Homemade Candied Pecans
Learn how easy it is to make your own candied pecans with just a few simple ingredients. This is the best homemade candied pecan recipe you will ever try and it’s perfect for giving as a gift to friends and family!
*Post and pictures updated June 2020*
Have you ever tried making candied pecans? My husband and I used to love buying the bags of candied pecans, but I was never a fan of how pricey they were for such a small bag.
A couple of years ago I decided to take matters into my own hands and learn how to make my own. And let me tell you, they’re so simple to make right at home! You will love this simple candied pecan recipe because it’s:
- Incredibly easy to make
- Only uses a few simple ingredients
- Super delicious!
You also get way more candied pecans with this recipe for a fraction of the cost. And since this recipe makes quite a bit, it’s perfect for giving as gifts to friends and family during the holidays too.
For this easy candied pecan recipe, you’ll need just six simple ingredients. Let’s break down each ingredient:
- Egg White: I prefer to use an egg white to help the cinnamon sugar coating adhere to the pecans. You can use the leftover egg yolk in an omelet or another recipe like my small batch chocolate chip cookies.
- Water: Just one tablespoon of water is whisked together with the egg white until frothy.
- Pecan Halves: You will be using 4 cups of pecan halves which comes out to about 1 pound.
- Granulated Sugar: To help add some sweetness to the candied pecans!
- Cinnamon & Salt: There’s a couple of teaspoons of ground cinnamon for extra flavor as well as some salt to balance out the sweetness of the sugar.
How To Make Candied Pecans
Once you’ve gathered all of your ingredients it’s time to prepare your candied pecans! To start, you’ll preheat your oven to 300°F (150°C) and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper, add the pecan halves to a large bowl and set aside.
Next, you’ll whisk together an egg white with one tablespoon of water until it’s nice and frothy like the picture above. Then, pour the frothy egg white mixture over your pecan halves and stir well until all of the pecans are coated in the egg white mixture.
Once the pecans are coated, set them aside and whisk together the granulated sugar, ground cinnamon, and salt until well combined. Pour the cinnamon sugar mixture over the pecans and mix until they’re all coated.
Then, spread the pecans out into an even layer on your baking sheet and bake them for 45 minutes, stirring the pecans every 15 minutes to ensure that they bake evenly. Once they’re done, remove them from the oven and let them cool completely on the baking sheet so that they can firm up.
How long do they keep?
You can store them in an airtight container at room temperature for up to one week. While it’s not necessary to store candied pecans in the refrigerator, if you need to store them longer than one week, then I recommend refrigerating them.
Can you freeze them?
Yes! These will freeze just fine for up to 3 months. I recommend storing them in an airtight container or freezer bag. When you’re ready to enjoy them, simply place them on the counter for a few hours so that they can come to room temperature.
- Once you add the cinnamon sugar mixture, stir everything together really well to ensure that all of the pecans are coated.
- Make sure to remove the pecans from the oven and stir every 15 minutes to ensure that they bake evenly.
- The pecans will be soft as soon as they come out of the oven, this is normal! Once they cool completely they will firm up and be nice and crunchy.
More Easy Pecan Recipes!
Homemade Candied Pecans
- 4 cups (1 pound) pecan halves
- 1 large egg white
- 1 tablespoon (15 ml) water
- 1 cup (200 grams) granulated sugar
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Preheat the oven to 300°F (150°C). Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
- Add the pecans to a large mixing bowl and set aside. Add the egg white and water to a separate bowl and whisk together until well combined and frothy. Pour the egg white mixture onto the pecans and stir until all of the pecans are fully coated.
- In another bowl, whisk together the sugar, cinnamon, and salt. Pour the cinnamon sugar mixture over the pecans and stir until all of the pecans are fully coated.
- Spread the pecans onto the prepared baking sheet in a single layer. Bake at 300°F (150°C) for 45 minutes, stirring the pecans every 15 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely on the baking sheet.
Lightly adapted from All Recipes
Ahhh girl! Could our minds be any more in sync?? I just finished perfecting a candied pecans recipe yesterday too! I SO need to try your recipe now, because seriously: These look absolutely addicting and you’ve just given me a craving! 😉
How funny! We are definitely on the same wavelength! Can’t wait to see your recipe 🙂
I adore candied pecans! These look delicious!
These look like a perfect easy snack to whip up for holiday parties! The sweet cinnamon and sugar coating sounds delicious!
There is nothing better during the holidays than Candied Pecans! I will be whipping up a batch of these to go with my christmas cookie plates!!
Yay! Hope you enjoy them, Mariah 🙂
Ooooh yum! I’ve made candied walnuts and they were so easy and SO yummy! I need to make some more candied nuts for the holidays. They’re such a great gift idea! 🙂
Oh I definitely need to try candied walnuts next, they sound delicious too!
