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!

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.


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Candied Pecans

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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  1. I will make these for my Christmas treats.
    This works well with walnuts too.

    • Yes, totally, feel free to try this recipe with any kind of nuts, or a combination if you like!

  2. I made these last night and they are amazing!

    Thank you for the recipe!

  3. I posted a comment on 12/1/15 about making these as gifts for my family for Christmas gifts. I decided to wait until today to make them because this is my first day of my holiday vacation and I have been calling this day Pecan Day for about two weeks now while planning everything! I am so excited to get to make something for my family. I’ll be making 18 tins of pecans today so wish me luck and peace be with my oven! Haha. Thanks again for the great recipe!

  4. I just made a HUMONGOUS batch of this for my co-workers (recipe x6). I put the pecans and egg whites in my big soup pot. It made it really easy to stir without making a mess. Then I dumped the dry ingredients right into the pot. I used 4 cookie sheets and they came out awesome! Great recipe thank you!

    • That’s so awesome Selina, thanks for sharing (and for giving the recipe a try)! We’re so happy you enjoyed these! :D

  5. Awesome! Saw the extra sugar mixture for topping oatmeal for breakfast! Yummy, good!

  6. Double batch on the oven right now.  The house smells amazing.  Glad I’ll have a fabulous hostess gift for a last minute neighborhood get together this evening.  Thanks for the recipe!  Merry Christmas!

  7. OMG! These are so yummy and super easy to make. I made them to give as gifts but its going to be hard to not eat them all up?

  8. These were so easy to make and they are delicious! I’m making them for a Christmas gift.

  9. This is a great recipe! Super easy and super delicious!

  10. Is there a way yo do these without the egg whites? My hubby loves nuts, pecans especially, but he has to avoid eggs. 

    • Hi there! Yes, you can definitely do these without the egg whites, we hope you enjoy! :)

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  12. Hi there,
    Im crazy about candied pecans as well, but had never done it myself. ?
    How long can it be stored? If I make it without the egg whites, do you think it would last longer?
    Many thanks!!

    • Hi Luciana! They’ll still last just as long with an egg white. You can store them in an airtight container for about a month. We hope you enjoy these! :)

  13. I haven’t even finished eating my salad with your yummy pecans…they are AWESOME! Easy and wonderful recipe. Thank you. 

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  16. Hi so I’m giving these a try but I replaced the cyenne with pumpkin spice hope they turn out good. Thank you for the recipe.

  17. These are addictive for me and there goes my sugar levels so deoicious :)

  18.   These are really good. One family member allergies do not permit cayenne. So I omitted. Used half granulated white sugar, 1/4 maple sugar and 1/4 dark muscovado India brown sugar. Turned out excellent. Thanks for the recipe! 

  19. I have been buying  mesquite  bbq  flavored  candied pecans  at the store and suddenly  they are no longer available .  Do you have any suggestions ? 

  20. I am out of parchment. Can I use silpats or will they get ruined?

    Thank you.

  21. Oh my gosh!! What a great recipe and so simple!! Thank you!! :)

  22. Hello! Of all the recipes of candied pecans I saw on the internet, yours was the most appealing to me.  I can make it in advance, what a charm! Tomorrow is cinnamon day!!! Thanks… :)

  23. I have the same recipe but mine does not call for the pepper. the one I have calls for 1 TBS. of water add to the whites and beat till soft peaks. I have cook them with just whisking the whites but you get better coverage if they are beating to soft peaks.

  24. I have made these pecans the past 2 years and gave them as gifts. Needless to say, they are a hit and are requested now. Do you think they work in a crock pot? Thanks! Great recipe!

    • We’re so glad you enjoy the recipe, Katie! :) We’ve never tried these in a crockpot before, but we’ve seen recipes out there!

  25. Hello again! The pecans were delicious! Easy and very good, a recipe to keep! Thanks again….

  26. Just put mine in the oven, I’m excited to try & gift. Really easy recipe and they smell amazing !!

  27. I’m making these tonight for gift giving for Christmas. I just love these candied pecans.I’m sure I’ll have to make another batch. I’m making them with Splenda and Splenda brown sugar as my husband is diabetic. Also that will cut the calories down a bit. Thank you so much for the recipe. And it was so easy to whip together. Let’s hope my hubby and I don’t eat them all before I package them up for gifts.

  28. I just made these for Christmas and they are terrific.  This recipe is a keeper.  

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  30. This sounds like a great recipe. I can’t wait to try it.

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  32. In the oven now and smelling so good!  My friend gifted me with a huge bag of pecans grown in her yard. 

  33. Do you mean cayenne as in the pepper or if you don’t care for it can it be omitted or replaced with something else

    • Hi Dolores! If you don’t care for cayenne, you can just leave it out. Feel free to replace it with another spice you like, if you prefer!

  34. Delicious! Easy to prepare.  I have made these several times and they are disappear rapidly.  

  35. I wanted to let you know this recipes has become a staple in our household. We use it for gifts, salads, snacks, primavera, and charcuterie.  Everyone raves!  The recipe turns out perfect every time! Thank you so much for sharing. Love your blog!

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  37. This should be called pecan crack!! So good you can’t leave it alone!! So much better than any store bought!!
    Thanks for this recipe’n

    Rating: 5
  38. Made these to use as an accent for a 4 tier carrot cake. Incredibly easy to make, plus mouth watering to boot!

    • Thanks for sharing, Valerie — we’re so happy you enjoyed them!

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  42. I made a batch with pecans and a batch with walnuts. I took them to a staff potluck and served them with vanilla ice cream and caramel topping. They loved it!

    Very easy to make…

    • Thanks for sharing, Melody — we’re so glad to hear they were a hit! :)

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