Cinnamon Sugared Pecans {Candied Pecans}


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Cinnamon Sugared Pecans | Cooking Classy

I know, this totally looks like a Christmas post. Yeah, it basically is BUT you should be making these all year long. Not just during the holidays (plus all you pin crazy people (like myself) I see you pinning Christmas everything already :). So basically I’m posting this recipe so you can start indulging a little early.

These are one of the greatest snacks of all time. I began making the cinnamon sugar almonds like 10 years ago (and have made them at least two times a year since) and I hadn’t even tried any other nut until today. Because I was out of almonds :). I actually like the pecans even better because they have a more delicate and melt-away crunch than the almonds do and they have more cracks and crevices for the sugar mixture to coat. I can nearly guarantee you, if you take these to a party they will be gone in no time. They’re cinnamon caramel-like coating is insanely delicious. And you’re going to love how easy they are to make. Short list of ingredients, simple prep – we need more recipes like this during the holidays. Enjoy!

Cinnamon Sugared Pecans | Cooking Classy

Cinnamon Sugared Pecans | Cooking Classy

I’m becoming obsessed with close up pictures and all the textures. And I’m starting to remember why I bought a macro lens, so I can put food right up in your face :).

Cinnamon Sugared Pecans | Cooking Classy


Cinnamon Sugared Pecans

4.91 from 11 votes


  • 1 lb pecan halves
  • 1 large egg white
  • 1 Tbsp water
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt


  1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees. In a large mixing bowl, vigorously whisk egg white with water and vanilla until very frothy. In a separate small mixing bowl, whisk together sugar, cinnamon and salt. Add pecans to egg white mixture and toss until evenly coated. Pour half of the sugar mixture over pecans and toss several times then add remaining sugar mixture and toss until evenly coated. Pour coated pecans over a parchment paper lined baking sheet and spread into an even layer. Bake in preheated oven 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes. Allow to cool then store in an airtight container.
  2. Recipe Source: adapted from


  • Averie @ Averie Cooks: I have a nut recipe almost exactly like this one but I add a little cayenne for a kick with the sweet. Salty, sweet, spicy all in one. Yours are beautiful! Pinned! November 6, 2013 at 11:38pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for sharing Averie, you’re always so nice :)! November 7, 2013 at 7:02am Reply

  • Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious: Love this! I just made cinnamon sugar pecans and almonds and they are so addicting! November 7, 2013 at 1:08am Reply

  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar: I love throwing these on salads. So delicious! November 7, 2013 at 4:24am Reply

    • Sandy Marsiglia: True! I’m starting to make these every Christmas. September 19, 2016 at 2:22pm Reply

  • Laura @ Lauras Baking Talent: These look great! I’m sure I would love pecans more than almonds :) November 7, 2013 at 4:50am Reply

  • Elisa @ Insalata di Sillabe: Believe me or not I’ve never tried sugared pecans before, even if I’m a true pecans lover and I usually go crazy for all Holiday sweets and baked-goods…I can’t wait to try them out following your recipe, it looks so easy and quick to make them that I now feel ashamed not to have made them before!

    xo, Elisa November 7, 2013 at 5:23am Reply

  • Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction: I really need to start making these more often than just the holidays! They are so good! November 7, 2013 at 8:53am Reply

  • Natalie @ Tastes Lovely: Pecan’s might be my favorite nut. Even better when they are candied! Can’t wait to try this. And I love the close up picture, the texture is so pretty : ) November 7, 2013 at 10:42am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Natalie! November 7, 2013 at 10:53am Reply

  • Laura Dembowski: Beautiful! I would not be able to stop eating these! November 7, 2013 at 1:58pm Reply

  • Rhonda: I cannot wait to try these with my grandchildren. Every year they come over to help me. From ages 21 to 10. And I know my son in-laws will love these. I absolutely love your site. November 7, 2013 at 3:25pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so happy to hear you love my site Rhonda!! Thanks so much for letting me know :)! I hope your family loves them! I’m getting to excited for the holidays and spending time with my family. I hope you and your family have a fabulous time together! November 7, 2013 at 6:59pm Reply

  • Carol York: So delicious Thank you for your efforts to send out all your wonderful recipes and tips November 7, 2013 at 6:16pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thank you Carol for such a sweet comment :)! November 7, 2013 at 6:55pm Reply

  • Vickie Langhals: Made the cinnamon sugared pecans last night. Oh my goodness!! They are out of this world. Easy to make. Even better when you can buy pecans on sale. This recipe is a keeper. November 8, 2013 at 12:52pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: So happy to hear you made these Vickie and more importantly that you liked them! Thanks for your comment! November 10, 2013 at 7:58am Reply

