Bowl of candied pecans at Christmas

Sweet & Simple Cinnamon Sugar Candied Pecans Recipe

Ever wondered how to make sugar-coated pecans?

Today I have good news for you:

It’s one of the easiest things you can do!

These candied pecans are probably my most-requested dish (can we call them a dish? Let’s do it) of all time. No matter the occasion, once someone has munched on these, they are hooked for life.

Beautiful little glass bowl of sugar crusted pecans on a Christmas table

It’s the dish (there I go again) that you bring to a Christmas party with ten printed copies of its recipe, because once everyone hears how easy these are to make, they all want a try.

I can’t take credit for this candied pecans recipe, let me be clear.

It has been passed between friends and family members for years, it seems, and was actually given to me by a dear family friend who would bring them to our family friends’ annual Christmas gathering. Thanks to her, I learned how to make these pecans before I learned how to roast a chicken.

Priorities, am I right!?

Big bowl of cinnamon sugar candied pecans

For me, Christmas isn’t Christmas until I’ve popped a batch of these in a big glass jar on the bench.

These crunchy cinnamon sugar pecans are the perfect accompaniment to gift wrapping, decorating the tree, Christmas crafts with the kids, and dare I say it, even Christmas cookie baking. 

They’re a lovely festive treat you can serve in a little ramekin alongside a cup of tea with a friend. They’re the ultimate party pleaser. And a cute little jar of them makes the sweetest, easiest gift that can be pumped out in bulk for all your loved ones.

Toss them through a salad, sprinkle them on top of a cake, serve them alongside the Christmas ham, or just shove handfuls of them into your mouth for absolutely no reason. These sugar-coated pecans are super versatile and almost guaranteed to bring a smile to any Christmas-lover’s face!

Toddler hand reaching for cinnamon sugar-coated pecans

(They’re also a hot toddler favourite. I can’t tell you how many photo outtakes I have that look like this!)

If you’re looking for the easiest sugar-coated pecans recipe on the internet, this is it.

Bowl of pecans coated with egg white

There are no special techniques. It’s not a long, laborious process. If you can beat an egg white, you can nail these puppies. There’s only about five minutes of prep, and then it’s just a matter of slamming them in the oven and pulling them out to toss them every ten minutes, for a period of about 40-50 minutes. You can do that!

Tray of pecans about to go in the oven

Be sure to make these delightful sugar-crusted pecans this Christmas season!

And if you do, please remember to come back and give my recipe a rating. I would really appreciate it!

Festive bowl of candied pecans
Bowl of candied cinnamon sugar pecans

Cinnamon Sugar Candied Pecans

A sweet, crunchy, simple treat for the holidays. Snack on these candied pecans, add them to your dessert table, or box them up and gift them to friends.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 50 mins
Course Snack
Cuisine American


  • 400 g pecan nut halves
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 tbs water
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp sea salt


  • Preheat oven to 150º C (302° F) fan-forced. Line two baking trays with parchment paper.
  • Combine egg white and water in a large bowl. Beat at high speed until egg white thickens and soft peaks form.
  • Mix the pecans into the egg white mixture, ensuring an even coating.
  • Combine the sugar, cinnamon and sea salt. Add to the bowl with the pecans, tossing well to combine and evenly coat.
  • Spread pecans in a single layer over prepared baking trays. Place in oven and bake for approximately 40-50 minutes, tossing every 10-15 minutes in order to prevent pecans from sticking together. Pecans are cooked when they are slightly golden, dry and no longer stick together. Allow to cool completely before serving.
Keyword Christmas baking, cinnamon, pecans

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Small bowl of cinnamon sugar-coated pecans

Sweet & Simple Cinnamon Sugar Candied Pecans Recipe

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