These homemade Candied Pecans are more addicting than potato chips, and make an easy and fantastic treat for parties or gifts for the holidays!
These candied pecans have practically become a permanent fixture in my house, especially at holiday time.
I’ve lost count of how many batches I have made over the years…and how many people have become indebted to me by leaving them on the counter top, greeting friends and family as they walk through the door.
Have you ever had candied pecans? They’re always a popular item at street fairs, ice cream parlors, and shopping malls. The smell is as intoxicating as cinnamon rolls.
Like most pralines, they’re best warm from the oven, but still incredibly wonderful at room temperature and even several days later.
Candied Pecans Recipe
Most recipes for candied nuts are coated in a a cinnamon-sugar mixture. This one takes it a step further with powdered sugar. They are amazing. You will need the following ingredients:
- Pecan halves
- Egg whites
- Granulated sugar
- Unsalted butter
- Powdered sugar
How to Make Candied Pecans
There’s only a few steps to making these candied nuts. Here’s a brief summary (scroll down for the detailed printable.)
- Beat the egg whites to soft peaks and add in the vanilla and granulated sugar.
- Toss in the pecans and coat thoroughly.
- Pour melted butter on a greased baking sheet, then spread the pecans on top in an even layer.
- Cook for 40 minutes, tossing them every 10 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and then coat them in powdered sugar and cinnamon.
Try a different nut!
How to Store
How long do candied pecans last? These can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for one week or in the fridge for 3 weeks.
Can you freeze candied pecans? You can, but I would recommend you let them cool and not coat them in the powdered sugar, which gets wet and gooey once thawed. Instead, roast and cool completely, freeze, then reheat slightly and coat with the powdered sugar mixture before serving. They can be frozen up to 2 months.
Watch Them Being Made
Other Holiday Candy We Love!
Make up a batch for yourself! Or even better, for the loved ones in your life. A cup of these in a cellophane bag, with a cute ribbon as holiday gifts, and everyone will be indebted to you.
- 3 egg whites
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 pound pecan halves
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
- In a medium bowl, beat egg whites until soft peaks form; add vanilla and gradually add sugar. Toss in the pecans and mix gently with a wooden spoon or spatula until they are coated thoroughly.
- Melt butter and pour on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray.
- Spread the pecans out evenly over the baking sheet and cook for 40 minutes, turning them every 10 minutes with a spatula – do not skip this step! (They will look like a gloppy mess at first, but don’t worry! Keep turning as instructed and all will be good.)
- Remove from oven and cool for about 2 minutes
- Place powdered sugar and cinnamon in a large resealable plastic bag; add in the pecans, seal and shake until coated.
- Best served warm, but absolutely delicious even after a few weeks!
(originally from Lisa at The Cutting Edge of Ordinary)