This easy candied pecans recipe is the perfect blend of salty and sweet. These crunchy pecans are great for snacking on, gifting, sprinkling on salads, or topping ice cream.
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If you’ve ever wondered how to candy pecans, you’re in for a treat. They only take a couple minutes to prep, less than an hour in the oven, and then you’ll be snacking away. They’re a bit addictive.
Years ago I published my slow cooker candied almonds recipe and it has been a really popular post, especially around the holidays.
Without fail, I get asked “can I make these with pecans?”, “can I make these with cashews?”. The answer is yes. And here they are.
Maybe you’re used to buying them from Trader Joe’s (I don’t blame you, they’re good), but these are BETTER.
You’re going to have a hard time not eating the whole pan when they’re warm, straight from the oven.
They make an excellent gift if you bag them up into little treat bags, or just set them out on a table at a gathering.
Below is a list of the ingredients you’ll need to gather to make this recipe. Scroll all the way down for the full recipe card.
- Pecan Halves – Use unsalted, unless you like a sharp sweet/salty contrast. I like to buy pecan halves in bulk from Sam’s Club or Costco. They’re especially easy to find around the holidays but you can also order them.
- Egg White – You’ll whisk up an egg white to use as a binder for the sugars to the pecans. If you’re allergic, or vegan, you can whisk up aquafaba (chickpea juice) or I’m told flax seed will also work. Here are some alternatives.
- Vanilla Extract – I know that vanilla is pricey but using real instead of imitation really makes a difference. This is another one I always stock up on from Sam’s Club or Costco for a bit of a price break.
- Sugars – I use a mix of granulated white sugar and light brown sugar. You can use all white sugar, if you prefer.
- Cinnamon – For the best flavor, try to use a high quality cinnamon like ceylon.
- Salt – To balance the sweet, use a bit of salt. I like kosher salt but table salt works as well.
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You don’t need much to candy pecans – just a few kitchen staples. This recipe is for the oven but you can also make them in the slow cooker, it will make your house smell amazing, but it really isn’t any easier.
- Baking sheet – You’ll want a lipped baking sheet so your pecans don’t slide off and hit the floor.
- Mixing bowls – When I’m not using my classic glass mixing bowls, I love these with the grippy bottoms.
- Whisk – To froth up the egg white, you’ll need a whisk (or a fork if you don’t have one).
How to make candied pecans
- STEP ONE: To a small bowl, mix together the sugars, salt, and cinnamon. Then, to a medium bowl, whisk the egg white, vanilla extract, and water until frothy. Then, pour the pecans in and stir to evenly coat. Next, pour the sugar mixture over the pecans and stir to evenly coat again.
- STEP TWO: Pour the coated pecans onto a lipped baking sheet that has been lined with parchment paper or a silicone mat and spread them around so they’re in an even layer.
- STEP THREE: Bake in a preheated oven at 250°, for 50 minutes, stirring after the first 20 minutes.
- STEP FOUR: Remove from the oven and let set/chill. Once they’ve cooled down, break the pecans apart, if necessary, and serve!
Candied Pecans FAQs
Are glazed & candied pecans the same?
Nope, they’re not the same. Candied pecans, like we made here, use sugar and egg whites. Glazed pecans typically use brown sugar, corn syrup, and butter.
Why are my candied pecans sticky?
If your pecans are sticky, it is likely you didn’t let them cook long enough. Sugar has to get hot enough to get to that brittle, candied state so that it crisps up.
How to store them
Store candied pecans in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week. Longer than that, move them to the fridge for a couple weeks. Longer than that? Freeze them. I like to keep them in a ziplock bag and grab a handful every time I pass them…
Can I freeze them?
Yes, candied pecans will freeze really well. First let them cool completely then transfer them to an airtight container (a ziplock bag will work, just press out excess air), then place them in the freezer. They’ll keep frozen for a couple months.
How to serve them
Candied pecans are delicious straight out of the bowl as a snack or grazing food, but they’re also great in salad (like this Strawberry Spinach Salad).
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