    • Joyce: Do you need to use parchment paper. can you use foil? November 7, 2015 at 12:38pm Reply

      • Amanda: Joyce- parchment paper makes the entire process much easier, I strongly recommend it! December 21, 2015 at 2:07pm Reply

  • Becky @ LovetobeintheKitchen: Jaclyn- I love your blog! I am always amazed to see how beautiful your pictures are. The pictures on this post are my favorite. So gorgeous! I can’t wait to try this recipe. Thanks for sharing! November 8, 2013 at 9:19pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks so much Becky :)! November 10, 2013 at 7:57am Reply

  • Francesca Anatra: This looks delicious! Do you pour the cinnamon mixture over the pecans while they are still in the egg whites? Do you drain them first? I’m not clear on this step. November 9, 2013 at 12:58pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Yes, you toss the pecans in the egg white mixture then pour over the cinnamon while they are still in that same bowl. November 9, 2013 at 2:59pm Reply

  • Nikki: I would love this, but have a cinnamon allergy in the family. Do you think it will still be good without? November 9, 2013 at 6:10pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Yes I think they’d still be good. I hope you love them if you do make them! November 10, 2013 at 7:32am Reply

  • Laura: Hi Jaclyn, I stumbled on your site while looking for a potato soup recipe. Oh my! I am so impressed with your dishes, and will be trying many very soon. I would love to make these nuts, but am allergic to pecans and walnuts. So I’m going to use the almonds. Do you use salted or roasted almonds, or just plain? Thanks for your time and wonderful recipes! November 14, 2013 at 3:57pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I just use plain whole almonds (no salt and no roasted). I hope you love them Laura! November 16, 2013 at 9:17am Reply

  • Sandy Dent: Loved your pictures from the start. It made me want to eat my computer. :) Made them last night and they were super easy and oh so yummy! I think I am addicted. I will definitely be making batches of this and giving them away this Christmas. Thank you for all your no-fail recipes. November 18, 2013 at 10:07am Reply

    • Jaclyn: You’re very welcome Sandy! I’m so glad you liked these! November 19, 2013 at 2:02pm Reply

  • Allison: I am making these right now. It’s not quite 6 am here; I’m sure my family is going to enjoy waking up to the delicious cinnamony smell! Tried your Cinnamon Roll Oatmeal over the weekend and the whole gang LOVED it. I just had to share it on Facebook! Can’t wait to try more of your recipes!! Thanks!! November 25, 2013 at 3:46am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so happy to hear you’ve enjoyed the recipes Allison, thanks for letting me know! And thanks for sharing on Facebook! November 28, 2013 at 8:16pm Reply

  • Jessica: I really want to try this recipe but I don’t eat egg. What can I use as a substitute for the egg? December 7, 2013 at 10:24am Reply

  • Angela: Made these for Thanksgiving. Everyone went NUTS!!! I did add a bit of heat with Adobe Powder – just hint and Wow!… December 9, 2013 at 7:47am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad everyone enjoyed them Angela! Thanks for leaving a comment! December 15, 2013 at 11:01am Reply

  • Tara n. b.: Made these today and they are STELLAR. My husband can’t keep his hands out of the bowl :) I’m excited to have a go-to holiday snack recipe that goes together so quickly/easily and that’s made mostly with things I already have around. Woot! December 15, 2013 at 7:35pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad you and your husband liked these Tara! December 28, 2013 at 4:50pm Reply

  • Ruth: I made them today and they were easy to make and DELICIUOS! Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe! January 23, 2014 at 10:23pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for leaving a comment Ruth! I’m so happy you thought they were delicious! January 24, 2014 at 11:28pm Reply

  • Georgina: How long would these keep for when stored in an airtight container? Thanks. April 4, 2014 at 3:52pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I think a week but you could probably freeze them too. April 4, 2014 at 9:42pm Reply

  • Joe: I used this as a jumping off point for honey roasted sunflower seeds. I used about 3/4 of a pound of raw seeds, and replaced 1/4 of the sugar with honey. Probably because of the honey, this took almost twice as long to cook but they came out wonderfully. Thought I’d share, thanks for the recipe. April 5, 2014 at 7:40am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for the tips Joe! April 6, 2014 at 8:17pm Reply

  • Sara: How early can you make these and store prior to christmas for gifts? Would it be too early now? November 14, 2014 at 1:27pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I think probably about a week before for best results. November 14, 2014 at 7:00pm Reply

  • Andrea: Do you think I could use splenda instead of the sugar? November 15, 2014 at 6:57pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I don’t think that would work for this recipe, sorry! December 12, 2014 at 4:57pm Reply

  • roxann santaella: Just made these nuts tonight and they were great my husband and daughter couldnt keep there hand off. Great recipe. Well definitely make them again soon. December 6, 2014 at 8:54pm Reply

