Sugared Pecans

Easy to make sugar coated pecans. Pecan halves are coated first with egg whites, then sugar and spices, then baked in the oven for half an hour.

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Sugared pecans must be one of the easiest candies to make. No worries about melting sugar, humidity, or candy thermometers. Just coat the pecans with an egg white solution, and then again with some sugar and spices, pop them in the oven and make for half an hour. The only problem? They are so addictive. A friend of mine made me promise not to bring any over to her; the last batch that came her way never made it to her kids! Muchas gracias to Heidi H. for the recipe.

Sugared Pecans Recipe



  • 1 egg white
  • 1 Tbsp water
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 8 oz pecans - about 2 cups
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg


1 Preheat oven to 300°F.

2 Put sugar, cinnamon, salt, ground cloves, and ground nutmeg in a plastic bag, shake to mix.

3 Put egg, water, and vanilla in a bowl. Beat until slightly foamy, add pecans and coat well. Lift pecans out of bowl with a slotted spoon and put into the bag of sugar and spices. Shake pecans in bag making sure they are well coated.

4 Bake 30 minutes on a baking pan lined with silpat or lightly greased aluminum foil. 15 minutes into the baking, stir up the pecans with a fork. Let cool completely before serving.

Makes about 2 cups.

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  • Nicole

    Just made a double batch. Taste good to me!

  • Milena

    These are delicious. I made them a day in advance and had to hide them to stop everyone from taste testing to much!

  • Leah Marie

    Can agave nectar be used as a substitute for the sugar?

    Good question. I have no idea. ~Elise

  • Beth

    Is there a good substitute for the egg whites? A friend wants to make them and she is a vegetarian, and she doesn’t eat eggs.

    The egg whites allow the sugar to stick to the pecans. You could make a version of candied pecans with a caramel coating. Just sub out walnuts for pecans in our candied walnuts recipe. ~Elise

  • Doris Ryan

    My husband is diabetic, so I make these with Splenda for baking, they are great.

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