Candied Pecans

Candied Pecans - deliciously sweet, crunchy and totally addictive pecans that smell so heavenly and ridiculously good with notes of flavor from Bourbon, nutmeg and cayenne pepper. Perfect for dessert and salad toppings, for snacking or as holiday gifts. Easy and tasty candied nuts!

Course Snacks
Cuisine Southern
Keyword candied pecans, pecans
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 2 cups
Calories 919 kcal
Author Imma


  • 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


  1. 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.

  2. In a small mixing bowl, vigorously whisk egg white with bourbon and vanilla until very frothy. Set aside.

  3. Using another bowl, combine sugar, cayenne pepper, cinnamon and nutmeg spice and set aside.

  4. Add pecans into a large bowl, then add egg white mixture first, followed by sugar mixture. Stir pecans to coat completely.

  5. Spread pecans over the prepared baking sheet.

  6. Bake for about 30- 35 minutes, stirring the pecans every 10 minutes. Cool on the baking sheet for about 10 minutes before serving.

  7. After pecans have cooled, store it in an airtight container.

Recipe Notes

  1. Chopped or halved pecans are the perfect choice for this recipe or you can go with the bigger ones if it satisfies you.
  2. You can also substitute it with other nuts such as almonds, walnuts and cashews.
  3.  Level up these sweet treats by enhancing it's flavor like adding pumpkin spice or cloves for an aromatic and smoky flavor.
  4. Storing pecans in an airtight container on a room temperature could last up to 2 weeks and in the fridge for 4 weeks.
  5. Please keep in mind that nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on products used.