  • brittini: Are these gluten free? December 21, 2014 at 3:02pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Yes as long as you make sure the ingredients you use are labeled gluten free just so you know they weren’t made in the same factory as gluten filled products. December 21, 2014 at 7:32pm Reply

  • Laura: Should have bought extra pecans and made more. They pretty much ate all of them when they came out of the oven December 21, 2014 at 6:01pm Reply

  • Valerie M.: So delicious and so easy! I used about a tablespoon of cinnamon (it’s my favorite spice) and a little less sugar (so I can eat more and not feel as guilty!). I know these will be a big hit at Christmas, planning on adding them to my cheese platter. Thanks for the recipe! December 22, 2014 at 6:38pm Reply

  • Ann Plymale: Theses are absolutely delicious!!! This is the second Christmas i have made them to add to my homemade gift baskets. They are a winner in every way! All the boys eating them up so fast i had to buy 10 lbs of pecans this year instead of last years 5! Thank you so much for this wonderful recipe!!!!! December 23, 2014 at 12:32pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad your family likes these pecans Ann :)! Merry Christmas! December 23, 2014 at 3:18pm Reply

  • Anthony: Made a 1 pound batch for Christmas and they were gone that night! Such a hit that I made a 2 pound batch tonight for me and my neighbor as well, lol! December 29, 2014 at 12:27am Reply

  • Penny Barry: I made these last year and this year and just love them! I do add a bit more cinnamon because I LOVE cinnamon. Makes the house smell great. I took them to work this year and they were gone very quickly. Thanks for a great recipe! January 3, 2015 at 3:44pm Reply

  • Elizabeth Kelley: I am making these right now as we speak. I am excited to try these February 4, 2015 at 5:02pm Reply

  • Jen: Yum!! I love candied pecans. It’s June, but I think they’re good for any time of year ;) I added a pinch of allspice and a pinch of nutmeg, just because I think they go well with cinnamon! I also added a little extra cinnamon. Added some pumpkin seeds to the mix because I had them on hand and was 1/2 cup short after using my pecans. They just started baking and already smell delicious! Thanks! June 22, 2015 at 7:53pm Reply

  • Kim: Hi there. I am going to try to make these for a party we are having. I was going to put a bowl at each table. I was wondering how long they stay fresh. I would like to make them ahead of time, but i wasn’t sure how early I can make them (and they still stay tasty).
    Thanks so much. September 9, 2015 at 3:49pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: You can make them a week in advance and they’ll still be great. I hope you love them! September 9, 2015 at 4:22pm Reply

      • Tammy: The pecans don’t Become soft after a week? November 6, 2015 at 9:46am Reply

        • Jaclyn: No they shouldn’t. November 6, 2015 at 11:47am Reply

  • kat: Jaclyn!!!! I just have to ask…..WHO TAKES YOUR GORGEOUS PICTURES???? They are so clear, and colorful – I’m envious! I’ve taken pics for years but I sure could use lessons from your photographer!!!! Beautiful, they surely enhance the recipe……YUMMY! September 21, 2015 at 6:34pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I do and thanks for the compliments :)! September 22, 2015 at 12:42pm Reply

  • Courtney Bagwell: just made these & they are absolutely delicious! I think I may have to make another batch!! :-D November 22, 2015 at 6:57am Reply

  • Darlene: You said you make almonds as well. Is it the same recipe? November 29, 2015 at 11:07am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Yes you can just use almonds in place of the pecans. November 29, 2015 at 5:11pm Reply

  • Lynn: How many cups of pecans equal a pound? I have a 5 pound bag. December 22, 2015 at 8:31am Reply

    • Kevin: 4 cups of halves equal a pound December 18, 2017 at 7:23pm Reply

  • Laura: Just made these. I used pecans and walnuts. HELLO!!! Sooooo good. My advice. Make like a triple batch. 1 to give as gifts, 1 to keep for yourself, and 1 to eat right after you make it-b/c you will want to! December 22, 2015 at 9:27am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I love your advice! So glad you enjoyed them! December 22, 2015 at 11:05am Reply

  • Diane smith: I would like to make these for a wedding welcome bag. How long would they last in a little plastic tied bag?
    Diane August 27, 2016 at 10:18am Reply

    • Jaclyn: They should store okay for a week (they may freeze longer but I haven’t tried freezing them). August 27, 2016 at 9:52pm Reply

  • Joyce: I just found these candied pecans. I can’t wait to make them. They are my favorite kind of nuts, oh my! They just look so good. Will be putting them in our gift baskets for Christmas. Thank you for making them available. September 14, 2016 at 6:56pm Reply

