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Simple sugared pecans are coated in a brown sugar and cinnamon mixture and then slow roasted until they are perfectly crunchy and candied.

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Candied Pecans

You can bet I make a Costco run and double or triple this recipe because candied nuts are so versatile! Here are just a few reasons I keep these in the freezer year-round:

  • I love to make candied nuts as appetizers or an easy dessert at holiday get-togethers.
  • You can also bag or box them up and hand them out as gifts.
  • Chop them up and serve them on salads or in yogurt

Ingredients and Substitutions

The list of ingredients needed for sugared pecans is pretty short. There are a few swaps that can be made to switch things up.

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  • Pecans. Pecans are perfect for coating with brown sugar and cinnamon, but so is pretty much every other nut! Try using walnuts or almonds too.
  • Brown sugar. I love the caramel flavor of brown sugar, but white sugar works well too.
  • Cinnamon and nutmeg. These add a little extra flavor to the pecans you can't beat. Out of either or looking to switch it up? Try ¾ teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice.
  • Egg white. Used to get the sugars and spices to cling and stay on the nuts. To get the volume you need to coat all the nuts, you'll need to whip the egg white until it's foamy. Egg substitute will not do this, so do not substitute it.

MONEY SAVING TIP: If you have a bulk store membership, consider buying your nuts there. In my area, they are regularly about 30% cheaper than grocery stores.

How to Make It

Make the sugar and spice combination: grab a small bowl and stir together the brown sugar, cinnamon, salt, and nutmeg. Set that mixture aside.

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Beat the egg white: In a medium sized bowl, add the egg white. Vigorously beat the egg with a whisk until it becomes foamy and triples in volume.

Coat the pecans: Add the pecans to the bowl with the egg white and toss the pecans to fully coat.

Add the sugar mixture: pour the sugar mixture over the pecans and stir them to coat with the sugar. Spray a large baking sheet with cooking spray and spread the coated pecans in an even layer.

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Cooking Time and Temperature

Roast the sugared pecans in a 250˚ Fahrenheit oven for a full hour. Stir the nuts every 15 minutes. Don't be tempted to shorten the time. The full hour is needed to get the brown sugar to really crisp and turn into a candy coating.

Remove them from the oven and allow them to cool on the pan for 10-15 minutes before serving or storing.


Store the candied nuts in an airtight container or bag in the fridge for up to 4 weeks.

To make these last longer, freeze them in a freezer bag for up to 3 months!

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Other Pecan Recipes You'll Love

  • Pumpkin Spice Muffins
  • Apple Cinnamon Chex Mix
  • Oatmeal Pecan Scones
  • Salted Caramel Apple Hand Pies

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Sugared Pecans

Easy sugared pecans are coated in a brown sugar and cinnamon mixture and then slow roasted until they are perfectly crunchy and candied.

5 from 5 votes

AUTHOR : Lauren


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Prep Time 5 minutes mins

Cook Time 1 hour hr

Cooling Time 10 minutes mins

Total Time 1 hour hr 15 minutes mins

Servings 16

Calories 226 kcal


  • cup brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • pinch nutmeg
  • 1 egg white
  • 4 cups pecan halves


  • PREP: Preheat the oven to 250˚F. Spray a cookie sheet with cooking spray and set aside.

  • MAKE SUGAR MIXTURE: In a small bowl, mix together the sugar, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg.

  • COAT THE NUTS: In a medium bowl, whisk the egg white until it is foamy. Add the pecans and toss to coat in the egg mixture. Add the sugar mixture to the nuts and toss again to coat with the sugar.

  • BAKE: Spread the nuts in an even layer on the baking sheet and bake in the prepared oven for 60 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes. Allow to cool for 10 minutes before serving or transferring to a container to store.


Serving: 0.25cupCalories: 226kcalCarbohydrates: 13gProtein: 3gFat: 20gSaturated Fat: 2gSodium: 66mgPotassium: 126mgFiber: 3gSugar: 10gCalcium: 10mgIron: 4mg

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  1. Diane

    These were perfect, I made 4 batches and put them in cute containers and gave them as Christmas gifts!


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Why are my candied pecans soggy? ›

If your pecans are soft, it's most likely because they weren't baked long enough and are still retaining moisture. The sugar needs to bake long enough to caramelize and form a brittle coating on the nuts.

How do you make candied pecans less sticky? ›

The pecans only take a few minutes to cook. If you walk away or don't stir constantly they could burn. The nuts will be sticky at first before they cool. If the glazed pecans remain sticky after cooling, transfer the baking sheet to a 325ºF oven for 5-15 minutes, or until they harden.

