The BEST Sugared Pecans Recipe | FIXED on FRESH (2024)

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Simple sugared pecans are coated in a brown sugar and cinnamon mixture and then slow roasted until they are perfectly crunchy and candied.

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Candied Pecans

You can bet I make a Costco run and double or triple this recipe because candied nuts are so versatile! Here are just a few reasons I keep these in the freezer year-round:

  • I love to make candied nuts as appetizers or an easy dessert at holiday get-togethers.
  • You can also bag or box them up and hand them out as gifts.
  • Chop them up and serve them on salads or in yogurt

Ingredients and Substitutions

The list of ingredients needed for sugared pecans is pretty short. There are a few swaps that can be made to switch things up.

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  • Pecans. Pecans are perfect for coating with brown sugar and cinnamon, but so is pretty much every other nut! Try using walnuts or almonds too.
  • Brown sugar. I love the caramel flavor of brown sugar, but white sugar works well too.
  • Cinnamon and nutmeg. These add a little extra flavor to the pecans you can't beat. Out of either or looking to switch it up? Try ¾ teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice.
  • Egg white. Used to get the sugars and spices to cling and stay on the nuts. To get the volume you need to coat all the nuts, you'll need to whip the egg white until it's foamy. Egg substitute will not do this, so do not substitute it.

MONEY SAVING TIP: If you have a bulk store membership, consider buying your nuts there. In my area, they are regularly about 30% cheaper than grocery stores.

How to Make It

Make the sugar and spice combination: grab a small bowl and stir together the brown sugar, cinnamon, salt, and nutmeg. Set that mixture aside.

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Beat the egg white: In a medium sized bowl, add the egg white. Vigorously beat the egg with a whisk until it becomes foamy and triples in volume.

Coat the pecans: Add the pecans to the bowl with the egg white and toss the pecans to fully coat.

Add the sugar mixture: pour the sugar mixture over the pecans and stir them to coat with the sugar. Spray a large baking sheet with cooking spray and spread the coated pecans in an even layer.

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Cooking Time and Temperature

Roast the sugared pecans in a 250˚ Fahrenheit oven for a full hour. Stir the nuts every 15 minutes. Don't be tempted to shorten the time. The full hour is needed to get the brown sugar to really crisp and turn into a candy coating.

Remove them from the oven and allow them to cool on the pan for 10-15 minutes before serving or storing.


Store the candied nuts in an airtight container or bag in the fridge for up to 4 weeks.

To make these last longer, freeze them in a freezer bag for up to 3 months!

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Other Pecan Recipes You'll Love

  • Pumpkin Spice Muffins
  • Apple Cinnamon Chex Mix
  • Oatmeal Pecan Scones
  • Salted Caramel Apple Hand Pies

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Sugared Pecans

Easy sugared pecans are coated in a brown sugar and cinnamon mixture and then slow roasted until they are perfectly crunchy and candied.

5 from 5 votes

AUTHOR : Lauren


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Prep Time 5 minutes mins

Cook Time 1 hour hr

Cooling Time 10 minutes mins

Total Time 1 hour hr 15 minutes mins

Course Appetizer, Snack

Servings 16

Calories 226 kcal


  • cup brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • pinch nutmeg
  • 1 egg white
  • 4 cups pecan halves


  • PREP: Preheat the oven to 250˚F. Spray a cookie sheet with cooking spray and set aside.

  • MAKE SUGAR MIXTURE: In a small bowl, mix together the sugar, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg.

  • COAT THE NUTS: In a medium bowl, whisk the egg white until it is foamy. Add the pecans and toss to coat in the egg mixture. Add the sugar mixture to the nuts and toss again to coat with the sugar.

  • BAKE: Spread the nuts in an even layer on the baking sheet and bake in the prepared oven for 60 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes. Allow to cool for 10 minutes before serving or transferring to a container to store.


Serving: 0.25cupCalories: 226kcalCarbohydrates: 13gProtein: 3gFat: 20gSaturated Fat: 2gSodium: 66mgPotassium: 126mgFiber: 3gSugar: 10gCalcium: 10mgIron: 4mg

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  1. Diane

    These were perfect, I made 4 batches and put them in cute containers and gave them as Christmas gifts!


