Candied Pecans

Whether you pronounce it “pee-can” or “puh-con” these are delicious!

candied pecans recipe

1 egg white
1 tablespoon of water
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 pound pecan halves
3/4 cup of sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon of salt

Preheat your oven to 250 degrees (F).

Beat the water, vanilla and egg white in a large bowl until foamy. Stir in the pecans.

In a separate bowl combine the sugar, ground cinnamon and salt. Gradually add the sugar mixture to the pecans making sure every nut is coated.

Pour the pecans into a 9″ x 13″ pan and roast for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes. Let the pecans cool and store them in an airtight container. (Not that you will be storing them very long because they’re addicting!)


  1. Dottie

    Obviously “puh-con” is the proper way to pronounce it, though I can’t get my Southern husband to change his ways. I’m saving this recipe to make some of my own!

  2. Catherine

    I love this recipe! I brought them to my boyfriend’s house and he wouldn’t let me eat them. P.S. I pronounce it “puh-con” and I was born and raised in Tennessee.

  3. Pia

    Your recipe looks delicious. I was wondering what your recommendation for replacing egg white for someone who is allergic to them?

  4. Jo

    Made them last night – but I think I should have beaten the egg whites until stiff – instead of frothy. The pecans taste great, but are a tad on the chewy side (which I like, but my husband likes crunchy). And they stuck really bad to my pan, so next time I’ll spray with PAM or something – or did I do something wrong?

  5. Jessica

    If they are chewy you didn’t cook them long enough, I don’t whip my eggs a lot I just mix the nuts with the egg to coat and then stir in the sugar cinnamon and salt it breaks up the egg when you mix the sugar

  6. Katherine

    These are fabulous!!! A BIG HIT!!! I am originally from Oregon, living in Washington State. And we pronounce Pecan.. Pee=Con! Go figure!

  7. Nancy

    Im here in West Texas, n we pronounce em puh-con…..Love,love,love these! I had lost my recipe, thank you so much for sharing it! “Yall” enjoy em!!!!! lol

    1. Amanda (wit & whistle) Post author

      I couldn’t say for sure Dawn, since I’ve never tried it. It seems like it would though!

  8. Kim Luensmann

    I know I’m late to the party, but in Texas, it’s puh-con. A friend of mine says a pee-can is what you take with you on a boat. LOL! Love the recipes!

  9. Alicia Montgomery

    Hi there,
    I just wanted to say I’ve made these candied pecans about a dozen times now, and they NEVER disappoint. Thank you so much for this recipe!

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