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These hard to resist Candied Pecans are easy to make with just a few simple ingredients. They’re great for serving as an appetizer with drinks, at parties and are perfect on top of salads, side dishes, and desserts. They also make a wonderful homemade gift for the holidays or when you want to share a little love.
I am totally obsessed with these Candied Pecans! They are sweet, slightly crunchy with just the right amount of savoriness. I love serving them as an appetizer when friends come over for drinks. They make a nice addition to any cheese platter or charcuterie board and add just the right “something special” to a party spread.
But why stop there! With the holidays right around the corner, it’s time to bring out all our special recipes. These Candied Pecans are so delicious sprinkled on salads. I love topping sweet potatoes with a handful of these yummy nuts and if you want to take simple green beans to the next level, add some chopped Candied Pecans. They are also amazing on pies, cakes, and cobblers.
I really enjoy sharing a gift from my kitchen with friends and neighbors during the holidays. These Candied Pecans have become my “signature” treat and I love watching my friends dig into the bag of homemade yumminess.
This recipe is super easy to make. It has 7 ingredients that most likely, you already have on hand. If you’ve ever bought candied nuts before, you know how expensive they can be. So, save your money and skip the drama of finding just the right treat for your friends and make something yourself.
What You Need To Make Candied Pecans
- White Sugar
- Brown Sugar
- Ground Cinnamon
- Cayenne Pepper
- Pecan Halves
What To Serve With Candied Pecans
- Southern Jezebel Sauce
- Air Fryer Sweet Potato
- Outrageously Good Stuffed Celery
- Ambrosia Salad
- Southern Pineapple Casserole
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- ½ cup white sugar
- ½ cup brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper (option)
- 4 cups pecans halves
- 1 egg white
- Heat oven to 300 degrees. Prepare a 9×11 baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
- To a large ziplock bag, add white sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, salt, and cayenne pepper. Toss to combine. Set aside.
- In a medium-size bowl, whisk egg white until frothy. Add in pecans and toss to coat. Pour the pecans into the bag with sugar mixture. Toss until pecans are coated. Place on the prepared baking sheet and bake in oven for 40 minutes. Toss after 20 minutes and continue to cook. Remove from oven and let cool.
- Store in an airtight container until ready to serve.
Fabulous, simply fabulous! Became obsessed with these while living in Raleigh, almost 40 years ago. (A Yankee by birth, but with a Southern Soul.)
Hadn’t made these in a few years, knew the basic ingredients but wanted to find a written recipe. So glad I found yours. Will definitely explore your site for more of my Southern faves!
Thanks so much, and I’m thrilled you are here. I so appreciate the outstanding rating.
Donna these are fabulous! I actually made it with a combination of a few different kinds of nuts that I needed to do songwriter with! Can you tell me 1) best way to store and 2) can they be frozen. Thank you and Happy Holidays!
Thanks! Store in an airtight container. I’ve never frozen them but you can give it a try.
Best South recpies.
Hey there Lydia!
Thank you so much for your kind words of support! Southern cooking has always been a passion of mine, and being able to share these recipes is so special, it warms my heart to hear that you’ve been enjoying the dishes. If you ever have any questions about a recipe, please don’t hesitate to reach out, I’m always happy to help!
These pecans are so delicious I can’t stop eating them after just a few. Whenever I make them my friends are so excited about them. Everyone wants the recipe. I don’t even know how many times I have made them, but I know the recipe by heart. SO YUMMY.
Hey there Brenda!
Wow! Thank you so much, for both your kind words and your incredible rating. I am so pleased to hear you’ve enjoyed this recipe. I completely agree, it’s one of those recipes you’ll make once and you’re hooked. Thank you so much for your support, it warms my heart to hear you and your loved ones have enjoyed it!
Love this recipe! So easy too. Plan to add this to my list of goodies I gift at Christmas.