Candied Pecans are deliciously crunchy and decadent thanks to brown sugar, cinnamon, and a few other holiday spices. This recipe is lightning fast, kid-friendly, and a snap to make for a last-minute gifts or bake sales.

A paper cone filled with candied pecans.

All I want for Christmas is candied pecans that TASTE as good as they SMELL. Because sometimes that doesn’t happen!

Have you ever walked passed a street vendor in Chicago during the German Christkindlmarket peddling deliciously sweet and aromatic nuts? And then you buy them and eat them, and somehow inexplicably the nuts don’t taste nearly as good as they smelled?

Not today, folks. These candied pecans are the real deal. No broken dreams and empty promises here! Make some for your holiday snack board and maybe a few batches to give away to friends, teachers, and any nice neighbors.

Recipe ingredients:

Candied pecan ingredients labeled in bowls.

Ingredient notes:

  • Egg white: Beaten egg white acts as the “glue” for the spices and sugar on the nuts.
  • Pecans: Raw, unsalted, whole pecan halves work best for this recipe, as opposed to the smaller pecan pieces. I like to order nuts in bulk online for this project, because grocery store pecans can get a little pricey. Warehouse stores like Costco have affordable nuts, too, especially around the holidays.

Step-by-step instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees and lining a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Whisk the egg white in a bowl until frothy. Then stir in the brown sugar, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, salt, and vanilla.
    Candied pecan ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Pour in the nuts and gently toss until coated in the sugar and spices. Then spread the pecans evenly on the baking sheet.
    Candied pecans on a baking sheet.
  3. Bake at 325 degrees for 30 minutes, flipping the nuts occasionally, until they look dry. Cool completely before serving or bagging up as gifts.
    Candied pecans on a baking sheet.

Recipe tips and variations:

  • Yield: This recipe makes 1 pound of nuts (4 cups) , so double or triple as needed.
  • Storage: Store pecans out at room temperature in an air-tight container. They’ll be good for a week or so. They’ll keep in the fridge for at least 3 weeks.
  • Freezing: Candied nuts will keep in the freezer for 2 months.
  • Don’t over bake: Don’t let the pecans get too toasty in the oven. Keep your eyes peeled; when the nuts appear dry, they’re ready to take out.

3 paper cones filled with candied pecans.

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A paper cone filled with candied pecans.

Candied Pecans

Candied Pecans are deliciously crunchy and decadent thanks to brown sugar, cinnamon, and a few other holiday spices. This recipe is lightning fast, kid-friendly, and a snap to make for a last-minute gifts or bake sales.
4.5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Servings 16 servings
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Calories 214

Ingredients 

  • 1 egg white (see note 1)
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 cups pecans (1 pound, see note 2)

Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a medium bowl, whisk egg white until frothy.
  • Add brown sugar, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, salt, and vanilla extract. Stir until combined.
  • Add pecans and stir until all the nuts are coated. Pour onto prepared baking sheet in an even layer. Bake, flipping nuts occasionally, until coating is dry, about 30 minutes. Cool completely before serving.

Notes

  1. Egg white: Beaten egg white acts as the "glue" for the spices and sugar on the nuts. 
  2. Pecans: Raw, unsalted, whole pecan halves work best for this recipe, as opposed to the smaller pecan pieces. I like to order nuts in bulk online for this project, because grocery store pecans can get a little pricey. Warehouse stores like Costco have affordable nuts, too, especially around the holidays.
  3. Yield: This recipe makes 1 pound of nuts (4 cups) , so double or triple as needed.
  4. Storage: Store pecans out at room temperature in an air-tight container. They'll be good for a week or so. They'll keep in the fridge for at least 3 weeks.
  5. Freezing: Candied nuts will keep in the freezer for 2 months.
  6. Don't over bake: Don't let the pecans get too toasty in the oven. Keep your eyes peeled; when the nuts appear dry, they're ready to take out.

Nutrition

Serving: 0.25cupCalories: 214kcalCarbohydrates: 14gProtein: 3gFat: 18gSaturated Fat: 2gSodium: 42mgPotassium: 118mgFiber: 3gSugar: 11gVitamin A: 14IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 31mgIron: 1mg
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  1. While I love every recipe I have tried on your website (and I have made many!), this one is not my favorite. The seasonings leave the taste of a somewhat burned pecan. As much as I love your recipes, I think I prefer just cinnamon to season pecans. Everyone else loved them, so I still gave the recipe 4 stars.4 stars

    1. Thank you Barbara! I’m so sorry you didn’t care for them. Sometimes simpler is better! I’m glad everyone else liked them, though. – Meggan