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Candied Pecans

Here's a foolproof and simple recipe for making delicious Candied Pecans! Package these pecans for a festive gift, add them to an appetizer/cheese board, or top your favorite salads/desserts with them. 
Course Dessert, Snack
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 32
Calories 256kcal
Author Chelsea


  • 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


  • 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.
  • Measure the white sugar, cinnamon, and salt into a large bowl. 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 use a slotted spoon to remove and transfer them into the bowl with the sugar mixture. Toss the 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 or until fully cool and solidify. 



***This recipe halves well***
Nutritional information is for a 2-ounce serving.


Calories: 256kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 76mg | Potassium: 122mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 17IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 1mg