Candied Pecans

Candied Pecans - So easy and incredibly addictive!

When I’m craving a snack, I usually grab one of three things, nuts, fruit or chocolate. I love the crunchiness of nuts, the refreshing taste of fruit and of course the sweet flavor of chocolate. Today, I share with you one easy and incredibly additive snack – Candied Pecans.

The candied pecans only take about 5 minutes to prep and then another hour or so to bake in the oven. They are crunchy with a touch of cinnamon-sugar flavor. They are so good that I have a hard time sharing them. I would be perfectly content to keep the whole batch to myself. I like to keep them around the house and grab a few for a snack. It only takes a few to satisfy my sweet tooth, but it is incredibly difficult to resist eating more.

These would be great to serve at a holiday party or just to have around the house when your sweet tooth is calling. I found the small gold polka dot food favor bags you see in the picture towards the end of the post at Michaels. They are perfect for packaging some of the candied pecans and serving at a holiday party or even as a party favor. Even after the holidays, the candied pecans make a great snack all year round.

And if you are looking for some new baking sheets to make the candied pecans, head over to my post here to enter to win a $50 gift card to Williams Sonoma.

Candied Pecans - So easy and incredibly addictive!

Candied Pecans - So easy and incredibly addictive!

Candied Pecans - So easy and incredibly addictive!

Candied Pecans - So easy and incredibly addictive!

Candied Pecans
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  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 egg whites
  • 2 tbsp. water
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 lb. pecan halves


  1. Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the sugar, cinnamon and salt. Stir to mix.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk the egg whites, water, and vanilla. Add pecans and toss evenly to coat. Pour sugar mixture over pecans and stir to coat. Spread pecans on baking sheet and cook for one hour, stirring them every 15 minutes. Remove from oven and cool to room temperature.


Candied pecans can be stored in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

Source: adapted from Kevin and Amanda


  1. Natalie @ Tastes Lovely

    So pretty and tasty. I love candied nuts on top of salads too. What if you combined your 3 favorite snacks and used these to make a sweet version trail mix with dried fruits and chocolate chips. Yum!

    • Ashley

      Oh yes, I love them on top of salads. And a trail mix sounds like a wonderful idea!

    • Ashley

      Me too, Christin. I actually made these candied pecans because I was craving a salad 🙂

  2. Meghan @ Spoonful of Flour

    These pecans look like the perfect holiday snack, I know I would have a hard time keeping my hand out of the bowl!

    • Ashley

      Every time I walk by the container, I grab a few. They are so addicting!

  3. Amy @ Homey Oh My!

    LOVE candied pecans. I was at a dinner last night that had a pomegranate goat cheese and candied pecan salad. Hate to say I took helpings with a higher pecan to salad ratio, but that’s how I like it :). Gorgeous packaging and display by the way!

    • Ashley

      Oh my, Amy, that salad sounds delicious! Can you believe that I actually haven’t had any pomegranates yet this season. Now I am craving one so I will have to make a salad for dinner tomorrow.

  4. Kelly

    I love candied pecans, they are so tasty and addictive! These look so good Ashley, just want to grab a big handful:)

    • Ashley

      I wish I could share with you 🙂

    • Ashley

      They don’t last long in my house either 🙂

  5. Zainab @ Blahnik Baker

    Pass the entire bowl please!! These will last just one episode of scandal. To be exact. Oh and a glass of wine heheh.

    • Ashley

      A glass of wine and Scandal with these pecans sounds fabulous. Can you believe that I have never seen Scandal? I’m worried about getting sucked in so I haven’t watched it yet.

  6. Kim (Feed Me, Seymour)

    These are my all-time most favorite treat on the planet! When I was a kid and we used to go to Disney World, we’d always grab some from one of the vendor carts. So I love seeing this easy, homemade rendition!

    • Ashley

      I love all the yummy snacks they have at Disney. I can picture exactly what you are talking about, walking down Main Street in the Magic Kingdom with a paper cone full of pecans. These are just as delicious!

  7. two birds

    wow, these look so good. i have never made my own before. i actually love these in salads!

    • Ashley

      You should definitely try them, they are so easy to make!

  8. Ashley

    I LOVE candied pecans – they are so freakin’ addictive though! haha Perfect for gift giving. Or just snacking or for using for topping salads … my fav!

  9. Dina

    i’d like to put these on some vanilla ice cream!

    • Ashley

      That sounds amazing, Dina!

  10. Monica

    Lovely! I made some candied almonds last year and it was so easy and fun, and made great little hostess gifts. I could easily pick at this and eat a big bowl. : )

  11. Anne ~ Uni Homemaker

    These look wonderful Ashley! I adore candied pecans. I had no idea they were so simple to make. I buy the ones from Trader Joe’s for snacking! 😀 Thanks for sharing this recipe with us. Have a great weekend!

  12. Joanne

    I reach for nuts all the time for snacks! All the better if they are candied. YUM.

  13. Amy @ Elephant Eats

    I can’t make candied pecans, because I WILL eat the whole batch. These would be no exception…they look so so good!!!

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  15. Julie @ This Gal Cooks

    Ah yes, pecans! My favorite nut. I make something similar to this but I add some cinnamon to the mix. It’s so good. Pecans made like this are so hard to resist! Thanks for sharing at Marvelous Mondays, Ashley.

  16. Julie

    Making these now.. Cant wait to eat them!

    • Ashley

      I hope that you love them, Julie!

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  22. Ann

    I haven’t eaten any candied pecans in years. This recipe was easy and delicious! Thank you for sharing:)

    • Ashley

      Hi, Ann! I am glad that you loved them. Enjoy!

  23. Carey

    Hi Ashley!! I think I have a mental hang-up that these ingredients should include some brown sugar. Any reason I couldn’t substitute 1/2 the white sugar for brown sugar??

    • Ashley

      Hi Carey! I’ve never tested this recipe with brown sugar but if you want to try it, go for it! Let me know how it turns out.

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