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Gingersnap Pecans (Cinnamon Roasted Pecans)

Gingersnap pecans are candied nuts covered with a sweet & crispy coating that is bursting with the flavors of ginger snaps. Cinnamon, cloves, ginger, and a hint of molasses. Perfect for your next holiday party!

white bowl of gingersnap flavored candied pecans

Gingersnap Pecans

The smell of molasses and spices always makes me think of gingerbread and my husband’s love of old fashioned ginger snap cookies.

I know most people think of gingerbread as a Christmas treat, but they start putting out Christmas decorations in July, so I can think of gingerbread before Thanksgiving.

What’s the difference between gingerbread and ginger snaps? A longer bake time to make them crispy and give them that “snap” when you break one.

Also, the addition of molasses. Brooks is already drooling because he loves molasses!

This candied nut recipe is a great way to usher some gingerbread in the season, but without actually making cookies or houses.

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pecans in clear bowl with bowl of sauce and measuring spoons

I took all the flavors of gingerbread and added a dash of molasses for color and that signature flavor!

Ingredients Needed

  • pecans (raw)
  • molasses
  • brown sugar
  • spices (ginger, cinnamon, cloves, white pepper)

This recipe calls for 2 pounds of pecans. But, how many cups of pecans are in a pound?

Per pound, there are between 3-4 cups of pecan halves or 2 cups chopped nuts per pound. The sizes vary depending on the variety of pecan.

If you are buying prepackaged pecans, be sure to check the weight. Most bags are not 16oz or one pound, but 10 or 12 ounces.

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How to Make Gingersnap Pecans

First: Preheat oven to 200F. Mix the spices together in a bowl. Add the molasses and stir to make a runny sugar mixture.

Second: Add the pecans to the sugar cinnamon mixture and stir to coat them. Spread them out into a single layer. Place them in the oven.

Third: Bake the pecans for 1 hour, stirring every 20 minutes. Be sure to spread them back out after each stirring.

Fourth: When they are done baking, remove from the oven and cool completely. Store in an airtight container until ready to enjoy.

What comes out of the oven is gingerbread heaven. Toasted pecans covered in a sweet and crispy coating and bursting with the flavors of gingerbread.

These toasted gingersnap pecans are slightly healthier than the cookies and a total bonus that they are gluten-free!!

For the full recipe and detailed instructions, please refer to the recipe card at the bottom of the post.

close up of candied nuts in a white bowl

Why are my caramelized pecans soft?

If the candied coating is not crispy, you probably need to extend the baking time.

If the nuts themselves are soft, they are past their prime or should be slightly toasted before beginning the candied process.

How long do they last?

Do they go bad? These ginger and cinnamon pecans will be good for 2-3 weeks at room temperature.

Be sure to store them in an air tight container.

How do you fix sticky candies pecans?

Place nuts on a baking sheet and bake at 325F for 5-15 minutes to dry them out. Take out and cool.

Nuts might be a little sticky right when you take the nuts out of the oven but when they cool they should not be sticky, or as sticky, anymore.

bowl of nuts

Are glazed and candied pecans the same?

Candied pecans coated with sugar and egg whites giving them a crispy coating.

Glazed pecans coated with butter and corn syrup. This ends with a smooth coating. They differ in flavor and most importantly, texture!

Do these need to be refrigerated?

Nuts in general do not need refrigerated or frozen unless you are looking for long term storage.

These easy candied pecans are great in salads, in trail mix and snack mixes, or sprinkle on soups and roasted veggies. So many ways to enjoy them!

crumbs on a board next to a white bowl and scattered pecans

Tapas Tips & Tricks

  • You can make these Paleo-friendly by substituting coconut or palm sugar for the brown sugar.
  • When adding your pecans to the baking sheet, I would prepare the pan with a silicone baking mat, coated parchment paper, or non-stick foil. The coating might stick to plain parchment and make a big mess.
  • If you don’t have molasses, you can use maple syrup in a pinch. The flavor might be not as strong, but will still be tasty!
  • You can substitute granulated sugar for the brown sugar but the flavor will not be as strong.
  • Don’t throw away the crumbs on the baking sheet when you store the nuts. Sprinkle on pumpkin pie, cheesecake, popcorn, ice cream, cakes, and brownies!

Looking for other sweet and spicy nuts to take to a party you’ve been invited to?  Check out all my nut recipes, both sweet and savory, to fit your special occasion!

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collage of pecans with text "ginger snap pecans"

Ginger Snap Pecans make the perfect holiday gift for the gingerbread fan in your life!

square photo of candied pecans in a white bowl for recipe card

Gingersnap Pecans

These toasted pecans are covered with a sweet and crispy coating that is bursting with the flavors of gingerbread. Cinnamon, cloves, ginger, and a hint of molasses! Perfect for your next holiday party!
4.61 from 43 votes
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Course: Snacks to Share
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings: 30 servings
Calories: 267kcal
Author: Jennifer Stewart


  • 2 lbs pecans between 4-6 cups depending on size
  • 2 teaspoons molasses
  • 2 cups light brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper
  • 1/4 cup water


  • Preheat oven to 200F.
  • Place a silicone baking sheet or a layer of foil on a baking pan. Be sure to spray the foil with non-stick spray. The baking mat needs no prep.
  • Combine all the ingredients, except the pecans in a mixing bowl.
  • Stir to make sure all ingredients are fully incorporated.
  • Toss in your pecans and mix to coat the nuts. This is a messy step!
  • Place your coated pecans in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet.
  • Bake in the oven for 1 hour at 200F, stirring every 20 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven when finished and cool.
  • Store in an airtight container for up to a week.



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Serving: 1g | Calories: 267kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g | Monounsaturated Fat: 12g | Sodium: 5mg | Potassium: 153mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 17IU | Vitamin C: 0.3mg | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 1mg

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Sunday 5th of April 2020

The gingersnap pecans sound scrumptious! The recipe doesn't specify, but I assume the pecans are supposed to be raw. Could you start with toasted (not roasted) pecans and just reduce the baking time?


Monday 6th of April 2020

If I am baking nuts with just a light coating like these I start with raw as they are so delicate and easy to burn. If you are starting with already toasted then I would reduce the baking time by 25%.

Michaela Kenkel

Monday 20th of May 2019

My heart did a little pitter patter when you said "Gingersnap!" These are going on my hostess gift list this fall -- and I can guarantee you they will be on my charcuterie board at Thanksgiving!

Sandra Shaffer

Sunday 28th of April 2019

These gingersnap pecans look amazing! I'm already a fan of your Fall Spiced Nuts, so I know these are going to be just as delicious. Great hostess gift idea for the holiday season too!

debi at Life Currents

Sunday 28th of April 2019

I love this combination of spices you've used. This sounds amazing. And, I find that pecans are so good with gingerbread flavors!


Sunday 28th of April 2019

These sound so addicting! I can't wait to make them for the holidays!