How long do candied pecans stay fresh? ›

How long will candied pecans keep? They will keep for up to two weeks in an airtight container at room temperature, at least three weeks in the refrigerator, or up to two months in the freezer. No matter where you store them, keep in a tightly sealed, airtight container.

Why do you soak pecans before roasting? ›

Wet pecans allow the salt to stick easily to the nuts. Plus, soaking nuts helps neutralize enzyme inhibitors, which can harm your digestion, and reduce phytates, which decrease nutrient absorption. Just submerge your nuts in water while the oven is heating up and you'll be good to go.

Why didn't my pecan candy harden? ›

If you beat too long, the candy will seize and start to crumble. If you don't beat it long enough, then pralines won't set properly and will stay soft and sticky. Work quickly to drop heaping tablespoons of pecan praline mixture onto the parchment paper-lined baking sheet.

Why are my candied nuts grainy? ›

Either you used raw nuts, or you added them before the sugar had a chance to fully caramelize. Why is the sugar all crystallized and grainy looking? It means that the sugar has crystallized before caramelizing. Avoid stirring it before it changes its color.

Why do you soak pecans in water? ›

"Essential nutrients like iron, protein, calcium, and zinc are better absorbed by the body when you soak the nuts. The water removes the phytic acid present in acids which causes indigestion. So, soaking nuts helps in digesting them properly and reaping the benefits of these nutrients.

Do candied pecans need to be refrigerated? ›

Store in a Cool, Dry Place

Keep your candied pecans away from sources of heat and moisture. This means avoiding storing them near your stove, dishwasher, or even on top of your refrigerator. Instead, store them in a cool pantry or cupboard.

How do you get the rancid taste out of pecans? ›

Bake the nuts for 10 minutes. Halfway through the baking time, shake the pan and flip the nuts to ensure that they toast evenly. Remove the nuts from the oven and let them cool. Use the nuts in another recipe or have them as a snack!

Can you reheat candied pecans? ›

REHEATING INSTRUCTIONS: To reheat, pop the pecans into an air fryer at 275°F for 5 to 10 minutes.

How long do pecans last in a ziplock bag? ›

Sealed plastic bags are best for storing pecans in the freezer. In-shell pecans can be stored in a cool, dry place for 6 to 12 months. They can be refrigerated up to 18 months and frozen for about three years.

Can pecans become rancid? ›

Because oil content in pecans is high, rancidity can develop at warm temperatures and is more noticeable than in most other nuts. Pecan oil is a mixture of several oils, although oleic and linoleic oils are the two principal ones, usually comprising about 95% or more of total oil.

Why do my toasted pecans taste bitter? ›

I started doing some research, and I found a little-known trick to making pecans taste sweeter: Soaking and rinsing the shelled nuts in lukewarm water before roasting removes the tannins and pieces of corky material that can cause pecans to taste bitter.

Why do people boil pecans? ›

Boiling pecans before cracking them can actually help prevent the shell from shattering. Here's how to boil them to loosen the shell but not cook the meat: ● Bring a large pot of water to a gentle boil ● Add the pecans and let cook for 10-15 minutes ● Drain and let cool ● Get to cracking!

What is the best temperature to roast pecans? ›

Your oven is also a great tool for toasting pecans. For this method, preheat an oven to 350 degrees F. Spread the nuts evenly onto a rimmed baking sheet and bake until they begin to brown and become aromatic, making sure to toss halfway through, 7 to 10 minutes.

How do you fix soggy nuts? ›

Just toasting them in a dry pan or oven should be enough to revive them, but they'll also go in any recipe that requires nuts. We got through most of ours by toasting them with spices, to eat as nibbles or to add crunch to soups, stews and salads.

What if candied nuts are too soft? ›

If your candied pecans are soft, it is likely because the sugar syrup coating has not completely hardened. The syrup may still be wet, or it may have started to crystalize. If the syrup is still wet, you can try putting the nuts in the oven for a few minutes to help the syrup harden.

How do you dry wet pecans? ›

Pecans often contain excessive moisture when they first fall. The nuts should be dried before they are put in storage. Drying can usually be accomplished by placing the pecans in a shallow layer in a warm, dry area for two weeks. Adding fans and heat can speed drying.

Why are my candied walnuts soft? ›

Let the candied nuts cool for at least 20 minutes or until completely cool. You don't want to package warm nuts or the moisture will cause condensation which will soften the candy coating.

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