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!
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  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups unsalted pecans halves
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/2 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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  1. Hello, what is the difference in the finished product between this recipe and your candied walnuts recipe? (apart from the nut, of course) Which one is best?

    1. I made them and took a bag to my aunt because she was having family come for Christmas. She called tonight and said she put out everything thing else I took her but hid them in her room and wasn’t sharing them! ❤️ They were delicious and super easy. I’m making more tonight.

  2. 5 stars
    I am disabled now, but love to cook. This is best recipe I have found, what a joy to still be a blessing to caregivers and their families. On good days with help, I make this treat and send home with the women who are such blessings in my life. Treats don’t always make it home, but that’s a tale for someone else to tell

  3. 5 stars
    I’ve made these several times, and they’re always a hit. Once finished and cooled, I keep them at room temperature in a mason jar with a lid. They’ll keep fresh a long time like that if you like to have some on hand. We like to use them in a particular salad. It’s just mixed lettuce greens, feta cheese, dried cranberries, chopped seasoned grilled or baked chicken, and these candied pecans (if dressing is desired, olive oil or a fruity balsamic is nice). That salad is always a hit at potlucks, and the candied pecans play a starring role!

  4. 5 stars
    Never made candies pecans before – these were great! I’m totally coming back to this recipe in the future for the holidays 🙂

  5. I know an egg white would be difficult to halve, but I only have 2 cups of pecans. Is there any way to make 1/2 this recipe?

    1. Sure, you can make a half batch. Just whisk the egg white and use half of it. If it isn’t exact, that is ok!

  6. These are delicious! Made them for the first time tonight. I have 2 pecan trees in my yard and this year has been a great year for them already. So know it’s gonna be even better next month! I love that I have fresh pecans on hand but could never make them for holidays for family gifts. 2 cups of hand shelling in 2 hrs takes its toll. they’ll just have to be special treats when I get visitors.

  7. 5 stars
    omg! These are sooooo super easy and delicious! We just love them and everyone we share them with too. Sending in the Christmas boxes this year for sure. Thanks for sharing.

    1. I recommended this to a vegan friend with the substitution of aquafaba (the liquid from a can of chickpeas) for the egg white.

    1. I store mine in a glass jar with a lid and they will last for a month or so. I love having them in my pantry!

  8. 5 stars
    These candied pecans are WONDERFUL!! My husband said they are incredible and that means something coming from him!! Very easy with fantastic crunch and flavor!! Thank you, Maria, for another great recipe!!

  9. 5 stars
    Best recipe I have seen and made so far. I love the combination of white and brown sugar, and the cinnamon gives it an added boost of flavor. This will definitely be my go to recipe from here on out.

  10. 5 stars
    So easy for a beginner! I used two parts pecans and one part shelled pistachios. I used almond extract and pistachio extract. I tripled the recipe and spread it over 4 smallish metal pans with parchment. I rotated the four pans in the oven every 8 minutes and stirred well each time. Absolutely delicious.

  11. 5 stars
    Excellent! My son made these for your apple brie crostini appetizer Thanksgiving Day (5 stars as well), they barely made it to the appetizer they were so good! I will be gifting these candied pecans this year.

  12. 5 stars
    My Christmas gift to staff are candied nuts in a holiday container. This is my favorite recipe. I’ve been doing this for 7 years now. It’s easy and delicious!

  13. 5 stars
    I’ve made your recipe for several years. They are delicious and everyone loves them!! Do you think this recipe would work subbing the pecans for cashews or almonds? Thank you!

    1. 5 stars
      This recipe is great for any nut you can get your hands on! I LOVE this recipe!! Super easy, fast and delicious!

  14. I just finished making these for the 2nd time and they are delicious! They’re very easy to make and went over well as part of hostess gifts for holiday parties. Highly recommend!

  15. I roasted some pecans from my yard. They were delicious just plain. I would like to try your recipe. Do I roast them before I candy them?

  16. 5 stars
    These are my favorite go to every holiday season. This recipe is simple and quick to make. It has been my most requested by friends and family. Thank you for sharing this delightful recipe.

  17. 5 stars
    Delicious!! Great snack!! I made it while watching college football bowl game. I will take some to my aunt and to my cousin who was in car accident. A little something to help cheer him up. Thanks for the recipe.

  18. 5 stars
    Absolutely what I was looking for.
    A simple recipe- perfect flavors.
    This will be on our holiday tradition list-
    but truthfully-
    I will probably make them throughout the year because they are that awesome!
    Thank you

    1. I make them year round! So good on salads, oatmeal, yogurt, in cookies, eaten by the handful, etc!

  19. 5 stars
    I’ve made these several times and they get scooped right up! Crunchy sweet and a lil salty( I add a extra dash of salt ) Delicious every time!

  20. 5 stars
    Looked at 10 or more candied pecans recipes and chose yours. I baked them for my son, for his 40th birthday and everyone loved them!
    I also cut the recipe in half and baked candied walnuts and they turned out great.
    Most definitely this recipe is a keeper.

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