Candied Pecans Recipe {Free Printable}

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A foolproof and simple recipe to making delicious candied pecansPackage these pecans up for a festive gift, add them to an appetizer/cheese board, or top your favorite salads/desserts with them. 

Up close photo of a jar or candied pecans with red ribbon around the jar

Candied Pecans

From garnishing desserts to topping salads, candied pecans show up frequently on this site! I’m completely obsessed with them and they add such a great element to so many dishes. Plus they are so simple to make — you’ll be amazed how quickly they come together.

Read on for the process of how to make candied pecans!

Process shots of candied pecans recipe -- egg white mixture and pecans

How do you make caramelized pecans:

  • Whisk: egg whites, vanilla, and water together until frothy (see picture above)
  • Toss: add pecans to the frothy egg mixture.
  • Stir: combine the sugar, cinnamon, and salt 
  • Toss again: once again, toss the pecans in this mixture until they’re all evenly coated
  • Bake: spread the pecans on a sheet pan and bake, flipping every 15 minutes.

You’ll notice we’re adding a few ingredients to these pecans and baking them, so these pecans won’t have quite the shelf life that plain pecans have.

How long do candied pecans last?

At room temperature (70 degrees F) these candied pecans last up to 2 weeks. In a sealed and airtight container in a dark/cool area, these candied pecans can last up to 45 days.

Can you freeze candied pecans?

If you opt to freeze these pecans, they do quite well in a freezer at 0 degrees F. To freeze: store in an airtight container and freeze for up to 2 months.

process shots for how to make candied pecans -- showing the pecans being mixed in egg whites and sugar mixture being stirred

I’ve found baking candied pecans in the oven always yields the best and most consistent results, but you can use the stovetop in a pinch.

How do you make candied pecans on the stove?

  • Combine 1/4 light brown sugar, 1/4 cup white sugar, 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon, a pinch of salt, and 2 tablespoons water in a large skillet. Whisk to combine and stir over medium heat until the sugar is dissolved and the mixture is bubbling.
  • Stir in 1 cup of pecan halves and toss to coat in the sugar. Cook for an additional 2-3 minutes, stirring constantly and watching carefully.
  • Remove the pecans from the heat and pour over a large sheet pan lined with parchment paper. Use a spoon to quickly separate the pecans a bit.
  • Let pecans cool completely and enjoy!

process shot showing candied pecans being stirred in a large bowl and then placed on a large tray

For a cute way to package this candied pecans recipe: 

Click to download the FREE Sugared Nuts Printable

  1. To use this printable: purchase Kraft (brown) sticker paper at Office Max/Staples/Amazon. HERE is the exact package I used.
  2. Save the free printable above to your computer.
  3. Print off the “Sugared Nuts Printable”.
  4. Attach the stickers to the side of a mason jar. Place the cooled nuts into the jar, seal up the jar, and then tie some twine/ribbon around the jar.
  5. Gift away!

Mason jar filled with candied pecans

I love adding these candied pecans to the following dishes/desserts:

Desserts:

Savory:

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Candied Pecans

5 from 3 votes
A foolproof and simple recipe to making delicious candied pecans! Package these pecans up for a festive gift, add them to an appetizer/cheese board, or top your favorite salads/desserts with them. 
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Candied Pecans

5 from 3 votes
A foolproof and simple recipe to making delicious candied pecans! Package these pecans up for a festive gift, add them to an appetizer/cheese board, or top your favorite salads/desserts with them. 
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword candied pecans, candied pecans recipe, how to candy pecans
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 2 pounds candied pecans
Calories 375kcal
Author Chelsea

Ingredients

  • 2 cups (404g) white sugar OR: 1 cup white sugar and 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 2 pounds (907g) pecan halves

Instructions

***This recipe halves well***

  • Preheat oven to 250 degrees F. Line an extra large sheet pan (or 2 sheet pans) with parchment paper (or a silpat liner) and set aside.
  • In a large bowl combine the white sugar, cinnamon, and salt. Stir to combine.
  • In another bowl, whisk the egg whites, vanilla, and water together until frothy. Toss pecans in the egg white mixture and then remove from that bowl using a slotted spoon into the bowl with the sugar mixture. Toss pecans in the sugar mixture until well coated. Spread coated pecans onto a baking sheet. Pecans shouldn't be overlapping
  • Bake in the preheated oven, stirring every 15 minutes, until pecans are evenly browned, about 45 minutes to an hour. Let stand for 30 minutes to an hour to fully cool and solidify. 

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Nutrition Facts

Calories: 375kcal

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21 Comments

  1. These sugared nuts sound fantastic, Chelsea! I love that you made them in the slow cooker. I’ve made a similar version, but only in the oven. And I love your printable! Such a fun idea. Can’t wait to see what else you have in store for this month!

  2. Those printables are the CUTEST and these nuts look downright dangerous. I love love that they’re done completely in the crock-pot! I love making candied nuts, but I don’t always appreciate all the time it takes to bake them. Problem solved! These look fabulous. 😀

  3. Oh my gosh Chelsea – great minds think alike! I’ve been doing the same thing (prepping for gifts for Christmas with custom printables). I haven’t shared them with my readers (pretty much doing it for me), but this is such a fantastic idea to share with your readers! And, I love the printables! You did a great job – they’re so cute! And these nuts? I would totally love these as a gift! Pinned!

  4. haha oh gosh I’m such a planner too – I’ve had a running list on my computer for christmas gift ideas since the summer 🙂 so I can totally appreciate this!

    I love giving sugared nuts – these look deeelicious!

  5. This is AMAZING!!!!!!!! I’ve been following your blog for the past month or two, and have made at least 5-6 recipes that I absolutely LOVE!

    For this recipe do you know if doubling or tripling would work with the same method? I am making HUGE batches to give out to several family members and friends, but don’t want to waste ingredients if the recipe doesn’t work well with more nuts, etc.

    Thank you!

  6. 5 stars
    Wow! Just made a batch of these, they are delicious! I made them for gifts for neighbors but my husband is probably going to have them all ate before I package them up. Thanks for the recipe!!

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