Candied Pecans




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Candied Pecans

Candied pecans are easy to make at home with just six ingredients and this simple recipe. They’re the best combination of sweet and salty, with delicious crunch in every bite. Fill up small jars to give as holiday gifts or keep some for yourself to sprinkle over salads or serve to guests.


How to Make Candied Pecans

You’ll find the full, step-by-step recipe below — but here’s a brief overview of what you can expect when you make these candied pecans:

1. Toss the pecans in the egg white-water mixture.
2. Add the cinnamon, sugar, and salt and toss to coat.
3. Bake the pecans, stirring once, in a preheated oven until the nuts are evenly browned.

How Can You Use Candied Pecans?

The better question: What can’t you do with candied pecans? Enjoy them as a snack, give them as a gift, add them to your seasonal salads, use them as an ice cream topping, or bake them into your next batch of pumpkin bread.

How Long Do Candied Pecans Last?

Store your candied pecans in an airtight container at room temperature for up to one week or in the refrigerator for up to three weeks. If you give them as a gift, be sure to include storage instructions.

Can You Freeze Candied Pecans?

Yes! These candied pecans freeze well. Arrange the cooled nuts in a single layer on a baking sheet, then place it in the freezer for at least a few hours or up to overnight. When they’re completely frozen, transfer them to zip-top freezer bags. Wrap each bag in foil. Freeze flat for up to two months. Thaw in the refrigerator.


  • ⅓ cup white sugar, or more to taste
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon salt, or more to taste
  • 1 large egg white
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 pound pecan halves


  1. Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F (120 degrees C).

  2. Mix sugar, cinnamon, and salt together in a small bowl.

  3. Whisk egg white and water together in a large bowl until frothy. Toss pecans in the egg white mixture to coat. Slowly pour in sugar mixture and stir until pecans are evenly coated. Spread onto a baking sheet.

  4. Bake in the preheated oven for 10 minutes. Stir pecans and rearrange into a single layer. Continue to cook, stirring every 10 to 15 minutes, until pecans are evenly browned, another 30 to 50 minutes.


Based on reviews, we've reduced the amount of sugar and salt in this recipe. The original recipe called for 1 cup white sugar and 1 teaspoon salt.

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