Easy Candied Pecans
Easy Candied Pecans
Candied Pecans are a delightful balance of salty, sweet, and crunchy for topping desserts or salads. Pecan halves roast in the oven with simple ingredients for a fuss-free treat.


  • ½ cup granulated sugar (110g)
  • ⅓ cup packed light brown sugar (73g)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg white
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 pound pecan halves (450g)


  1. Preheat the oven to 300°F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a small bowl, stir together the sugar, cinnamon, and salt.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the egg white, water, and vanilla until very light and foamy, about 1 minute. Add the pecans and stir to coat.
  4. Sprinkle in the sugar mixture, then stir until the pecans are evenly coated. Spread out the coated pecans evenly in a single layer on the prepared sheet pan.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes, then stir the nuts. Continue baking until the pecans smell toasted and fragrant, and the coating is dry, about 15 minutes more. Let the nuts cool completely on the pan. (The sugar will harden as they cool). Break up any chunks of pecans and serve immediately or store them in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

Here is another take on this delicious treat!


  • 1 large egg white
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups pecan halves (225g)
  • ⅓ cup granulated sugar (66g)
  • ⅓ cup light brown sugar tightly packed, (70g)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon table salt
  • ¼-½ teaspoon allspice optional, see note


  1. Preheat oven to 250F (120C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper (see note).
  2. Combine egg white, water, and vanilla extract in a large bowl and whisk vigorously for 30 seconds (mixture should be foamy/frothy).
  3. Add pecans and stir until all pecans are coated in egg white.
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk together the sugars, cinnamon, salt, and allspice (if using).
  5. Pour the sugar mixture over the pecans and stir until completely combined.
  6. Spread nuts in an even layer onto prepared cookie sheet.
  7. Bake on 250F (150C) for 45-50 minutes, removing cookie sheet from oven every 15 minutes and using a spatula to stir/flip the pecans (be sure to stir ALL of the sugar mixture as well, or it may burn to the pan). When finished baking, pecans should all appear dry.
  8. After baking, allow to cool at least 15 minutes before enjoying.
  9. Store candied pecans in an airtight container at room temperature for up to two weeks.


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