Spicy Candied Pecans

5 from 2 reviews

This cinnamon sugar pecans recipe is a simple classic. Cinnamon sugar pecans are a great addition to a holiday cookie tin, as a topping on a salad, or by themselves as a snack! Warning: they are addicting πŸ™‚


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  • 1/2 cup (105g) packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup (60g) granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp ground turmeric
  • 3/4 tsp cayenne pepper (you can use more or less depending on your spice preference)
  • 2 egg whites (62g)
  • 2 tsp water
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 1/4 cups (388g) pecan halves


  1. Preheat oven to 275 degrees and line a medium baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk sugars, spices, and salt.
  3. In a separate large bowl, whisk egg whites, water, and vanilla until frothy.
  4. Add pecans and toss until evenly coated.
  5. Add sugar mixture and toss again until evenly coated.
  6. Spread evenly onto baking sheet (ideally in a single layer).
  7. Bake for 30 minutes, then remove nuts and stir on pan.
  8. Bake another 15 minutes and stir again.
  9. Bake another 10-15 minutes.
  10. Remove from oven and let cool for 20 minutes.
  11. Enjoy!


  • These are delicious alone but make a great topper for oatmeal, cakes/cupcakes, cookies, and even salads!
  • Add extra cayenne if you like spicy
  • Store in an air-tight container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks or freezer for 2 months


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