Candied Pecans

By Maria Lichty

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Candied Pecans-an easy recipe for Cinnamon-Sugar Candied Pecans! They are the perfect topping for salads, main dishes, desserts, or grab a handful for a snack! They are also perfect for gift giving!

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I am obsessed with the scented wax melts. I have a drawer full of them and keep buying more when they are on sale. I love trying new scents. I always make Josh and Caleb sniff every scent in the store. Josh humors me and plays along, but usually turns up his nose at 98% of the scents. Caleb usually loves them all and encourages me to buy them…so I do! I want our house to smell good when friends walk in the door!

I am usually drawn to the scents that smell like food…cookies, cupcakes, apple pie, etc. The only problem is they make me hungry:)

I found a new favorite scent and it isn’t from a scented wax melt, it is from baking a batch of Candied Pecans. If you want your house to smell amazing, put a batch of Candied Pecans in the oven! Your neighbors will be knocking on the door to see what is happening in your kitchen. They smell SO good and they taste even better!

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I especially love making candied pecans during the holiday months. I love the cinnamon aroma and the candied nuts are perfect for holiday recipes. They are a great topping for salads, main dishes, and desserts! They make everything taste better! They just add something special and that is what the holidays are all about! I also love eating them by the handful. They are crunchy, sweet, and make a great snack!

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Candied Pecans are also EASY to make, which is a big time bonus during the crazy holiday months. You can pop a pan in the oven in a matter of minutes. You have to stir them while they are baking, but the smell will keep you close! You won’t want to go far!

Now, I just need to figure out how I can package my Candied Pecan smell in a scented wax melt. I would make millions:) Until then, I will just have to bake a pan of Candied Pecans every day! 🙂

And come back next week because I am sharing two tasty salads that feature candied pecans! You will want to add these salads to your holiday menus. I promise!

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Candied Pecans

Candied Pecans are a great topping for salads, main dishes, and desserts! They are also good eaten by the handful and make a great gift during the holiday months!
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  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with a Silpat baking mat or parchment paper and set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, add sugars, cinnamon, and salt. Whisk until combined. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, whisk the egg white, vanilla, and water together until frothy. Add the pecans and gently toss until the pecans are well coated. Add the sugar and cinnamon mixture and toss until pecans are covered.
  • Spread the pecans out in a single layer on prepared baking sheet. Bake for about 30-45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes. The sugar mixture will harden on the pecans.
  • Remove from the oven and let the pecans cool on the baking sheet. When completely cool, store in an airtight container for up to 1 month.


Makes about 4 cups


Calories: 249kcal, Carbohydrates: 17g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 20g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Sodium: 151mg, Potassium: 128mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 14g, Vitamin A: 16IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 31mg, Iron: 1mg

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I'm Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. Like you, I love the smell of cinnamon in the house. I’ll be making these candied pecans this afternoon, a perfect antidote to a rainy afternoon.

    Another go to smell this time of year is that of mulled wine or cider. And sometimes, when I just want the smell and not something warm to drink, I just put some cinnamon sticks and other spices in wate on the wood stove. And soon the house smells heavenly. (I guess another kind of stove would work too.)

    Thanks to all the good recipes over the year. Best wishes for 2023.

  2. 5 stars
    Loved this recipe. Easy to make and everyone loved the candied pecans. The first thing my husband asked when he came into the house was, “What are you baking?” “It smells fantastic.” The aroma of the pecans baking got him. He loved the way the house smelled and was eager to sample this new treat!

    1. I disagree, I even go the 45 minutes stirring every 15 minutes and they are perfect.

    2. 45 minutes is perfect. Your oven might be running hot, if so then you would need less time.

    1. 5 stars
      Been using this recipe for several years and it’s one of my go-tos to take to parties. Made 5 batches today for my nephew’s wedding on Saturday as a special request from the family. Thank goodness I have several pecan trees on my property and keep the shelled nuts in my freezer for easy use for this recipe.

  3. 5 stars
    Stumbled across this recipe and made it. I love it. I made it for a co-worker and she loved it now the other co-workers want me to make them some too! Thanks

  4. 5 stars
    I love your recipe and have been using it solely when making candied pecans. I wonder if you’ve ever tried your recipe with any other nuts? Like almonds? I have a bag of almonds and all my friends want me to candy them, but im hoping this recipe will work, what do you think?

  5. 5 stars
    A+ Taste wonderful. Quick and easy to make. Followed the recipe exactly! Definitely a winner! ⭐️

  6. 5 stars
    Love this recipe for at least 2 years in a row. I add one other ingredient – 3 tbsp melted butter at the end before baking. May not make a difference but it seems the crunch lasts longer when stored for a few days.

  7. 5 stars
    Easy-Delicious- had to keep the family away so I could use them in my salad. I lost the battle and had to make more!

  8. 5 stars
    These turn out perfectly every time! Today, we will use them in a salad with greens, slivers of red onion, dried cranberries, borgonzola, and a homemade maple vinaigrette! So delicious !

    Thank you!

  9. I enjoy reading and making your recipes all year long.
    Such a busy family you are.
    Have a wonderful Christmas…happy eating.
    Jill from Vancouver

  10. 5 stars
    Bakers beware, these are addicting and insanely easy to make!
    The sweet salty crunch will have you grabbing for more.
    These are great for charcuterie boards, a sweet snack, gifts or literally anything. Put these bad boys in a mason jar and give them out to people.Everyone has loved them, asking where I bought them.

  11. 5 stars
    I have had a taste for Pecan Pralines lately, so started searching. I wanted the pecan praline recipe using a cinnamon, sugar coating, baked in the oven. However I saw several using the stove top, candy thermometer, and dropping by ice cream scoop onto a cookie sheet. It used 3 cups sugar and dark syrup. Unhealthy.
    This recipe was what I wanted. I didn’t have an egg so used 1/4 cup melted butter, stirred in vanilla and drizzled over top of the pecans then dumped into the sugar cinnamon mixture and coated well. I sprayed a cookie sheet and single layered pecan mixture and baked according to the recipe. It is delicious and I like the fact that it was quick, and only used 1 cup sugar and no syrup. Thank you for the great recipe.

  12. 5 stars
    Wonderful!!!! Why haven’t I been doing this my whole life? These are delicious and a huge hit in my house. The house does smell amazing.

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