Cinnamon Sugar Pecans (Candied Pecans)

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This homemade Cinnamon Sugar Pecans Recipe is easy to make with only 6 ingredients & is so much more delicious than the nuts from the mall or fair! Make a batch of candied pecans and use them a salad topper, enjoy as a sweet snack, or give away as holiday gifts.

Overhead view of a bowl of homemade Cinnamon Sugar Pecans

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 because you know there will be a free sample…

Well, these Homemade Cinnamon Sugar Pecans are better than those nuts you find at the mall or fair! They are so easy to make and have very few ingredients! The only wet ingredients for an entire batch  is 1 egg white and 1 tablespoon of vanilla! No butter! No oil! But definitely no sacrificing on taste.

This recipe has been a staple in my life for almost 20 years now. I always have these on hand. They’re freezer friendly, so you can make a batch, eat some warm from the oven, and freeze the rest to toss on salads or enjoy as a sweet snack.

They also make great gifts for friends and neighbors for the holidays (along with Christmas Cookies). Wrap them in a cute cellophane bag or mason jar and give your loved ones an extra special treat.

a bowl of Cinnamon Sugar Pecans

Cinnamon Sugar Pecans: Ingredients & Substitutions

  • Pecans. Use raw, unsalted pecans halves in this candied pecan recipe. I don’t recommend any substitutions. Check out my candied almonds or candied walnuts if you’d prefer to use different nuts.
  • Granulated Sugar. organic cane sugar is a good substitute. Readers have had success making a refined-sugar free version using coconut sugar.
  • Egg White. Use a large egg white to make these candied pecans. Remember, the size of your egg will effect the amount of pecans used.
  • Sea Salt. I only bake with pure, fine sea salt. If you only have iodized table salt, you will need to cut the amount of salt in half. 
  • Ground Cinnamon. Use a high-quality ground cinnamon for the absolute best flavor!
  • Vanilla extract. Please only use pure vanilla extract, no imitation! 
overhead view of the labeled ingredients in this candied cinnamon sugar pecans recipe

How to Make Homemade Cinnamon Sugar Pecans 

Like I’ve said before, these candied pecans are easy to make, but we will walk through the recipe step by step to ensure you success – and don’t forget to watch the video.

Combine Dry Ingredients

Begin by mixing together the sugar, sea salt and cinnamon in a small bowl, then set it aside. It’s important to thoroughly mix the dry ingredients so they are evenly distributed on the candied pecans.

two overhead photos showing how to make candied cinnamon sugar pecans - combining dry ingredients

Whisk Wet Ingredients

Use either a wire whisk or a hand mixer and beat the egg white and vanilla together until frothy. (You will notice in the video that the mixture is a little whiter, that is just because the egg white was beaten longer). You just need the wet mixture to be frothy, you do not want to beat the egg whites until they are stiff. 

two overhead photos showing how to make candied cinnamon sugar pecans - combining wet ingredients

Add Pecans

Next, add the pecans to the wet mixture and stir until thoroughly combined and coated. 

Note on the Amount of Pecans

Start by adding a little less than 4 cups of pecans to the wet mixture, and slowly add the rest to be sure there are no dry pecans and no wet mixture stuck to the sides of the bowl. The amount of nuts can vary slightly depending on the size of your egg white.

two overhead photos showing how to make candied cinnamon sugar pecans - stirring in pecans

Add Dry Ingredients

Next, stir in the dry ingredients until the pecans are evenly coated.

two overhead photos showing how to make candied cinnamon sugar pecans adding dry ingredients

Bake

The baking time, temperature and method is extremely important in this cinnamon sugar pecans recipe. 

  • Do not use parchment paper/foil Do bake these Homemade Cinnamon Sugar Pecans directly on the pan. When you stir the pecans, you need to reincorporate the cinnamon sugar “syruP” from the pan onto the nuts, and parchment paper/foil soaks up the liquid, which results in less coated nuts and a big old mess. You can use a silicone baking mat but it’s not necessary.
  • Do not adjust baking time. Bake at 250 for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes.  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.
two overhead photos showing how to bake candied cinnamon sugar pecans

Serve

You won’t be able to resist eating these candied pecans warm fresh from the oven. They are to die for and not only taste delicious, but they make your house smell like cinnamon-sugar heaven. Here are some serving suggestions:

a bowl of candied pecans

How to Store Cinnamon Sugar Pecans

This candied pecans recipe makes a large batch. I always make the full recipe and enjoy some, then store or freeze the rest for later. I like to have them on hand to pull out and use on salads.

