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Sugared Pecans

December 14, 2011

I had planned on baking cookies all this week and here it is, Wednesday night, and I still haven’t baked a single cookie. Instead of baking cookies, I have been doing things like finishing up the rest of my Christmas shopping, taking my pups to get haircuts (seriously), and eating these sugared pecans. I can’t seem to stop eating them!

The first time I had these sugared pecans was a few years ago when my sister made them as favors for my parents’ holiday party. Everybody loved them and I’ve wanted to make them ever since. Here’s how you make them:


First you start out with a pound of pecan halves.


Then you whip up an egg white with a little water (sounds weird I know, but trust me), dredge the pecans in the egg white, then dredge them in a sugar-salt-cinnamon mixture, and bake. I used plastic bags instead of bowls for the dredging–I think it’s easier to coat the pecans this way and it makes clean up a breeze.


Once they have baked and cooled, you can toss them in a candy dish for easy snacking, or place them in cellophane bags or glass jars to give out as gifts.

Hopefully I’ll get started on some cookie baking tomorrow!

Sugared Pecans
Adapted from Allrecipes

1 egg white
1 tablespoon water
1 pound pecan halves
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Preheat the oven to 250 degrees and line one baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the egg white and water until frothy and pour into a gallon sized ziploc bag. In another gallon sized ziploc bag, mix together the sugar, kosher salt, and cinnamon. Pour the pecans into the bag with the egg white, zip the bag, and slosh the bag around until all the pecans are coated. Then pour the egg white coated pecans into the bag with the sugar mixture, zip the bag, and slosh the bag around until all the pecans are coated with the sugar mixture.

Pour the coated pecans onto the prepared baking sheet and bake for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes, until the pecans are golden and crunchy.

Makes 1 pound.

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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

The Food Hunter December 15, 2011 at 1:30 pm

I love making flavored nuts!


Amanda December 16, 2011 at 3:30 am

I had freshly made warm sugared cashews earlier this year – they are wonderful. I’m glad to have found this recipe as I’ve wanted to make sugared nuts ever since! Thanks for sharing


Connie December 16, 2011 at 3:23 am

Sugared cashews sound awesome. I’ll have to try those one of these days!


Jo December 27, 2011 at 1:50 am

Looks delicious. Would love for you to share your pictures with us over at


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