Sugared Pecans

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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.

Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

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

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Ingredients

  • 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

Method

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!

  • Heidi

    You can also put orange extract in with the spices for a hint of orange flavor. Or if you want them with a little kick, add cayenne pepper instead. Heidi H.

  • Anonymous

    I made these this afternoon and served them with dulce de lece ice cream. What a delicious and easy treat!

    Your recipes are great – they often appear on my table.

  • Barbara

    Add to salad with baby greens, feta cheese, and sliced strawberries. Top with balsamic vinegarette. Yummy

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