Candied Pecans


With the holidays coming up I am anticipating being ambushed at work with Holiday Cookie Exchanges in every department.

I kind of like to go against the grain.  If everyone is baking cookies then why not bring it something a little different right?

These pecans are first given an egg white bath and then coated in a sugar and cinnamon glaze.   They are then slow roasted in the oven for over an hour at a very low temperature.

This brings out the nutty flavor of the pecan and also hardens the cinnamon and sugar.  Let’s not forget how a-m-a-z-i-n-g  your house will smell as they are baking.

What I love the most is how the sugar and cinnamon fill up the little crevices of the pecan.

Pecans3 See what I mean?

And do you want to know the best part?  You can freeze them!  Mine are in the freezer now and they are delicious frozen!  They don’t get hard like you would think.  They are even better if you ask me.

So if you want to participate in a cookie exchange, why just use cookies?  Why not nuts?  Your friends will thank you!!


Sugar and Cinnamon Pecans



  • 2 egg whites
  • 2 Tbsp water
  • 2 lbs pecan halves
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon


  1. Preheat the oven to 250 degrees
  2. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or use a Silpat
  3. In a bowl, whip the egg whites and water until frothy
  4. In another bowl mix the sugar, salt and cinnamon together
  5. Add the pecans to the egg whites and stir to completely coat the pecans
  6. Add the pecans to the sugar mixture and stir again until evenly coated
  7. Spread them onto the baking sheets and bake at 250 for 1 hour
  8. Stir every 15 minutes

Recipe Source:
I used all organic ingredients when making this recipe, and hope you too!  🙂

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  1. This recipe works fine. But for my personal preference I want more sweetness to come through. I feel 1/2 cup of sugar is far to little. This recipe is geared alittle more towards the flavor of the pecans with a hint of sweetness. Thanks

  2. Ellen Williams says:

    I was curious, do you have any reason to believe that this wouldn’t work for almonds instead of pecans?



  3. Mandi Welbaum says:

    These look so good. I love that there is a linky of all the these great ideas. I enjoy finding new recipes. All of these options look very sweet and delicious.

  4. I love cinnamon pecans and yours look beautiful!

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