Easy Candied Pecans Recipe

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This Easy Candied Pecans Recipe is the BEST! These are great for topping on salads, giving as Holiday gifts, desserts or just to snack on.

Candied Pecans in a jar

Candied Pecans Recipe

You can use ANY kind of nuts or a combination of different nuts for this recipe, like walnuts, almonds, cashews, peanuts, etc…. All of these will turn into the perfect cinnamon sugar candied nuts using this recipe, it’s simply the best!

You can use candied nuts for so many different recipes. IF you can hold off from snacking on them, they are great for topping on salads, desserts (including our popular Fireball Pumpkin Pie), ice cream, or just serving in bowls at gatherings. These are always such a huge hit with everyone!

This recipe has the perfect coating made with a cinnamon and sugar mixture and melds perfectly with the toasted pecan flavors. These will take 40-45 minutes to bake and will make your whole house smell wonderful!

Ingredients You Will Need:

  • Sugars – you’ll need granulated sugar and brown sugar.
  • Cinnamon – ground cinnamon adds the best flavor.
  • Salt – just a teaspoon of salt.
  • Pecans – you will use pecan halves.
  • Egg – you will beat an egg white and this will bind the ingredients together making a nice candy coating.
  • Vanilla – pure vanilla extract is best.
Candied Nuts in a Jar

How To Make Candied Pecans

  • Start by adding cinnamon, sugar and salt to a bowl. In another bowl whisk together an egg white, water and vanilla.
  • Add the pecans to the egg white mixture and toss to coat. Add on the cinnamon sugar mixture on top and toss well to coat.
  • Pour the nuts onto a baking sheet lined with a silicone baking mat parchment paper.
  • Bake at 300 degrees for about 40-45 minutes, giving them a toss every 10-15 minutes.
  • Allow them to cool completely before storing.
making candied pecans

Candied Pecans Stovetop Method:

  • Add 1 cup of pecans to a large skillet. Toast over medium-high heat for 3 minutes, stirring often. Remove from skillet and set aside.
  • Add 1/2 cup brown sugar, a pinch of salt, 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon and 2 tablespoons of water to the skillet and stir to combine. Cook over medium heat until bubbling.
  • Add the pecans and cook for 3 more minutes, stirring to gently coat in the glaze.
  • Remove from the heat, and pour pecans out onto a parchment lined tray. Allow to cool completely.

This method will leave the pecans looking a bit glossy and will not have the same coating as pictured, but also taste great. 

Common Questions

How Long Do Candied Nuts Last?

Candied nuts can be stored in an airtight container for one week, in the fridge for up to 3 weeks.

Can You Freeze Candied Pecans?

Yes! I actually find these quite delicious frozen!  They don’t get hard like you would think.  These will keep in the freezer for two months.

candied pecans as gifts

Homemade Candied Pecans Variations

You can switch up the flavor of these glazed nuts easily! Here are a few things that we suggest adding:

  • cayenne pepper to give them a bit of a kick
  • pumpkin spice for a delicious Fall flavor
  • smoked paprika to make them sweet and savory

Add in 1/2 teaspoon of these spices for something different.

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5 from 55 votes

Easy Candied Pecans Recipe

This Easy Candied Pecans Recipe is the BEST! These crunchy pecans are great for desserts, topping salads with, giving as holiday gifts, or just for a sweet treat to snack on.  
Servings: 8 servings
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 40 minutes
Total: 45 minutes



  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with a baking mat or parchment paper and set aside.
  • In a small mixing bowl, add sugars, cinnamon, and salt. Whisk until combined. Set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk the egg white, vanilla, and water together until frothy. Add in the pecans and gently mix 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 40 minutes, stirring every 10 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.

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Serving: 10g | Calories: 498kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 41g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Sodium: 301mg | Potassium: 257mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 28g | Vitamin A: 32IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 61mg | Iron: 2mg


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29 comments on “Easy Candied Pecans Recipe”

  1. 5 stars
    Made it for Christmas, 2023, for a snack, but ended up making it twice as it disappeared quickly! Now it has become a staple in a jar on the kitchen counter for nibbling year round.

  2. 5 stars
    I’ve made these several times and they are the absolute best! The only change I made was using Splenda and Splenda brown sugar. Thanks!

  3. Donna Finnell

    5 stars
    I love this recipe! I doubled the recipe to make as Christmas gifts for my coworkers. It was well written and easy to follow. I will file this away as a favorite recipe.

  4. 5 stars
    We love these here in Factoryville, PA. I think I remember making these before and I believe I used your recipe because I remember the three sons as both our daughter and son have 4 sons each.

  5. 5 stars
    BEST candied pecans recipe !!!! I have made it many, many times and it is a family and friend’s favorite. I give jars of these as hostess gifts / Christmas gifts !!!

  6. 5 stars
    Made the mistake of making these. When my family found out they came over and it was like a feeding frenzy. Needless to say guess who is making these for the holidays.

  7. 5 stars
    My sons and grandsons say this is worse than drugs . We laugh about store in an airtight container for up to a month. Once they’ve cooled they’re gone!

  8. 5 stars
    Love these! My grandmother used to make them for every Christmas holiday. She also used peanuts instead of pecans. I like both.

  9. Mary Podraza

    5 stars
    These were exactly needed for the topping from my first attempt with your southern fried apple dessert that is its Thanksgiving dish to be shared by all.

    1. Leslie Maynard

      Hello I haven’t made these yet but I’m going to they look scrumptious