Candied Pecan Recipe

Our favorite recipe for candied pecans. These candied pecans have become a Holiday treat to give out to family and neighbors.

Yield: 8 cups

Bake: 60 minutes


2 cups sugar

4 egg whites

4 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp salt

4 tbsp water

2 tsp vanilla

8 cups pecans (shelled, halved)


  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together sugar and egg whites. Add cinnamon, salt, water and vanilla.
  3. Add pecans slowly, stir to coat all pecans. Spread pecans onto the 2 baking sheets, as close to single layer as possible.
  4. Bake for 20 minutes. Rinse mixing bowl, will reuse bowl after baking.
  5. Remove from oven, place pecans back into mixing bowl and stir. Spread pecans back onto the 2 baking sheets. (I line my baking sheets with new parchment paper in between). Bake an additional 20 minutes. Rinse mixing bowl.
  6. Remove from oven, stir pecans again in mixing bowl and spread onto baking sheets. Bake for a last 20 minutes. 60 minutes total baking time. Allow pecans to cool and store in airtight container.

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