Easily make a big batch of this Cinnamon Sugar Pecans Recipe to have on hand for the holiday season. It is so simple to mix raw nuts with whipped egg whites, then toss them in a cinnamon-spiced sweet coating, and bake in the oven. These candied nuts are perfect to serve at a holiday party, include in your favorite recipes, or even package as a Christmas gift!

Spiced pecans with cinnamon sugar in a white snack bowl for a party.

Cinnamon Sugar Pecans Recipe

The Christmas season is in full swing.

The tree is up, halls are decked, and holiday baking is happening!

With the hustle and bustle of parties, gift-giving, and get-togethers, it’s great to have an easy candied nut recipe on hand.

Not only do these tasty cinnamon sugar candied pecans make a great snack or dessert for a party…

But becuase they are naturally gluten-free, vegetarian, and dairy-free, they also make the absolute BEST food gift to wrap up for a DIY Christmas present for almost anyone!

In fact, give the gift of variety and also include some of these Savory Spiced Pecans!

Pecans, cinnamon, sugar, and an egg as the ingredients for an easy, gluten-free candied pecans recipe.

Ingredients

The simple ingredients you need to make this candied pecans recipe include:

  • Pecans. One pound, or about 4 cups, of raw pecan halves are used. Make sure you buy raw and unsalted pecans, and not roasted. Sometimes these look very similar at the grocery store, so be sure to read the label carefully!
  • Egg. A whisked egg white is the secret ingredient that helps to bind the cinnamon sugar coating to the pecans.
  • Sugar. Both white granulated sugar and light brown sugar work together to add sweetness. However, you can always swap them out for coconut sugar if you would like to make this recipe Paleo-friendly.
  • Ground Cinnamon. This is the traditional flavor but if you’re feeling adventurous you can always try substituting it for a Pumpkin Pie Spice blend or even tossing in some ground nutmeg.
  • Salt. A little bit of salt helps to balance out the sweetness of the cinnamon sugar mixture.

How to Make Cinnamon Sugar Pecans

The basic steps for making candied pecans are simple to follow:

Toss in Egg Whites

Whisk the egg whites in a large bowl with an electric mixer for 1-2 minutes, or until it forms a foamy texture and peaks form.

Toss the pecans in the frothy egg whites and stir until they are all completely covered.

Cinnamon Sugar Coating

Combine the sugar, cinnamon, and salt in a medium-sized bowl. You want to make sure all of the sugars and spices are well incorporated before tossing with the sticky nuts.

Whisking together a brown sugar and cinnamon mixture for a candied pecans recipe.

Flavor the Pecans

Add the cinnamon sugar mixture to the bowl full of nuts and toss until they are completely coated. Be sure to scrape the bottom of the bowl as you go so you get all of that delicious sugar goodness on the pecans.

Bake in Oven

Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Spread the pecans evenly onto the pan in a single layer.

If you do not have parchment paper you can simply coat a light-colored baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray. Avoid using foil, as the nuts will likely stick.

Bake in a preheated oven at 300°F for 25 to 30 minutes, flipping halfway through to ensure they roast evenly.

Cinnamon spiced candied pecans that have been roasted in the oven on a large baking sheet.

Meal Prep and Storage

  • To Prep-Ahead: This recipe is great to make a few days before you need them.
  • To Store: Keep the pecans in an airtight container for up to 1 to 2 weeks. Be sure to let them cool completely before storing so they don’t stick. You can use a plastic storage container or Christmas tin. You can also refrigerate them to extend the shelf life up to 3-4 weeks. However, the taste and texture will be slightly affected if refrigerated.
  • To Freeze: You can freeze these pecans for up to 3 to 6 months, but the texture won’t be the same upon thawing.
Candied pecans in a mason jar with a ribbon that are the best food gift for Christmas.

Gift these for Christmas

These cinnamon spiced pecans are hands down one of my FAVORITE food gifts to give.

Not only are they naturally dairy-free and vegetarian, but they are completely gluten-free, too. So almost everyone can enjoy them!

To make these into a DIY food gift:

  1. Add to a glass mason jar.
  2. Tie a pretty ribbon around the neck of the jar.
  3. Optional: Attach a hand written recipe to the ribbon.

You can even serve them up on this Christmas Charcuterie Board for a sweet and festive flair!

FAQs

Are candied pecans gluten-free?

Not all recipes are gluten-free since they may have flour as an ingredient. However, the recipe you will find below is completely gluten-free and can be served to anyone with Celiac’s disease.

