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 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:
- granulated sugar
- brown sugar
- ground cinnamon
- pecans halves
- egg white
- vanilla extract
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.
Questions and Tips:
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.
What Else Can You Add To Homemade Candied Pecans?
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.
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.
Easy Candied Pecans Recipe
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup light brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 16 ounces unsalted pecan halves about 4 cups
- 1 egg white
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon water
- 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.