Sweet and flavored with cinnamon and sugar, these candied pecans are an addicting snack that’s perfect for a crowd. An easy gift for the holidays, or just as a snack for guests – ready in about 30 minutes! Add it to the table with the Cranberry Pecan Cheese Ball and Bourbon Balls.
I’ve been making candied pecans every year during the holidays for… um… forever? I honestly can’t remember a time when I didn’t make them. It’s my go-to snack to bring to holiday parties that’s easy to make for a crowd, and it’s always a crowd pleaser.
I’m saying “crowd” too much.
Anyway, I love these because you can grab a handful to munch on while you’re mingling about chatting with people, and don’t have to worry about that awkward balancing act you do with appetizers that require a fork – or even worse, a fork and knife.
Tips for making candied pecans
Make sure you are using raw pecan halves, and not seasoned or salted ones. Who knows what flavor you might end up with if they’re already seasoned!
Can’t or don’t want to use egg whites? Substitute aquafaba! It’s just the liquid from canned chickpeas, and 3 tablespoons should do the trick.
Feel free to add other spices if you want to switch up the flavor – maybe a little nutmeg, ginger, or even a pinch of paprika.
Make sure you lay them in an even layer on the baking sheet – if you need to use two baking sheets to make that happen, go ahead and do it.
In other parts of the country, I’ve heard people call these “praline pecans”, which sounds fancy. But that’s just a cute way of calling them fancy – these are in no way pralines, so don’t freak out and think I’ve gone nuts. Get it? Nuts?You get it.
Side note: Do you say puh-kahn or pee-can? I’ve only ever exclusively said puh-kahn, but I’m always entertained when I hear people say pee-can. Why, you ask? I have no idea, but it’s probably the same reason I’m entertained when people ask me to pass the maple seer-up instead of maple sirr-up.
Seriously, though – in the comments, please tell me which one you say and where you live. I’d love to know if it’s a regional thing.
Candied pecans are the kind of snack that’s perfect to pour into a little gift bag and tie with a bow to hand out to loved ones. Or to just pour into a bowl and devour on your couch while you watch Elf. Either way.
I hope you love these as much as probably literally everyone I know does!
So easy and so good. I used half walnuts and half pecans.
Saturday 26th of December 2020
I'm so glad you liked it - thanks so much for coming back to leave a comment!
Wednesday 23rd of December 2020
These came out ok. 30 minutes was way too long. I only did 25 minutes and some were almost burned. The flavor was good though. I will try this again, but cook for a shorter amount of time.
Saturday 5th of December 2020
How long do these last? Just wondering how far in advance they can be made.
Sunday 6th of December 2020
I have honestly never had them last longer than a couple days in our house because they always disappear too quickly, haha! But they should last up to a week in an airtight container before they start to get stale.
Saturday 26th of September 2020
Up north here in Chicagoland we say pee can.
Monday 18th of January 2021
@L Cole, Well Chicago here,to, and we say pee-Khan...You must be a southsider..northside here!
Saturday 26th of September 2020
I've been away from Chicago for so many years I've forgotten what I usually heard! hah
Wednesday 18th of December 2019
Delicious!! Have made batches! Runni g low on pecans! Would this work with walnuts?
Thursday 19th of December 2019
I'm not sure - let me know if you give it a try, though!