Candied Pecans

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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!
4.83 from 41 votes
Prep Time
10 minutes
Total Time
55 minutes
4 cups


  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 16 ounces about 4 cups unsalted pecans halves
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon water


  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with a Silpat baking mat or parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, add sugars, cinnamon, and salt. Whisk until combined. Set aside.
  3. 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.
  4. Spread the pecans out in a single layer on prepared baking sheet. Bake for about 40-45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes. The sugar mixture will harden on the pecans.
  5. 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.
Candied Pecans are easy to make and great for salads, snacking, and gift giving! #pecans #holidays #Christmas

Maria Lichty

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. hmmm.. I made these for Christmas and my family wasn’t very into them. For one, there’s a little too much cinnamon in (on) them. Also, a little too much salt. I loved the consistency but that was it… probably won’t make them again.

  2. These are SO addictive! We sampled something similar to these at one of the booths in the farmer’s market. My kids (five years old) LOVED them. So, when we got home I did a quick search and found your site. Quick, easy and delicious. Thank you for a yummy treat.

  3. The temp was too high, after 25 minutes the ones all around the outside were burned 🙁 and I stirred every 10 minutes instead of 15.
    The flavor of the unburned pecans was AMAZING, though. So, I’ll play with the temperature a little next time. I love the saltiness of them as well, it definitely complements the cinnamon.

  4. Whoa!!! Whoa!! let me tell you.. my neighbor a fews ago made these for me and my daughter for Christmas. I though we were about to be on the NEWS , we were fighting over these things.. They are so Delicious. Never heard of them Never had them. I found a recipe and I made them for a few people, They Love them. Only draw back Whoa!!! Pecans are expensive!!! But Worth it..

  5. I made this and agree with some others, that I will lower the temp next time. How long will these be “fresh” tasting after putting in airtight containers? I would like to make these ahead of time and package them as gifts.

  6. I would recommended dropping the temp down to 275…my first batch burned within the first 20 minutes. Next batch baked at 275 for 45 minutes total in increments of 15 minutes and stirring

  7. Why would you bother saying “Lasts up to one month”? Like THAT is going to happen! (One week max in my house!, maybe less!) These are awesome.

  8. I have made this recipe multiple times and these are simply delicious. I’m a caterer and I use the pecans specifically for my apple gorgonzola salad. Needless to say, often times we graze on the pecans and finish them before they ever make their way onto a salad, so this recipe is always nearby. Thank you for sharing it! P.S. – People… DON’T change a thing in the recipe. It’s perfect as it is. But DO check your oven often if you don’t trust it for any reason cuz these babies will burn quickly if not attended.

  9. I used this recipe for my WEDDING Favors at each place setting. My fiance (now husband) and I tried a few recipes an decided that this one was the winner. We baked 15 pounds of these candied pecans and packaged them into cute little favor baggies. The guests loved them and were amazed that they were homemade. Added bonus – they are as economical as they are delicious.

  10. Yankee candle makes a candied pecan tart that is out of this world. So if you want to have your favorite fragrance with out the cooking go for it..I can’t wait to try your recipe.thanks.

  11. Last year, these were the final treat that we made (after the cookies and special Christmas bread). We had some leftover walnuts and almonds, so we mixed them in with the pecans. They were just as delicious!

  12. 5 stars
    Thanks for a delicious candied pecans recipe! I am giving away two portions of this as gifts and then used some of the remaining pecans in your candied pecan chocolate chip cookies recipe. And there are still pecans left over. Looking forward to making these again around Christmastime.

  13. 5 stars
    After having apple salads at Wendy’s this past weekend, I decided to make candied pecans so we can have these delicious salads at home. Have them in the oven as I am typing. So far they have been ridiculously easy to make … which is a plus. Coming up on first stir.  First stir … OMG smell like fresh cinnamon rolls baking. Slobbered on my shirt ☺️ Second stir. Oh the Devine smell, I am in a constant drool Last bake I am only doing 10 min, don’t want to burn them. Ok, yes, I also can’t wait to eat some. Burned my tongue a little on the first one. Absolutely heavenly! Only issue I see is that I should have used 2 bags of pecans. Sad my family won’t get to try some

  14. 5 stars
    These are soooo good! I add a wee bit more cinnamon because you can’t ever have too much. It would be great for gifts…if you can bring yourself to share them. 

  15. 5 stars
    I needed a substitute for pecan pralines for s cheesecake topping. I chopped the pecan but otherwise followed the recipe exactly. They are perfect and delicious! 

  16. 5 stars
    I’ve made this recipe dozens of times! So that means I’ve visited this page dozens of times!! Think I might have it memorized now 😉 Family and friends request these nuts as I make tons and gift them in mason jars. A thoughtful and homemade gift everyone loves! So just a note to say THANK YOU for this amazing recipe!!! 

  17. 4 stars
    Great Recipe! Easy and delicious. My family snacks on these and gobbles them right up. First batch some of the pecans burned; I did the full 45 minutes. However, the 2nd batch turned out much better. I baked them for only 36 minutes. Perfect! You might want to put a “warning” in the actual directions. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

  18. Yes, I tried to make these. But at 300° and only 30 minutes , they burnt. I made these last year and the came out beautiful . What did I do wrong ?

  19. 5 stars
    I’ve been making these for folks since 2013 and everyone raves about them! They disappear very quickly. Thanks for the great recipe/

  20. 5 stars
    These are the best candied pecans I have ever made. They are so delicious, I can hardly wait for them to cool to eat them.  I have made them several times now, and everyone ask me if I will make them a batch for the present. The very first time I made them, I was simply amazed at how it made the whole house smell so yummy!

  21. 5 stars
    For sure double this recipe.  These are super good and really easy.  I think next time I’ll use my good salt and up the measurement just a tad for a little more salty & sweet.  But I made them according to the recipe and they are delicious as is.  will definitely be making again.  and again. 

  22. 5 stars
    These are super yummy and easy. I combined the sugar mixture in a gallon Ziploc bag and tossed the egg coated nuts that way. I will defintely save this recipe! Thanks.

  23. I made that recipe for Christmas and it was a big success in my family! Even people not really into sweets and sugar were drawn to the bowl and it didn’t last very long! And ohhhh, the smell while they were in the oven… A-MA-ZING!

  24. The candied pecans recipe is excellent. I made them for Christmas and I am making them again, my family loves them. Thank you for the recipe it is easy and enjoyed!

  25. 5 stars
    These pecans are delicious and a perfect addition to a Summer salad made with spinach, baby greens, fresh strawberries, feta cheese with a balsamic dressing.

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