Crunchy, sweet Sugared Pecans. Make your own sweet spiced nuts for the holidays. These are the perfect addition to a cheese board and make a wonderful old-fashioned stocking stuffer. Always appreciated by those who enjoy the finer things in life!
I never met a pecan I didn’t like. But Sugared Pecans? Now we’re talkin’. I have a southern friend whose daddy owns pecan trees. Can you even imagine? I can’t, living in the north as I do.
We do have lovely trees here: lilacs, birches and even Christmas trees.
(Which reminds me of the Christmas tree that used to reside in my front yard growing up. One day we came home and the Christmas tree was gone. Yep. And it didn’t just walk off.
It was harvested, as if we were a tree farm. Which we were not. People: it was in our front yard. And the week before Christmas.)
On to more pleasant topics: pecans. Yesterday I made a double recipe (5 LBS!) of these Sugared Pecans and baked the entire batch in my turkey roasting pan.
They’re such an easy treat to make and always welcome. It takes about five minutes to mix up a two pound batch and an hour and a half to bake. There. You’re done.
Small investment, huge return, and you’ll have a beautiful stash for stocking stuffers, gift baskets and holiday nibbles.
Coat the pecans, then place in a large roasting pan. Bake for an hour and half, stirring several times. These smell so heavenly baking!
These are the best Sugared Pecans in the world! (Yeah, I’m biased.)
- 2 pounds shelled pecan halves
- 2 egg whites
- 2 teaspoons cold water
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
- Place pecans in a large mixing bowl.
- Separately, froth egg whites and cold water together.
- Pour over pecans and mix thoroughly.
- Stir in remaining ingredients: sugar, cinnamon, salt and nutmeg.
- Transfer to a large baking or roasting pan.
- Bake at 225 degrees, uncovered for one and a half hours.
- Stir every thirty minutes.
- Cool, then store in an airtight container.
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This sounds delicious and easy to make! For Christmas my mom often brings us sugared pecans that she buys. I bet these are even better! I will have to make these. Thanks Allie! What an interesting story about your tree!
Aunt pinkie achor says
I LOVE sugared pecans – can’t wait to make them! Thanks for the recipe! 🙂
Barbara Child says
So many yummy things coming out or your kitchen! Thank you!
Buying ingredients today, remind me to tell you my Christmas tree chopping adventure from 40 years ago;-)
Allie Taylor says
Sandi — wld love to hear about your tree chopping adventure 40 years ago. Better yet, you should tell us ALL about it. (Now everyone else wants to hear it too!)
Love sugared pecans, but have never made them. Can’t believe it’s so easy so I’m also adding those ingredients to my grocery list.
doing the sugar pecans today.
Allie Taylor says
Yay! Hope you all love them. Merry Christmas!
Michelle | A Dish of Daily Life says
I just made sugared pecans yesterday! Excited to have a new recipe to try! 🙂
Lauren @ Hall Nesting says
I have fond memories of growing up and getting these when going skating or the circus, etc. but I have never made them from scratch. I definitely want to try
These would make a delicious Christmas present for my friend, she loves this kind of sugared nuts. I can even imagine combining several types of nuts (pecans are sooooooooooooo expensive here).
Sugared pecan, SOUNDS INTERESTING Allie. I think I will try it soon. Thanks for sharing the recipe.
Aunt Pinkie says
Thanks for the reminder of these fabulous pecans!Mmmmm!
Shashi at RunninSrilankan says
Oh my! I used to have a coworker who would gift me with a bag of sweet Sugared Pecans and since they left, I’ve had a big void – but not anymore! Allie – am so loving these crunchy, sweet Sugared Pecans! You might find this nutso, but, I’ve never used egg whites with sugared nuts before and so cannot wait to do so now! But – I do have one issue with this recipe – you suggest sharing it – and girrrl…why?????…to me – that’s just easier said than done! 🙂
In case you are MIA from the blog world next week, I hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving! xoxo
Mmmmm…sweet, sugared pecans. Probably best to make 2 batches… have a feeling that the first batch wouldn’t make it into the gift bags. Lol. Hey, I’ve read that eating nuts regularly lengthens your life, so might as well indulge a bit, right? 😉
On another note… It is terrible that someone would take a tree from your front yard like that! Sometimes I just have to shake my head. unbelievable.
Have a great weekend, Allie. Xo
Ha ha, you are right Carina, these go fast and I’m all for living longer…. 🙂 I’m making a batch today to take as hostess gifts to Thanksgiving. We are leaving in a few days to celebrate Thanksgiving with our extended family in Pennsylvania. I thought of you yesterday, I met a couple at church yesterday visiting from Canada. We were talking about how they had already celebrated Thanksgiving and were moving on to Christmas. Have a wonderful week my friend! XO
Lovely! I plan on making these for Christmas treat gifts! Thanks so much, Allie!
Thank you Kathy, I am making a batch today to take for hostess gifts while we are in PA for Thanksgiving. I hope we don’t eat them on the way. Seriously, these are so addictive and so easy. Hope you love them, and Happy Thanksgiving!
Anu - My Ginger Garlic Kitchen says
What a delicious and fun Christmas treat, Allie. Love how easy and fun they are to make. These sugared pecans are gonna be perfect gifts for Christmas. I wouldn’t mind if you would gift me a bag of these sweet Sugared Pecans or maybe I can join you and we can enjoy them together. What say? 🙂 Happy Thanksgiving to you.
Awesome recipe for a snack! I’m always happy to see snack recipe! Because I love them a lot! Your sugared pecans look like it’s full of flavor and completely delicious! Checked and pinned! I can definitely follow your recipe to make the gifts for my beloved people! Like how did you make a snack seem to so good?
Hey just wondering, do you roast them on 225 degrees fahrenheit? Then it would be around 110 degrees celsius?
Yes Helga, 225° F. Happy Thanksgiving!!!!
Oh boy, and I just picked up several bags of pecans, thinking ahead…now is the time to put these beauties to the test — can they possibly ever look as good as yours??!! (And, I happen to be privileged to know how yours taste, too…can’t get much better than that!)
Elizabeth Morris says
Perfect timing Aly! My family is doing “Homemade” gifts this year. This is perfect for my CA family! Merry Christmas to you all!
So Happy to get this lovely recipe to try. I have been missing you and I wonder how you have been managing with this sad year we have been having, We are getting the most wonderful pre winter weather right now where I am in Canada and I wonder if you are experiencing the same. I hope so.I hope you and your family have beautiful holiday!
celeb networth says
Thank you! I look forward to hearing more updates.
Jeff the Chef says
What a great Christmas present these must have been. In normal years, I make a yearly visit to a local Christkindle market, where they always have sugared pecan, warm, for sale. I love them.