Cinnamon Sugared Pecans {Candied Pecans}


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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

4.93 from 13 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


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

  • 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

  • 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

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

  • 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

  • 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

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