Candied Pecans

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!
4.83 from 41 votes


  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 16 ounces unsalted pecans halves (about 4 cups)
  • 1 egg white
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon water


  • 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. 5 stars
    Great recipe I’ve made 3 batches in 1 week because I can’t stop eating them. Like red hots I put these s%#ts on everything! 

  2. 5 stars
    I made these for a sweet table for my son’s wedding. They didn’t last till the wedding I will be making a triple batch and hiding them along with a couple of other family favorites like Carmel corn. We were looking for sweets that were easy to handle and that would stand up to the September Florida evening heat these are among family favorites that fit the bill. 

  3. 5 stars
    I made the candied pecans. They turned out great. Each time I make
    them they get better n better. I’ve made them 6 times already. I love to snack on them. Thanks for the recipe.

  4. These are the BEST pecans I ever had. They just melt in your mouth. Took them to game night with friends. Everyone loved them. One guy had to move them to another table because he couldn’t stop eating them. 

    1. These are the BEST pecans I ever had. They melt in your mouth. I took them to game night and everyone loved them. One guy had to move them because he couldn’t stop eating them. 


  5. 5 stars
    So good!! Only wish I could get about 2-3X more of the candy coating on there somehow. But these are wonderful. Thanks for the recipe!

  6. 5 stars
    I come back to this recipe for Candied Pecans year after year. In my case, 300 degrees for 30 minutes, stirring every 10, is perfect. Especially at Christmastime, they’re tasty hostess gifts, family gifts, party favors, appetizers… Every person I’ve given them to, young and old, raves about them. Many ask for the recipe and I direct them here. Thank you for the wonderful recipe!

  7. 5 stars
    Just made these today to use as topping for the ice cream I made with my KitchenAid attachment. 

    1. I made these for the first time this past Christmas. I used just pecans that time. I added a touch of orange extract instead of vanilla. The second time I made them I put half pecans & half cashews. They turned out great. The other day I wanted more so I looked every where. I was dismayed when I could not find the recipe. I found yours which is the same. Today I am going to make them & this time I will include pistachios. I find that the coating is just the right amount.

  8. Just before I put these in the oven, I drizzled the pecans with an aged Balsamic vinegar…!

    It worked, just a hint of sour made these spectacular.

  9. 4 stars
    Can you tell me, would you recommend adding a little heat to these such as some Cayenne? I am thinking of using them as you suggested in your Mexican Wedding Cookies and I thought just a little kick might be nice as we are taking them to a Mexican Fiesta at a local brewery and the spice might add to the flavor and cut the sweetness just a little to go with the beer? any suggestions?

  10. 5 stars
    It’s official! My house smells like that store someone mentioned, with all the delicious candies and the smell of cinnamon. Such an easy recipe!

  11. 5 stars
    This recipe is so good!!!!! It’s easy peasy and pecans are delicious!!! This is going to be my go to recipe for gift giving!!!! ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️

  12. 5 stars
    Awesome …

    I’ve put this in my favorite stash! My grandson (age 4) came to me and said, “Papaw, can you make this pecan candies? You make the best pecan candies!” It’s a winner around here with little to no effort…

  13. 5 stars
    Awesome …

    I’ve put this in my favorite stash! My grandson (age 4) came to me and said, “Papaw, can you make this pecan candies? You make the best pecan candies!” It’s a winner around here with little to no effort…

  14. 1 star
    This recipe was an unmitigated disaster for me. I make candied nuts of all kinds all the time. On a regular basis I make batches once or twice a week. I decided to try this recipe but… No. My pecans are burnt and I don’t like the taste of the sugar mix with the cinnamon and salt. My pecans look black, tar-y, and unappetizing. I won’t be using this recipe again.

  15. 5 stars
    These candied pecans are absolutely divine! I am currently making them for the third time in two weeks and they are a favorite of everyone who has tried them. Though not many have tried them because my husband and I can’t keep them around more than 3 days at most. They are just that good! I love the crunch that comes with this recipe, and every nut turns out perfectly coated in the sugar mixture. This has become a staple in our household!

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