Why are my candied pecans soft?

If your pecans aren’t quite crunchy enough you may have baked them for too short of a time. The sugars need to be roasted long enough to harden up. Candied pecans also tend to harden as they cool, so make sure the nuts are to room temperature.

Are glazed pecans the same as candied pecans?

The two are similar yet different. Candied pecans are generally made with egg whites and a dry sugary coating. Glazed pecans are coated in a stickier mix of brown sugar, corn syrup, and butter.

A hand picking up a spiced candied pecan from a snack bowl.

Expert Tips and Tricks

  • Test them. Taste the raw pecans before seasoning and roasting to ensure you like them.
  • Whip it up. Take some time to thoroughly whisk the egg whites so the cinnamon sugar mixture can stick to the pecans.
  • Line it. Make sure to use parchment paper for the crispiest texture and easy cleanup.
  • Sniff, sniff. When you notice an aromatic scent, the nuts are done.
  • Switch it up. Swap the cinnamon with pumpkin spice for a festive flavor twist.

Recipes that Use Candied Nuts

Other than snacking, use these homemade roasted pecans to add flavor and texture to these recipes:

Both Mashed Sweet Potatoes (with 3 Variations) and Sweet Potato Casserole are SUPER delicious with these pecans.

Or, top this Fall Harvest Salad with Apples or this Roasted Beet Salad.

Try them in these Pecan Hand Pies!

For breakfast, toss some in these Maple Pecan Oatmeal Muffins

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Cinnamon Sugar Pecans Recipe

Quickly make a big batch of this Cinnamon Sugar Pecans Recipe to have on hand for the holiday season. Nosh on these easy roasted nuts for a snack, serve at a party, top desserts, or give as a Christmas food gift!
Candied pecans with cinnamon sugar in a white snack bowl for a party.
Yield 18 servings
Prep 5 minutes
Cook 25 minutes
Total 30 minutes

Ingredients 

  • 1 lb. pecans raw, whole (about 4 cups)
  • 1 egg white
  • cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon

Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
  • Whisk egg white in a large bowl with a mixer for 1-2 minutes, or until foamy.
  • Toss pecans in the foamy egg white.
  • Combine remaining ingredients in a medium bowl and mix well.
  • Add ingredients to pecans/egg white and toss until pecans are evenly coated.
  • Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Spread pecans evenly onto the sheet in a single layer.
  • Bake pecans for 25-30 minutes, flipping halfway through to ensure even cooking.
  • Let cool to room temperature before serving or storing. Enjoy!

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Notes

Meal Prep and Storage

  • To Prep-Ahead: This recipe is great to make a few days before you need them.
  • To Store: Keep the pecans in an airtight container for up to 1 to 2 weeks. Be sure to let them cool completely before storing so they don’t stick. You can use a plastic storage container or Christmas tin. You can also refrigerate them to extend the shelf life up to 3-4 weeks. However, the taste and texture will be slightly affected if refrigerated.
  • To Freeze: You can freeze these pecans for up to 3 to 6 months, but the texture won’t be the same upon thawing.

Nutrition

Calories: 202kcal, Carbohydrates: 10g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 18g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Sodium: 30mg, Potassium: 110mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 8g, Vitamin A: 14IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 23mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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    1. Yay! So happy to hear you enjoyed the recipe, Lisa! They are so good. Thanks so much for taking the time to leave a comment and rating!

  1. I made some pecans, very similar to these.but, they didn’t give the egg white ingredient like this one. They used butter melted in a pan and once melted the rest of the ingredients were mixed on top of the stove in the pot. They were left to dry on a cookie sheet until cool. I had had pecans that I used to buy at HEB from San Antonio, Texas that the coating was more like a candy coating. My question is, can I take the ones I made and stir them in the egg whites and then bake them in the oven after I have already heated them on top of the stove and the sugars and cinnamon are already on them?

    1. Hi Mary, I would be hesitant to cook the pecans more simply because you can overcook or over roast them and they won’t taste good. I hope you get the chance to try this recipe!

    1. Yay! So happy to hear you enjoyed the recipe, Judy! Merry Christmas to you! Thanks so much for taking the time to leave a comment and rating!

    1. Thank you for catching that, Kim! It was granulated sugar but it was showing up on a different line lower down in the recipe card. Should be updated now!

  2. So funny! The first “gift” my MIL gave me when I was dating her son 4 years ago, were candied pecans! Such an easy, yummy recipe! Thanks for sharing!