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How do you make candied pecans less sticky? ›

Pecans too sticky: If your nuts are still sticky after cooling, heat your oven to 325° F and bake for 5 to 10 minutes to help harden the candy coating.

Why are my candied pecans grainy? ›

Either you used raw nuts, or you added them before the sugar had a chance to fully caramelize. Why is the sugar all crystallized and grainy looking? It means that the sugar has crystallized before caramelizing.

How do you keep candied pecans from sticking together? ›

Under-cooking the pecans is the likely cause of stickiness, but the risk is low when they're oven-baked. After the sugar-coated nuts have darkened and turned very fragrant, about 20 minutes in the oven, stir the pecans and separate any pieces that have stuck together. Continue to bake for an additional 20 minutes.

How long do candied pecans stay fresh? ›

How long will candied pecans keep? They will keep for up to two weeks in an airtight container at room temperature, at least three weeks in the refrigerator, or up to two months in the freezer. No matter where you store them, keep in a tightly sealed, airtight container.

Why are my candied pecans still sticky? ›

The sugar needs to bake long enough to caramelize and form a brittle coating on the nuts. How do you fix candied nuts that are too soft and sticky? You can place them back into the oven for 5 to 15 minutes or until they dry out more. They will continue to firm and dry out as they cool.

Why do you soak pecans in water? ›

"Essential nutrients like iron, protein, calcium, and zinc are better absorbed by the body when you soak the nuts. The water removes the phytic acid present in acids which causes indigestion. So, soaking nuts helps in digesting them properly and reaping the benefits of these nutrients.

Why is my pecan candy not hardening? ›

If you beat too long, the candy will seize and start to crumble. If you don't beat it long enough, then pralines won't set properly and will stay soft and sticky.

What is the bitter stuff in pecans? ›

Pecans have two sources of bitterness -- naturally occurring tannins in the kernel and pieces of corky material from the inside of the nut which can adhere to the kernel. Some of the tannin and all of the corky material can be removed by washing the kernels before cooking.

Why do my pecans taste bad? ›

Store pecans in cool, dry places away from heat: Because pecans contain such a high amount of healthy, plant-based oils, they are prone to going rancid if they spend too long in warm temperatures.

Do candied pecans need to be refrigerated? ›

Store in a Cool, Dry Place

Keep your candied pecans away from sources of heat and moisture. This means avoiding storing them near your stove, dishwasher, or even on top of your refrigerator. Instead, store them in a cool pantry or cupboard.

Why are my candied nuts wet? ›

Making this recipe with egg whites will always result in crispy crunchy nuts and they won't become soggy and soft after a few days either. Why are my candied nuts wet and sticky? They were not baked long enough or they were not baked at the correct heat temperature.

Should I soak pecans before baking? ›

Wet pecans allow the salt to stick easily to the nuts. Plus, soaking nuts helps neutralize enzyme inhibitors, which can harm your digestion, and reduce phytates, which decrease nutrient absorption. Just submerge your nuts in water while the oven is heating up and you'll be good to go.

How can you tell if pecans are rancid? ›

Fresh pecans have a distinct aroma, characterized by their sweet, nutty scent. They should have a firm, almost crunchy texture and a rich golden or amber color. On the flip side, bad pecans may show signs of spoilage, such as a rancid smell, a shriveled appearance, or a soft and rubbery texture.

How long do pecans last in a ziplock bag? ›

Sealed plastic bags are best for storing pecans in the freezer. In-shell pecans can be stored in a cool, dry place for 6 to 12 months. They can be refrigerated up to 18 months and frozen for about three years.

Do candied nuts go bad? ›

Yes, candied nuts can go bad. Store them in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a month for best results.

Why is my pecan pie gooey? ›

Cook pecan pie too much and it'll crack and be dry. Underbake it and it will be watery and runny. You want to cook pecan pie to an internal temperature of 200°F. Use a digital thermometer to make this easy.

What causes stick tights on pecans? ›

Such "stick? tights" are caused by drought and heat stress in September and October. Pecans require water right up until the time of shuck split to reduce this problem. Nuts sprouting in the shuck before harvest (vivipary) are also reduced by late season water and/or stress reduction.

Why are my pecans chewy? ›

Microwaving pecans can cause them to lose their freshness and flavor and may even give them a chewy texture, so it's best to let the pecans defrost on their own. Defrost the pecans right before you want to eat them or use them for cooking.

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