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Candied Pecans

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


  • 2 cups 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 pecan halves


***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. 


Calories: 375kcal