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. Nicole

    Just made a double batch. Taste good to me!

  2. Milena

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

  3. Carol

    Can I do this with mixed nuts or any other types of nuts….walnuts etc.
    thank you,

    Sure! ~Elise

  4. Angel Maree

    These are divine! I did not have enough pecans so I used almonds also!

  5. PM eS ing

    Nuts are being washed…
    Now doused with aromatic spices…
    Soaking up some rays in the oven…
    (spoiled lil Pecans)
    I’m not sure about the cloves & nutmeg
    I look forward to trying these babies when they
    Cool down… still waiting… Smelling sooo good!
    OMYGOSH! those are tasty lil treasures. If HOLIDAY were a
    Flavor… I just tasted it. Yummmmmm!
    So, some of those sweet nuggets asked to go chunky dunk in
    A pool of dark chocolate … I let them… Waiting for them to dry
    Off in the chilled locker room… Can’t wait to nibble on their lil tootsies when they come out! Hmm I’m gonna check on them right now.
    WoW —
    Thank you my sweet virtual chef friend! My children owe you their gratitude, not sure i’d be in this good of a mood without this experience!

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