Homemade Candied Pecans are crunchy and with an irresistible cinnamon coating. These come together in about 5 minutes and the oven does the rest. Watch the video tutorial and see how easy it is to make your own praline pecans.

We love Candied nuts from our easy stovetop Candied Walnuts to Honey Roasted Almonds. If you love homemade treats (that are also perfect for gifting) this Candied Pecans recipe is a must-try!

Candied Pecans in red bowl

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What are Praline Pecans?

I always called these candied pecans until I saw the storebought version labeled praline pecans. Praline refers to a crisp caramelized sugar candy. So Praline pecans are essentially candy-coated pecans. You’ll love the texture – it’s easy to chew and has just the right amount of crunch and munch that you’ll find it difficult to stop eating them. The combination of caramelized sugar with toasted nutty pecans is so good.

Candied praline pecans up close showing crunchy texture

Ingredients for Candied Pecans

The ingredients for making praline pecans are simple and sweet. If you purchased the pecans, you probably already have everything else in your fridge and pantry.

  • Sugar – caramelizes onto the nuts and adds sweetness
  • Cinnamon – adds just the right amount of cozy spice and flavor
  • Salt – balances the sweetness
  • Egg white – combined with a little water, to adds moisture to help the cinnamon sugar adhere to the nuts.
  • Vanilla extract – adds great taste and aroma to the nuts. We love using homemade vanilla extract.
Ingredients for making candied pecans

How to Make Candied Pecans

  1. Combine cinnamon, sugar and salt in a small bowl.
  2. Whisk egg white, water and vanilla in a second large mixing bowl.
  3. Toss pecans with the egg white.
  4. Add cinnamon sugar to pecans and stir to coat.
  5. Spread pecans onto a parchment lined baking sheet.
  6. Bake at 250˚F in the center of the oven, stirring every 20 minutes.
Step by step photos for how to make candied pecans

The Best way to Make Candied Pecans

I’ve tried every version of these I could think of from the stovetop to the oven and even boiled them in syrup. I discovered this method from a youtube video by Alex of Sawyer Ridge Farm and it is hands down, the best way to make candied pecans.

Tossing them in an egg white and cinnamon-sugar mixture and baking at a low temperature for an hour caramelizes the sugar and makes them crisp but easy to chew. The texture is perfect and I love that they don’t get stuck to your teeth.

Baked Candied pecans on baking sheet

Pro Tip: lining your baking sheet with parchment paper makes cleanup a breeze and keeps the nuts from sticking to your baking sheet.

Common Questions

Can I use walnuts?

You can substitute with walnut halves instead. Just be sure to remove all shell fragments.

Can I make candied pecans on the stove?

These are best in the oven. Stovetop pecans would be a very different recipe. For a stovetop version, check out our 5-minute Candied Walnuts recipe.

Can I double the recipe?

Yes! You can easily double or even triple the recipe if you have enough room in your oven. Make sure to rotate your trays every 20 minutes when you stir the nuts.

Make-Ahead

Once they have cooled down, transfer candied pecans to an airtight container and store them at room temperature for up to a week. I haven’t tested them beyond that.

Blue bowl filled with praline pecans

How to Serve Candied Pecans

Candied pecans are great for munching and snacking, but we also love to put them to good use. Try these ideas:

  • Gifting – put the nuts in a mason jar, or a clear gift bag, tie a ribbon on top and give the nuts away to your friends and neighbors.
  • Salad topping – these are delicious on Beet Salad with Arugula, or Roasted Sweet Potato Salad.
  • Dessert topping – these are lovely for decorating desserts or ice cream.
  • Charcuterie board – adding these to a snack platter is always a good idea. They will disappear fast.

These Candied Pecans are a real treat. My best advice is to portion it for yourself when you’re munching rather than opening an entire jar and working it down. I know firsthand how dangerous that can be. Ha!

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Candied Pecans Recipe (How to Make Praline Pecans)

5 from 125 votes
Author: Natasha Kravchuk
Candied Pecans in red bowl
Candied pecans are easy to make and great for munching, gifting, and topping. We love them on everything from salad to ice cream. The cinnamon-sugar mixture caramelizes onto the nuts, giving them an irresistible and delicate crunch.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

Ingredients 

Servings: 16 people (makes 5 cups)

Instructions

  • Prep: Preheat the oven to 250˚F and line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a small bowl, stir together sugar, cinnamon and salt.
  • In a second lagging mixing bowl, whisk egg white, water, and vanilla until frothy.
  • Add pecans to egg white mixture and stir to coat.
  • Add cinnamon and sugar mixture to the coated pecans and mix to combine.
  • Spread nuts into a single layer on the parchment-lined baking sheet and bake for 1 hour, stirring every 20 minutes. Let cool to room temperature and enjoy.

