I make these for Christmas every year. They are delicious and so easy to make.

  20. 5 stars
    I just love these!
    I’d love to ad this, keep your nuts in the freezer. Keeps your nuts fresh longer and helps the egg white adhere to them. And that helps all your sweetness attached to your nuts. Yum!

  21. 4 stars
    These are amazing! I used the recipe with almonds too.

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  23. 5 stars
    Awesome recipe! Thank you! I was looking for a recipe that did not use butter and you provided. Very hard to keep my hands out of the container. Love these in a salad with fresh fruit!

  24. 5 stars

  25. 5 stars
    Fabulous! Just what I was looking for! Thanks!

  26. 5 stars
    I make these for the men in our family for Christmas and they love them. I place them in decorative jars and tell them refills are guaranteed just return the jars. 🙂 So simple to make and delicious. Recently made them for my niece’s wedding , she had a candy bar, perfect!

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  29. 5 stars
    This is a great and easy recipe. I cut the amount of cayenne in half and next time will use the full amount. Thank you!

  30. 5 stars
    They came out so crunchy and sweet! We’ve made them twice in one week.

  31. 5 stars
    Glad I chose the recipe, The cayenne made the brown sugar and cinnamon come alive. What a wonderful treat for snacking, adding to ice creams or other desserts.

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  33. 5 stars
    Great recipe! It’s my go to!

  34. 5 stars
    These are the most yummiest Candied Pecans ever!!! I use the same recipe for almonds and walnuts, just as delicious!Thank you!!!

  35. 5 stars
    Love this recipe! And so does everyone else. Recently made for Vegan friend by substituting egg white with 2 TBS of water from can of chick peas.

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  39. 5 stars
    Excellent recipe. I’ve tried other similar recipes, but yours specified the correct baking time so that the results were crackling crunchy good.
    I added a scant teaspoon of ground cumin to your list of ingredients. It played nicely with the cinnamon and cayenne and lent an elusive exotic taste.

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  41. 5 stars
    Made this recipe for my co-workers and everyone loved it!

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  43. 5 stars
    These are simple and delicious! Thanks for sharing

  44. 5 stars
    I am a little confused on the egg whites. It mentions “egg whites” in the section of only needing seven ingredients. In the ingredients list, it says “1 egg white”. In the directions it refers to “egg whites.” This leads me to believe the number of egg whites has changed at some point, and not everything was updated. Can you put all egg white references in the same quantity?
    I used two egg whites, cooked for about 30 minutes. I forgot the cinnamon, but sprinkled it on top within minutes of taking out of the oven. Very good. I also used a combination of pecans and walnuts. I think next time, I will use slightly less sugar.

  45. 5 stars
    I only cooked about half the time it says. The first batch was burned when I left in oven 40 minutes. They were turned half way through.

  46. 5 stars
    These turned out AMAZING. Everybody’s been asking (more like begging) me for the recipe!

    Even my son, who is allergic to pecans, was lamenting he couldn’t have any, since everyone else was raving about them. So I grabbed a can of cashews (he can tolerate those and almonds) and made this recipe with them. They needed less time since they’re smaller, but he LOVES them!

  47. 5 stars
    This recipe makes the perfect candied pecan, so says everyone I have made it for. Thanks for sharing!

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  50. 5 stars
    This recipe is fabulous. I tried them right out of the oven and I thought they were decent. Then cooled them and put them in a ziplock bag. My husband and I tried them later that evening and WOW! So light and buttery tasting.