Candied Pecans

Candied Pecans are literally the most addicting snack! A sweet coating with just the right amount of spice that’s perfect for all your parties and holiday gatherings!

Simple to make appetizer recipes like these sweet pecans are what everyone needs in their back pocket for parties! Make a batch of Homemade Guacamole and grab a bunch of chips and the apps are done!

Candied pecans in a bowl with napkin

Candied Pecan Recipe

Need a quick snack or appetizer that you can also make a day or two in advance? These Candied Pecans are the answer! All you need is about 30 minutes, some sugar and a bag of pecans and you’re on your way to the most addicting pecans you’ve ever had.

You can switch up the spices in this pecan recipe really easily, too. Want them to have a little more heat? Add another dash of cayenne pepper to spice them up. Maybe add a pinch of fresh grated nutmeg for a cozier feel? Totally up to you, you know your crowd so make them however you like!

How Do You Make Candied Pecans?

Start by grabbing a bag of whole pecans. You’re going to need 3 cups for this recipe so about a 14 ounce bag will do. A little more or less is also going to be just fine.

pecans coated in sugar and egg white for candied pecan recipe

Add the nuts to a bowl and toss them in an egg white that’s been beaten with a splash of water and vanilla extract. Make sure that all the nuts are coated very well, this is what’s going to keep the sugar sticking on to the pecans.

Now toss the pecans in granulated sugar, brown sugar, salt, cinnamon and cayenne pepper until the are well coated in the sugar mixture. Spread the nuts onto a baking sheet that’s been lined with parchment paper and bake for 30 minutes.

Candied Pecans on a spatula

Make sure that you toss the pecans once in between the cooking time, so after 15 minutes, pull them out and toss them around. You want the sugars to caramelize on all sides of the pecans, so tossing them is an important step!

After the pecans come out of the oven, let them cool completely on the baking sheet. Once the nuts have cooled you can then transfer them to a bowl for serving, a container or a resealable bag to keep them fresh.

Candied Pecans in a white and black bowl

Can You Make Candied Pecans Ahead Of Time?

Definitely! If you’re making Candied Pecans for a party or holiday, you can easily make them a day or two ahead of time and keep them in an air tight container. These nuts will stay fresh for a a week or so on the counter top, or a couple of weeks in the refrigerator.

After that, you can pop them in the freezer and enjoy them when you want a quick snack!

Pecan recipe with a sweet sugar coating

Can You Freeze Candied Pecans?

Absolutely! Make these candied pecans, let them cool completely and then store them in a freezer bag or container. Let them defrost at room temperature and serve! These nuts will last for a couple of months in the freezer (if not longer) so go ahead and make a double or triple batch!

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Candied pecans in a bowl with napkin

Candied Pecans

  • Author: Dan
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x

Candied Pecans are coated with a sweet glaze that makes them so addicting! Add just a hint of spice and you have the tastiest snack ever!



  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • 3 cups whole pecans


  1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees. Mix the sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, salt and cayenne pepper in a bowl and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk the egg white together with the vanilla extract and water. Add the pecans and toss well to make sure all the nuts are coated in the egg white mixture.
  3. Pour the sugar mixture over the nuts and toss so that the sugar is coating all the nuts completely. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment and bake for 30 minutes, tossing the nuts once in between cooking time.
  4. Let the pecans cool completely on the baking sheet and then store in a container for up to a week at room temperature. (*See Note)

Recipe Notes

These candied pecans will stay fresh for a few weeks of you keep them in the refrigerator, and up to a few months if you freeze them!

  • Category: Appetizers
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: mantitlement, candied pecans, nut recipes, snack recipes, game day food, holiday recipes, easy recipes, candied nuts, glazed pecans


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