  • Becky: I just wanted to check you have said 250 degrees to cook at- is that Celsius or Fahrenheit?
    Want to make sure I get it right they sound delish. Thanks November 4, 2016 at 3:36am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Fahrenheit. :) Hope you love them! November 4, 2016 at 12:32pm Reply

  • Chrissi: Hi, is there a good way to store these? Do they freeze well, or how long will they keep in an air tight container? Would like to give them for Christmas, and want to get a head start on making them. November 7, 2016 at 12:00pm Reply

  • Suzanne K: Best recipe around for candied nuts!! I tried a crock pot recipe that was not good. Had to finish them in the oven and it was just a mess. But these are perfect and your directions were spot on. I want to try it with walnuts next. Thank you, thank you, thank you!! November 16, 2016 at 9:30am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for the great feedback Suzanne! November 16, 2016 at 11:04am Reply

  • Melissa: Is there anything I can substitute the egg with? I’m a vegan and I used to make this recipe and loved it, but now can’t use the egg. Or maybe just leave it out? Do you think it might work?
    Thanks! December 4, 2016 at 3:44pm Reply

  • Jackie: How long will these stay fresh December 8, 2016 at 7:51am Reply

  • Kelly: Can these be made in a crockpot? December 19, 2016 at 3:51pm Reply

  • Christy Owens: I have a quick question… My husband made a double batch of these pecans last night (we LOVE them). Unfortunately, he forgot to double the amount of sugar, cinnamon, etc. So the taste is off, they are kind of bitter.
    Do you think I could redo the pecans with the missing sugar mixture and bake for 15 min, or will baking again ruin them? I’d appreciate any input! Thank you December 20, 2016 at 7:29am Reply

  • Gail boboige: Have you done this with walnuts? November 25, 2017 at 3:06pm Reply

  • D W Kittman: I have a source for Walnuts, I am going to try them and pecans next chance I get. November 28, 2017 at 2:50pm Reply

  • Jayme: I love this recipe. It is super easy! December 3, 2017 at 1:31pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Jayme! So glad you love it! December 4, 2017 at 1:35pm Reply

  • Teri R.: These are absolutely amazing! Easy to make and better than any of the sugared nuts I’ve bought from vendors. December 4, 2017 at 5:30pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Teri! December 5, 2017 at 10:36am Reply

  • Jessica: I made this last year. I’m in the middle of making it now. So good. A great snack and the smell in the house is wonderful. December 7, 2017 at 1:13pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: So glad you liked them Jessica! December 7, 2017 at 2:51pm Reply

  • Linda Brummett: We grow pecans here and I have so many bags cleaned and in the freezer so when I saw this recipe I had to try it. They are so good I am happy I have another recipe for my pecans. Thank you so much for sharing. This was easy and delicious. December 8, 2017 at 9:19am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I wish I grew them as well. How fun! Glad you loved them! December 11, 2017 at 10:46am Reply

  • Tracy: I love love love this recipe! So does my family, friends and co-workers. I discovered this recipe last year and made some for a Christmas party at work. Everyone raved about it so I made some again to give away as Christmas presents. I’ve been asked numerous times this year when I’m gonna make more. This is definitely a keeper as my son would say. Thanks for sharing. They are so good! December 19, 2017 at 8:46am Reply

    • Jaclyn: So glad you love them Tracy! December 21, 2017 at 2:54pm Reply

  • Barb Higgs: I love this recipe. Make it every year for Christmas. December 19, 2017 at 10:54am Reply

  • Joy Yohn: I’ve passed these out as Christmas gifts for my co-workers 3 years in a row now, and every year they beg me to please make them again.
    They’re amazing! December 23, 2017 at 10:01am Reply

    • Jaclyn: So happy to hear it Joy! January 2, 2018 at 12:33pm Reply

  • Tina: Love these!!! I have been making these every Christmas for the last 3 years. My family always look forward to these more than gifts, I think, lol! I have yet to try them with almonds. Thanks for sharing!!! December 24, 2017 at 8:38am Reply

  • Jody: Addictive! January 25, 2018 at 5:17pm Reply

  • Kathy: Best recipe I’ve tried. Soooooo Good. !!!!!

    Thank you ! February 8, 2018 at 4:16pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: So glad you liked it Kathy! February 11, 2018 at 3:47pm Reply

  • Kathy: Awsome February 8, 2018 at 4:17pm Reply

  • Kathy: I made this sugar cinnamon pecans. This is the best ive tried. It is the very best and they turned out awsome they are very addictive. I love it. Thank you for sharing. Im going make many more your recipes. February 12, 2018 at 3:02pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad you enjoyed them! Thanks for your review! February 16, 2018 at 9:40am Reply

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