Candied Pecans – deliciously sweet, crunchy and totally addictive pecans that smell so heavenly and ridiculously good with notes of Bourbon, nutmeg and cayenne pepper. Perfect for dessert and salad toppings, for snacking or as holiday gifts. Easy and tasty candied nuts!
Does it already feel like Christmas to you? In our large family, the holiday season will start as early as November. This means that I’m already making a couple of lists for the holidays including what to have for the giveaways.
This year I’m adding these indulgent sugared pecans to my list, ’cause why not.
They’re crunchy sweet pecans with an extra something that’s perfect for snacking or as salad toppers. And the smell! Hmmm. It could bring your neighbors knocking at your front door with its magically delicious smell. Sweet cinnamon, vanilla extract and a bourbon aroma – how’s that for a candied pecan recipe?
Trust me, you are going to grab some right out of the oven before they’re even ready. No judging here, guilty as charged. Almost burned my fingers.
What are Candied Pecans?
Candied pecans are pecans coated in a sweet cinnamon vanilla coating and baked until crunchy. Crunchy, sweet and addictive – that’s what best describes these candied nuts here. They can be eaten as an on-the-go snack or as a salad, pie or other dessert toppers.
What are the ingredients in Candied Pecans?
The usual ingredients for candied pecans are sugar, cinnamon, salt, egg white and water. But in our case here, I decided to swap the water with Bourbon or rum for that added beautiful aroma.
Aside from that, for a deeper and layered flavor in every bite, I decided to add nutmeg and cayenne pepper for that little bit of contrasting heat with its sweetness. And oh boy, it works like magic!
Flavorful, crunchy and fragrant glazed pecans ready to entertain your palate! So you see, our pecan recipe is quite special! Below is the complete list of ingredients you need to have:
- granulated sugar
- vanilla extract
- egg white
- Bourbon or Rum (replace with water if desired)
- nutmeg spice (you may also replace this with pumpkin spice or cloves)
- whole pecans
- cayenne pepper
How Long Can You Store Candied Pecans?
Once the sugared pecans have cooled, store them in an airtight container and it’ll last at room temperature for 2 weeks or in the fridge for 4 weeks. To freeze, store them instead in a freezer-friendly container and into the freezer for 2 months.
More Pecan Recipes You’ll Love
Love pecans? Try these ones below:
- Cinnamon Apple Cake with Butter Cinnamon Coated Pecans
- Pecan-Topped Texas Sheet Cake
- Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecans
- Pecan Pie
Looking for Holiday Food Giveaway Ideas? Check These Out
- Italian Seasoning
- Groundnut Sweet (Sugared Peanuts)
- Orange Curd
- Light Fruit Cake
- Raspberry Scones
- Southern Tea Cakes
How to Make Candied Pecans
Preheat oven to 300°F (149°C). Then line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone baking mat and spray with non-stick spray. Then set aside. In a small mixing bowl, vigorously whisk egg white with bourbon and vanilla until very frothy. Set aside. Using another bowl, combine sugar, cayenne pepper, cinnamon and nutmeg spice. Mix it thoroughly as show in the photo above. Then set aside. Add pecans into a large bowl, then add egg white mixture first.
Then add the sugar mixture. Stir pecans to coat completely. Spread pecans over the prepared baking sheet. Bake for about 30- 35 minutes, stirring the pecans every 10 minutes. Cool on the baking sheet for about 10 minutes before serving. After pecans have cooled, store it in an airtight container.
- 1/2 cup (100g) granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 egg white
- 1 tablespoon Bourbon or Rum
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon nutmeg spice
- 2 cups (280g) whole pecans
- 1/2 -1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- Preheat oven to 300°F (149°C). Then line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone baking mat and spray with non-stick spray. Then set aside.
- In a small mixing bowl, vigorously whisk egg white with bourbon and vanilla until very frothy. Set aside.
- Using another bowl, combine sugar, cayenne pepper, cinnamon and nutmeg spice and set aside.
- Add pecans into a large bowl, then add egg white mixture first, followed by sugar mixture. Stir pecans to coat completely.
- Spread pecans over the prepared baking sheet.
- Bake for about 30- 35 minutes, stirring the pecans every 10 minutes. Cool on the baking sheet for about 10 minutes before serving.
- After pecans have cooled, store it in an airtight container.
Tips & Notes:
- Chopped or halved pecans are the perfect choice for this recipe or you can go with the bigger ones if it satisfies you.
- You can also substitute it with other nuts such as almonds, walnuts and cashews.
- Level up these sweet treats by enhancing it's flavor like adding pumpkin spice or cloves for an aromatic and smoky flavor.
- Storing pecans in an airtight container on a room temperature could last up to 2 weeks and in the fridge for 4 weeks.
- Please keep in mind that nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on products used.