Store them at room temperature in an airtight container (glass jar) for up to 2 weeks.

How to Freeze Candied Pecans

  1. Let the pecans cool completely.
  2. Transfer candied pecans to a freezer-friendly, airtight container. 
  3. Store in the freezer for up to 3 months. 
  4. Thaw at room temperature and enjoy. They thaw very quickly, and even taste great frozen.
up close overhead view of homemade Cinnamon Sugar Pecans in a bowl

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Cinnamon Sugar Pecans (Candied Pecans)

Laura
This homemade Cinnamon Sugar Pecans Recipe is easy to make with only 6 ingredients & is so much more delicious than the nuts from the mall or fair! Plus, these candied pecans are gluten & dairy-free & freezer-friendly! Make a batch, store them in the freezer and use as a salad topper or enjoy as a sweet snack!
4.97 from 66 votes
Course condiment, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 32 Servings
Calories 112
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time1 hour
Total Time1 hour 5 minutes

Ingredients 
 

Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 250 degrees F. Grease a large baking sheet. (Do not use parchment paper or foil. Bake directly on the greased pan).
  • In a small bowl, combine sugar, sea salt, and cinnamon, set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, whip egg white and vanilla with a until frothy (about 1 minute). Either whisk by hand or use a handheld mixer.
  • 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.
  • Once pecans are completely coated, sprinkle the dry ingredients over the pecans and stir until evenly distributed. Make sure to scrape any extra cinnamon sugar mixture off the sides and bottom of the bowl and incorporate it into the pecan.
  • Spread the pecans evenly on the prepared baking sheet.
  • Bake at 250 degrees F for 1 hour. Stir every 15 minutes (you will stir 3 times before removing from the oven).
  • Let cool or enjoy them warm.
  • Store in an airtight container at room temperature or in the freezer.

Video

Notes

*This recipe makes 4 cups of candied pecans. 
Please follow baking time exactly. Even if they seem done at 45 minutes do not skip the last 15 minutes of baking.
Ingredient Substitutions
  • Pecans. Use raw, unsalted pecans halves in this candied pecan recipe. I don’t recommend any substitutions. Check out my candied almonds if you’d prefer almonds.
  • Granulated Sugar. Regular granulated sugar and organic cane sugar are the two varieties I have used to make these cinnamon sugar pecans. Readers have had success making a refined-sugar free version using coconut sugar.
  • Egg White. Use a large egg white to make these candied pecans. Remember, the size of your egg will effect the amount of pecans used! 
  • Sea Salt. I only ever bake with pure, fine sea salt. If you only have iodized table salt, you will need to cut the amount of salt in half. 
  • Ground Cinnamon. Use a high-quality ground cinnamon for the absolute best flavor!
  • Vanilla extract. Please only use pure vanilla extract, no imitation! 
Store
Store candied pecans at room temperature in an airtight container (glass jar) for up to 2 weeks.
Freeze
  • Let the cinnamon sugar pecans cool completely.
  • Transfer candied pecans to a freezer-friendly, airtight container.
  • Store in the freezer for up to 3 months.
  • Thaw at room temperature and enjoy. They thaw very quickly, and even taste great frozen.

Nutrition

Serving: 2Tablespoons | Calories: 112kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Sodium: 74mg | Potassium: 54mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 7IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 0.3mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. 5 stars
    The only thing wrong with this recipe is once the pecans are done you can’t resist eating them all…LOL! Awesome, easy recipe that we will continue to make over and over.

    1. This is so true! I just finished making a batch and they are absolutely delicious. I even used half the sugar – still delicious.

  2. 5 stars
    I make these for a holiday bake sale every year, and they are always a hit. This recipe results in actual perfect candied pecans. Don’t change a thing!

  3. 4 stars
    Really good! Although I think next time I will double the cinnamon, cut the salt in half, and add a little of a nutmeg/allspice mix. Thank you for this recipe!!! It’s wonderful!! This is definitely become a fall tradition in my house!

  4. 5 stars
    I made them for a lettuce and fruit salad and they were delicious! And so easy to make. This recipe is definitely a keeper.

  5. 5 stars
    Best pecan recipe I’ve tried thus far!

    The coating is crispy, but at the same time, light. The sugar doesn’t come across as TOO SWEET, but it’s still sweet, crunchy, and delicious. It’s basically the perfect Christmastime snack. These definitely beat the $2.99 gas station candied pecans by FAR.

  6. My search for the perfect cinnamon pecan recipe has come to an end. These are absolutely wonderful – light and delicious! So yummy.