These sugared pecans have a hint of cinnamon and cloves for a delicious addition to any buffet. Serve them with an easy cheese plate or ice cream bar, or grab a handful for dessert on their own. It's impossible to eat just one!
These sweet pecans (sometimes called candied pecans) are one of our all-time favorite sweet snacks. Pecans + sugar + cinnamon = a sweet and crunchy match made in heaven.
These candied pecans feel fancy, but they're deceptively easy to make. Serve them as a delicious snack, add them to a cheese board, or use a handful for a pop of sweetness in a salad. These also make an incredible homemade gift for the holidays!
Sugared Pecan Ingredients
You only need a few staples for these candied pecans. Just mix it all up, bake away, and enjoy this versatile snack!
- Sugar - A hint of sweetness brings this recipe together!
- A few spices - Cinnamon and ground cloves lend a deep, cozy flavor to these pecans. You'll also need a pinch of salt to help the flavors pop!
- Pecans - We love using pre-cut pecan halves for snacking, but you can use smaller pecan pieces to toss into salads or baked goods!
- Egg white - This acts as a binder to help everything stick to the pecans. Save the yolk and add to your scrambled eggs the next morning.
Equipment We Used
Hand mixer. We like using a hand mixer for whipping the egg whites, because #lazy. Because the amount is so small using a blender or food processor doesn’t work as well. Whisking by hand also works great!
Silpat. We use this nonstick silicone baking mat to line our sheet pans: it lets the pecans peel right off the sheet pan after baking (no sticking!) If you don't have a nonstick baking mat, use a sheet of parchment paper instead.
Silicone zip-top bag. The easiest way to mix these ingredients is by shaking them together in a big bag. We love using our reusable, washable Mega Stasher Bag for this, but you can also use a plastic zip-top bag. It also works well to toss everything together in a large bowl with your hands or a spatula.
Riffs and Substitutions
We love this recipe with pecans, but it will also work with other nuts like walnuts, peanuts, or almonds!
Make Ahead Tips
Make these sugar coated pecans in large batches and store in airtight containers to have on hand as needed. It takes just as much time to make one batch as two! You may need to use multiple large baking sheets to get a single layer while in the oven.
Short on time? Skip whipping the egg whites and just whisk the egg white and water together until combined. While this works just fine, we prefer the airier result from whipping the whites with the water.
As long as these are stored in a cool place (like a pantry) and are in an airtight container they will last for 3-4 months. Make sure the container is AIR TIGHT! otherwise the nuts will get stale and soft.
Sugared Pecan FAQ's
No, but we found that it ends with a much nicer sugared pecan. You can lightly ‘scramble’ the egg white and water and then toss with the nuts. They still taste amazing, but when the egg white is whipped you get an airy coating on the pecans. It only takes an extra minute or two with a mixer and we like the end result better.
These are great in a dish for snacking or on a cheese / charcuterie board. They are also great thrown into other dishes: give a rough chop and add to a chicken salad sandwich, on top of a melted brie round, chopped up for muffin topping, or in salad lettuce wraps.
While shelled pecans freeze great, we don't like to freeze sugar coated pecans. The coating sometimes has too much moisture when they thaw which can make the pecan soft.