Nutrition Per Serving

247kcal Calories17g Carbs3g Protein20g Fat2g Saturated Fat6g Polyunsaturated Fat12g Monounsaturated Fat76mg Sodium121mg Potassium3g Fiber14g Sugar17IU Vitamin A1mg Vitamin C23mg Calcium1mg Iron
Nutrition Facts
Candied Pecans Recipe (How to Make Praline Pecans)
Amount per Serving
Calories
247
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
20
g
31
%
Saturated Fat
 
2
g
13
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
6
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
12
g
Sodium
 
76
mg
3
%
Potassium
 
121
mg
3
%
Carbohydrates
 
17
g
6
%
Fiber
 
3
g
13
%
Sugar
 
14
g
16
%
Protein
 
3
g
6
%
Vitamin A
 
17
IU
0
%
Vitamin C
 
1
mg
1
%
Calcium
 
23
mg
2
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Dessert, snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: candied pecans, praline pecans
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $$
Calories: 247

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  • Al
    January 1, 2024

    Delicious! I used 1/2 white sugar and 1/2 light brown sugar. I also used half pecans and half cashews (raw, whole). Pecans were perfect. Temperature and time is spot on. It was my first time making cashews
    and they weren’t as good as pecans, the sugar mixture just doesn’t stick as well. But I really enjoyed the final product, cashews added a nice balance because they weren’t as sweet. This mix was a great addition to my charcuterie board. Looked festive. Thank you for the recipe!

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      January 1, 2024

      Hi Al! Thank you for sharing your experience with us.

      Reply

  • Margie
    December 21, 2023

    Normally never use or have parchment paper as its too expensive and don’t see the point of it in most of my baking, but had a bit so tried it. I ended up taking if off halfway thru as it just kept sliding around making it difficult to move the nuts around. THEN it was much easier to do so.
    Don’t let lack of parchment paper stop you from making these because they are REALLY GOOD!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      December 21, 2023

      I’m so happy you enjoyed that. Thank you for sharing that with us, Margie!

      Reply

  • Donna
    December 20, 2023

    If you’re a fan of the spiced nuts sold at fairs and that sporting goods store that rhymes with a-bellas, this is exactly the recipe you want to make NOW! It should come with a warning: nobody can stop after eating one! Soooo good! Thank you for figuring out this recipe, Natasha!

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      December 20, 2023

      You’re very welcome, Donna! Thank you for the feedback.

      Reply

  • Trent H Hossler
    December 20, 2023

    Unbelievable with Pecans! Wicked easy to make and perfect for holiday gatherings. Can’t wait to try it with other nuts.
    I put the candy crumbs in a bowl and snacked on them by themselves.

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      December 20, 2023

      Hi Trent! I’m so glad you loved the recipe. It’s versatile and works great for so many other nuts too. Let us know what you experiment with.

      Reply

  • LWbia
    December 13, 2023

    So delicious and easy to make! I just made a slight variation and added a 1/2 tsp of cardamom to the recipe.
    I took them to a gathering today. Everyone loved them and asked for the recipe.
    I will definitely make again this holiday season.

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      December 13, 2023

      So glad they were enjoyed. Thank you for sharing your experience.

      Reply

  • Steven
    December 2, 2023

    Thank you Natasha! I’m going to make a batch today for my family, then I plan to make a bunch to gift away for Christmas. I know these will be a Spectacular, Cinnamony, Sugary, Sweet, Splendid Treat! I know I will need all my will power to not eat too many. Thanks for all the experimenting you’ve done to bring us the best and easiest recipe! Merry Christmas to you and all your family!

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      December 2, 2023

      This is the best treat to gift, Steven! Merry Christmas!

      Reply

  • Pierre Cipolletta
    November 14, 2023

    So I made your candied pecan recipe and wow they came out so good!! My wife and I only eat a small portion at a time. You can easily eat a whole jar of these if you let yourself. Lol

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      November 14, 2023

      Yes! I can eat these by the handful! Thank you for sharing.

      Reply

  • Daun Palmer
    November 12, 2023

    I just made these! DELICIOUS! I used pecans, walnuts and peanuts. I will be making them again.

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      November 12, 2023

      Great to hear that you enjoyed them!

      Reply

  • Lena
    November 9, 2023

    Oh my goodness. My family and I were just blown away at how delicious these were. Such an easy recipe, too!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      November 9, 2023

      I’m so glad your family enjoyed it!

      Reply

  • Kate
    May 27, 2023

    These have become one of my top pregnancy snacks! I’ve made them both with the original recipe, and also substituted a flax egg for the egg white in the recipe. The flax egg version turns out not quite as crunchy as the original, but totally still works if you’re looking to make these vegan.

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      May 27, 2023

      Hi Kate! That’s great to know, thank you for sharing!

      Reply

  • Wendy
    March 8, 2023

    Made these for my family and they were gone in the same day!
    All your recipes that I’ve tried are great! Thank you

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      March 8, 2023

      Hi Wendy! I’m so glad they were a hit! You’re very welcome!

      Reply

  • Steve
    February 7, 2023

    Made these for the first time tonight and they came out perfectly. Added a dash of cayenne, but otherwise followed the recipe as written.

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      February 7, 2023

      Hi Steve! That sounds delicious! Thank you for sharing.

      Reply

  • Terry S.
    January 12, 2023

    Love this recipe. It’s super easy. You can use any kind of nuts and the very best part they are super tasty! Every recipe of yours I try my whole family loves.😋 Thank you.💖

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 12, 2023

      You’re welcome, Terry. I’m so glad you love this!

      Reply

  • Chantale Cadieux
    January 6, 2023

    These candies pecans are amazing. Have made them several times and they always come out perfect. Not at all sticky but nicely sweet. So easy too!

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      January 6, 2023

      Wonderful! Glad you enjoyed them.

      Reply

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