Candied Pecans are great for snacking, desserts and even salads! This recipe makes sure that the nuts are not sticky, but crunchy, and perfectly spiced! Check out the short recipe video attached below for a quick tutorial.
In general, I am a nut addict. They are healthy, tasty and they give texture to food in a really good way. Check out my nutty recipes for Mexican Wedding Cookies, Poppy Seeds Walnut Banana Bread, and Oreo Nutella Cake.
How to Make Candied Pecans
Candied Pecans are made with only a few ingredients, but the results are comfortingly good. I like having them as a snack, and I put them in salads, too. They provide a nice crunch aside from imparting a nice nutty flavor.
I bought a lot for the holiday season! Even when I have done so many recipes out of this like a pie, bars, cheesecake, and all, I still have many left!
I may have bought too much. But they will not go to waste! Hence, I am sharing with you how to cook these nuts the easy way.
I even packed some and gave away to friends, and they loved it! And so, I am now considering this as a Christmas gift option to family and friends. I am sure that they will have a great time snacking on these goodies!
What are Candied Pecans:
They are either raw or toasted pecans coated with caramelized sugar mixture. The coating not only adds crunch, but the sweetness of the sugar is complemented with spices. In this recipe, I used cinnamon and nutmeg – perfect for autumn!
How to make Candied Pecans:
- Prep for baking: Preheat the oven according to the prescribed temperature.
- Prep the sugar mixture: In a bowl, combine sugar with the spices and salt.
- Coat: In another bowl, whisk together water and egg white. Toss the pecans in the resulting mixture. Then, add in the sugar mixture and coat everything.
- Bake: Spread the coated pecans on the baking sheet and bake. Stir and flip every 15 minutes or so. Remove when everything is nicely brown.
What else can you add to Candied Pecans:
If you are feeling adventurous, and you do not mind some heat, then, add chili powder or cayenne! Add more spices that appeal to you if you must. Adding maple syrup or vanilla also adds some flavor.
Why are my Candied Pecans sticky?
It simply means that the sugar did not reach the temperature where it starts to harden and get brittle. The oven temperature must be met accurately. Be sure to get a candy thermometer to help you with that.
Giving it time to harden after resting may help, too.
How many calories are in Candied Pecans?
One cup of these treats will set you back by around 437 calories, 327 of which is mainly from the fat of the pecan nut itself.
But this should not hinder you from eating this kind of nut. In fact, it has nutrients and antioxidants that help with lowering harmful cholesterol.
It has a number of vitamins, minerals, and a good amount of fiber that help with cancer prevention, weight loss, and many more bodily functions.
How to Store:
- Pantry: Put them in an airtight jar and keep at room temperature for a week or two.
- Refrigerator: Just the same, put them in an airtight container. In the fridge, they will keep for about 3 to 4 weeks.
- Freezer: If frozen, they will keep for up to 2 months.
- You can skip the baking part. Instead, you can simply melt the sugar mixture in a skillet and stir the nuts in.
- Try this recipe with other kinds of nuts like almonds and cashews.
- I like putting this in my recipes for Classic Waldorf Chicken Salad, Bacon Ranch Cheese Ball, and Carrot Cake!
Easy Candied Pecans
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 1/2 cup brown sugar (packed)
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 egg white
- 1 tablespoon water
- 1 pound pecan halves
- Preheat oven to 250 degrees F.
- Cover a large baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
- In a small bowl mix white and brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the egg white and water until frothy. Toss pecans in the egg white mixture.
- Add the sugar mixture into the pecan mixture and stir until pecans are evenly coated.
- Spread coated pecans into one layer onto the prepared baking sheet.
- Bake in the preheated oven for about 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes, until pecans are evenly browned.
- Remove from the oven and let the pecans cool on the baking sheet before storing or serving.