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.

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.

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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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Elise Bauer

Elise Bauer is the founder of Simply Recipes. Elise launched Simply Recipes in 2003 as a way to keep track of her family's recipes, and along the way grew it into one of the most popular cooking websites in the world. Elise is dedicated to helping home cooks be successful in the kitchen. Elise is a graduate of Stanford University, and lives in Sacramento, California.

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  1. Tom

    Yum….I added 3/4 cup of tropical fruit mix and 1/4 cup of dried cherries. Then 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground pepper and 1 teaspoon of dried orange peel. Used maple syrup instead of water and baked for 40 minutes (20. flip, 20) to make up for the extra cup of ingredients. I cannot leave a recipe alone. Also cannot keep up with the number of folks who want me to make more for them!

  2. Rhonda

    Made these to put on top of my pumpkin cheesecake….oh my goodness they are Devine and EASY to make. I’m now making them for Christmas gifts because they were a huge hit.


  3. Adrienne

    I almost wish I’d never made these, because these are so good I lose all self control. I made them to put on the pumpkin cheesecake, but ate them all while the cheesecake was cooking. Easy to make and so delicious! I’m making these for holiday gifts this year.


  4. Nicole

    Just made a double batch. Taste good to me!


  5. Milena

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


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