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Candied Pecans – Easy Crispy Sugared Pecans Recipe

These quick and easy candied pecans are the perfect sweet treat for snacking , adding to a salad, or topping your favorite dessert! 4 ingredients is all you need!

side view of coated pecans in a white bowl

Candied Pecans are the best snack for when you are trying to make healthy choices but still need something sweet. I love a handful of these to curb my cravings!

How do you make candied pecans?

When people in the south talk about nuts, the kind we eat not the people we hang out with, we are usually talking about pecans.  I grew up saying PEE-CAN, which is fine, but some people say PA-CAHN.

Not really sure if there is a correct way to pronounce it, not that I am proper anyway, so I’m going to say it how I want to.

To make candied pecans you need to start with the nuts. I like to use pecan halves instead of pieces because they don’t burn as quickly and I like big nuts.

Once you check the pecans for shells, add them to a bowl and set aside.

side view of sugared pecans

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easy candied pecans coating

Beat the egg whites in a bowl until frothy and foamy. Add the sugar and vanilla and stir to combine. Slowly add in the pecans.

Stir to coat the pecans getting it as evenly as possible. Spread into a single layer on a baking sheet. I would use parchment paper or a silicone baking mat to line your pan so clean up is a lot easier.

Bake at 350F for 20 minutes, stirring halfway through to make sure they don’t burn. Remove from the oven and let cool completely.

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sugar coated pecans in a white bowl

My banana pudding recipe only uses about a cup of sugared pecans and when I do something like this I want to make a big batch and keep them handy for other things!

uses Crispy Sugared Pecans?

Are pecans healthy?

Pecans have high levels of two minerals that help boost metabolic health along with other properties. Plus they are full of healthy fats and are totally delicious!

Are candied pecans gluten free?

Yes they are! You can also add additional spices like cinnamon. I love cinnamon sugar pecans for my yogurt or ice cream!

how long can you store candied nuts for?

Sugared pecans last a week at room temperature, 4 weeks in the refrigerator, and 4 months in the freezer. Just be sure to store them in an airtight container!

overhead view of candied nuts

Make a big batch of sugared pecans!

Doing things in big batches and saving for later makes prep work and weekday cooking so much easier.  With boys in school and a husband that travels, I need all the help I can get!

This recipe only takes 30 minutes but you can reap the reward of having a large batch of crispy sugared pecans ready to step up to the plate when you need them!!!

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easy candied pecans recipe

close up of Crispy Sugared Pecansin a white serving bowl

Crispy Sugared Pecans

Yield: 4 cups
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

These crispy sugared pecans are a great addition to yogurt, puddings, french toast, and many other things. Make this one big batch and you will have them on hand when you are ready!

Ingredients

  • 4 cups pecans
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 egg whites (beaten until frothy)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F and cover a baking sheet with foil and spray with non-stick spray.
  2. Mix the sugar, pecans, egg whites, and vanilla in a large mixing bowl.
  3. Toss the pecans in the sugar mixture to coat the pecans.
  4. Bake at 350F for 20 minutes, stirring halfway through to ensure even cooking.
  5. Cool and store in an airtight container.

Notes

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 16 Serving Size: 4 ounces
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 232Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 10mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 3gSugar: 14gProtein: 3g

This nutrition information was generated via a third party, Nutritionix, and can not be held liable for any discrepancies in the information provided.

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Sunday 22nd of March 2020

[…] Candied Nuts (for a salad topping) […]

Michele Phillips

Monday 19th of March 2018

Nuts are my go-to, gotta-have-something-in-my-belly-right-now snack, and I LOVE the idea of adding a little sweet to these crunchy treats, too!

Christie

Monday 19th of March 2018

These are crack!! I can smell them already. I'll have to make and take so I don't eat them all.

chubcheeks@bellsouth.net

Tuesday 20th of March 2018

They totally are!

Angela

Monday 19th of March 2018

Oh wow! Is it really that simple? Why have I never made these! So great on their own or tossed into a salad! Thanks for sharing! Making these this week.

Debra C.

Monday 19th of March 2018

These look absolutely amazing! Truthfully I thought they were harder to make, so I'm glad you shared this recipe separately. Totally do-able! YUM!

chubcheeks@bellsouth.net

Tuesday 20th of March 2018

Thank you! I love them! I was scared when I started making them as they look weird with the foamy egg whites but it makes the best crust!