Fun fact: Before blogging was a thing (or before I knew it was a thing), Ritch and I used to take pictures of our recipes and submit them to allrecipes.com. We had so much fun doing it! I would get so excited when our pictures won "photo of the day" or when they were chosen as the key photo for very popular recipes. The picture above was taken 7 years ago! I adapted this recipe to make the one I'm sharing with you today, and submitted this picture. It's been the key photo ever since! Ahhh the little things!

You know when you’re walking through the mall and you smell something amazing? You look around and realize that the heavenly aroma is coming from a glazed nut stand…so you casually  walk by it to see if they’re giving away samples…Oh? Free sample? Well I guess I could…. 😉

These Cinnamon Sugar Pecans are better than mall-cart nuts! They are so easy to make and have very few ingredients! This recipe has been a staple in my life for about 9 years now.  I always have these on hand. Always. I make a batch, eat some and freeze the rest. Then I just grab a handful out of the freezer and toss on salads or have as a little treat! 🙂

Cinnamon Sugar Pecans Recipe! Made with only 6 simple ingredients, these pecans are WAY better than mall cart nuts! Plus, they're gluten & dairy-free!

The only wet ingredients for an entire batch of these Cinnamon Sugar Pecans is 1 egg white and 1 TBS vanilla! No butter! No oil! But definitely NO sacrificing on taste! You just whip them together with a whisk until it gets frothy and a little thick.

The dry ingredient list is short too…sugar, salt, and cinnamon! I use regular organic sugar for these, but if you try a non-refined variety report back and let me know!

Cinnamon Sugar Pecans Recipe! Made with only 6 simple ingredients, these pecans are WAY better than mall cart nuts! Plus, they're gluten & dairy-free!

Cinnamon Sugar Pecans: Method 

You want to be sure the pecans are evenly coated with the egg/vanilla mixture. Start by adding a little less than 4 cups of nuts, and slowly add the rest to be sure there are no dry pecans. The amount of nuts can vary slightly depending on the size of your egg white…so be careful!

After all the pecans are thoroughly coated with the wet mixture,  sprinkle on the dry ingredients, mixing as you go.  Spread them evenly on a greased baking pan. It’s important you do NOT use any parchment paper or aluminum foil, and that you DO bake these directly on the pan. When you stir the pecans you want to be able to reincorporate the syrupy goodness from the pan onto the nuts, and parchment paper soaks up the liquid and makes a big mess.

Cinnamon Sugar Pecans Recipe! Made with only 6 simple ingredients, these pecans are the best! Plus, they're gluten & dairy-free!

Bake at 250 for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes. Please do NOT adjust baking time. Even if they seem done after 45 minutes…the extra 15 minutes gives these Cinnamon Sugar Pecans the perfect crispiness that’s retained even after freezing.

Cinnamon Sugar Pecans Recipe! Made with only 6 simple ingredients, these pecans are the best! Plus, they're gluten & dairy-free!

Ta-Da! You definitely should eat some while they’re warm! My husband is like a moth to a flame when he smells these Cinnamon Sugar Pecans fresh from the oven! 🙂

Cinnamon Sugar Pecans: Substitutions

I absolutely do not recommend any substitutions in this recipe! My sincerest apologies to all my friends out there  who can’t bring yourselves to follow recipes to a “T,” but this one is not to be tampered with! 😉

Cinnamon Sugar Pecans Recipe! Made with only 6 simple ingredients, these pecans are WAY better than mall cart nuts! Plus, they're gluten & dairy-free!

Cinnamon Sugar Pecans

1 hour, 10 minutes

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees F. Grease a large baking sheet. (Do NOT use parchment paper or foil. Bake directly on the greased pan)!
  2. In a large mixing bowl, whip egg white and vanilla with a whisk until frothy.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine sugar, salt, and cinnamon, set aside.
  4. Add pecans to wet mixture 1 cup at a time, stirring to coat the nuts evenly. Depending on the size of your egg white you may use slightly more or less than 4 cups pecans. Just make sure all nuts are well coated before adding more.
  5. Once pecans are completely coated, add in the dry ingredients and mix until the nuts are evenly coated.
  6. Spread the pecans evenly on the prepared baking sheet.
  7. Bake at 250 degrees F for 1 hour. Stir every 15 minutes (you will stir 3 times before removing from the oven).
  8. Smell the air and try not to burn your mouth eating them straight from the oven!

Notes

Please follow baking time exactly. Even if they seem done at 45 minutes do not skip the last 15 minutes of baking. I bake these, let them cool, then toss them in a ziploc bag and put them in the freezer. Then when I want to use them on salads I take a handful out of the freezer and use!

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Cinnamon Sugar Pecans Recipe! Made with only 6 simple ingredients, these pecans are WAY better than mall cart nuts! Plus, they're gluten & dairy-free!

Fun fact: Before blogging was a thing {or before I knew it was a thing}, Ritch and I used to take pictures of our recipes and submit them to allrecipes.com. We had so much fun doing it! I would get so excited when our pictures won “photo of the day” or when they were chosen as the key photo for very popular recipes.

The picture above was taken 7 years ago! I adapted this recipe to make these Cinnamon Sugar Pecans that I’m sharing with you today, and submitted this picture. It’s been the key photo ever since! Ahhh the little things!

Cinnamon Sugar Pecans Recipe! Only 6 ingredients and so easy to make! No butter or oil! Dairy-free, & gluten-free!

We love eating these as a special little dessert! Try them warm over ice cream or just plain!

Do you love those mall cart nuts?! Would you be willing to make your Cinnamon Sugar Pecans at home?!

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Cinnamon Sugar Pecans Recipe! Made with only 6 simple ingredients, these pecans are WAY better than mall cart nuts! Plus, they're gluten & dairy-free!