Make this simple recipe to give as gifts or enjoy for the holidays! Try this Easy Candied Pecans Recipe right now.
The delicious smells of warm cinnamon and sugar around the holidays can only mean that these Easy Candied Pecans are getting ready to make their seasonal appearance. Now that I think about it, I am not sure why they only make an annual appearance, because they are delicious any time of year. This simple yet fantastic treat is so tasty and can be enjoyed in so many ways. They also make a perfect homemade gift!
How to Make Candied Pecans
When I say these are easy I mean it! Just preheat your oven to 250 degrees F. In a small bowl whisk your egg white and vanilla until frothy.
Put your pecans in a medium bowl and pour over the egg white mix. Now, toss in the sugar and spices and give the pecans a stir to coat them well.
Spread them out in an even single layer on a parchment-lined baking sheet. If you don't have parchment use a Silpat, or aluminum foil. Something that will help you make clean up easier.
Bake them for about an hour, stirring every 15 - 20 minutes so they cook evenly. Remove from the oven and allow them to cool a little before enjoying it. Added bonus your kitchen now smells INCREDIBLE!
Using other spices
When it comes to these pecans, you really can't go wrong. Try mixing things up in the spice department. Stir in some nutmeg or a little clove. Go crazy and make a sweet heat kind of pecan and stir in a little spicy pepper to kick things up. Play with this recipe and make it your own.
How to Store Candied Pecans
Candied nuts can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for one week, in the fridge for three weeks, or in the freezer for two months. I keep mine in a resealable glass jar or a mason jar.
Ways to Enjoy Candied Pecans
Ok, so if you can stop snacking on them long enough to use them for other things, you are better than I am.
Just joking, but they are great alone or...
- salad topper
- muffin topper
- mixed in oatmeal
- added to a fruit salad for some crunch
- and so much more.
Giving the As Gifts
If you want your friends and family to think you give the best homemade gifts, pack some of these candied pecans in a jar. Tie on a cute holiday gift tag, and you have given them a fantastic gift! Share the recipe so they can make their candied pecans to refill the jar year-round.
Easy Candied Pecans Recipe
- Preheat oven to 250 degrees F.
- In a small bowl whisk the egg white and vanilla until frothy.
- Pour egg over the nuts and cover thoroughly.
- Cover the nuts with the brown sugar, salt, and cinnamon and spread them out in a single layer on a parchment lined baking sheet.
- Bake for 1 hour in the preheated oven, stirring every 15-20 minutes, until golden. Allow to cool, then store nuts in airtight containers.