Candied pecans are my favorite! I haven’t made them in forever, so you are remeinding me that this needs to channge .This would make a perfect gift too, if I don’t eat them all before I give them away! 🙂
These look like an amazing addition to salads or just a snack! Yum 🙂
Definitely perfect on salads, I completely forgot to even mention that! Thanks, Medha 🙂
Oh I really want to try these this Christmas! They are such a great little snack and I’m not really a big fan of plain nuts. Candied nuts sound amazing! Plus they’re a gluten free treat for family which is always helpful!
They are sooo good! Thanks, Ashley!
These look so addictively delicious! I love candied nuts especially during the holidays! They make the perfect snacks to munch on while watching all the classic Christmas movies 🙂
Definitely perfect for Christmas movies too 😉
These candied pecans look absolutely delicious. Perfect for snacking!
Looks perfect! And a much cheaper alternative. Probably taste better, too!
This couldn’t have popped up at a better time. We’ve gathered about 10 lbs. (yes, TEN POUNDS) of pecans from the trees around the house – perfect recipe!
Yay! Hope you enjoy the recipe, this is definitely a perfect way to use those pecans 🙂
ONCE THE PECANS ARE FULLY COATED WITH THE EGG MIXTURE DO YOU COAT THEM WITH THE SUGAR MIXTURE IN WITH THE EGG MIXTURE OR NO PLEASE LET ME KNOW
You fully coat the pecans with the egg mixture, then add the sugar mixture. The egg mixture goes on first to help the sugar stick to the pecans.
Making them right now for my mil! Made them for Thanksgiving
They were a big hit! Thanks?
So glad to hear that, Kim! 🙂
Can you use this exact recipe for almonds?!
I actually haven’t tried it yet, but I think it may work.
These are really easy, however I followed the recipe exact but half of them got burnt. They still tasted really good though, will be making these again!
So sorry to hear that, Nicole! Did you make sure to stir them a few times? If so, have you checked your oven temp with an oven thermometer? I’m glad they still turned out okay for you!
I made these but I put more cinnamon in my sugar because I like like cinnamon. I also used 2 egg whites because one wasn’t coating all of the nuts. This is a very good recipe and easy to make. Thanks!
A little extra cinnamon never hurts! So glad you liked the candied pecans 🙂
Delicious! Made these to go on a cheeseball, but there’s plenty left for snacking and sharing too. I used a spicy (Vietnamese) cinnamon to give them just a little bite. YUM!
Love the idea of using these on a cheeseball, Lorrie!
Easy and awesome! Everyone loved them will make again!
Glad you liked the candied pecans, Mitch!
These were easy to make and easy! Best of all they are awesome!
This is one of my favorite recipes, Susanne. I’m glad you liked them! 🙂
Wanting some candied pecans for salads, I found your recipe on Pinterest. Just prepared it, and the pecans are cooling. Of course, we sampled a few and they’re delicious! Thanks for sharing this easy, tasty recipe.
Glad you liked the candied pecans, Ann! I always have to sample a few once they cool off a little too 🙂
Wondering if these could be made spicy instead of candied? Have no idea how to make that happen. Any ideas?
I haven’t tried it, so I’m not quite sure.
I’m planning on making candied pecans for my Christmas tins that I give to friends and family. I’ve been looking at several recipes and I like yours the best but I was wondering what the difference is when you put 1/2 the sugar and 1/2 brown sugar? I’ve seen it in some recipes and was wondering what difference it makes. Giving 5 stars because your recipe looks the best, will let you know how they turn out.
Hi, Sandie! I think some people like to use brown sugar because it has a slightly different flavor than just granulated sugar. I don’t personally notice much of a difference though.
I am going to do this recipe with almonds, walnuts and pecans. But I am looking for a recipe for pecans using teriyaki sauce instead of cin amon sugar mix. I had a recipe from an aunt in North Carolina, which i had lost, and she has passed away ,would you happen to have one? Iif you do please email me it.
I’ve never tried them with a teriyaki sauce. Sorry, Jeanne.
They store for a looong time in a Mason jar in the fridge.
These are the BEST. I use a whole tablespoon of cinnamon, and add a bit of vanilla sugar as well. Fantastic! And SO ADDICTIVE!
Wonderful recipe and so simple to prepare. I’ve made a few batches for gifts. They’ve been a hit. Thank you!
I have to admit that my son made these for Christmas gift jars and they were a huge hit! He passed it on to me because I loved them! I’m now making my own! Thanks for the recipe! ?❤️?
Made these yesterday for my daughter, she is a picky eater and needs high calorie and high fat gram foods to gain weight. She didn’t seem to thrilled, however my husband came home from work and ate them all in one sitting. I tasted a few myself and they were the best sugar craving mouth pleasing thing I’ve had in a long time. I was told that I could make these anytime! Thanks for the great recipe! Easy to follow and wonderful to eat.
Any substitute for egg whites to make it vegan?
I haven’t tried it, but something like aquafaba may work.