Oven Baked Candied pecans are an amazing caramelized pecan dessert dish perfect for the Southern mama in you.
Oven Baked Candied Pecans
Growing up I loved eating candied pecans out of my grandmothers lap. I cant say they are a healthy option but boy they are so much fun.
You cannot go wrong when making up your Christmas cooking list to include these tried and true sugared pecans.
Of course you can always use a cinnamon roasted peanut for the same effect, but pecans are nearly the perfect nut to enjoy while snacking ANYTIME.
Once you make these candied pecans you will wonder why you haven’t done it before.The only problem with making candied pecans, and I mean this, is that you will eat them all day. ALL DAY.
My kids snack on them, every time I walk by, I grab a handful. I tried sealing up and putting on the counter, but I am powerless against how delicious these are.
Let’s get started on those candied pecans before I drool on myself.
To get started, this is a super easy recipe with very few ingredients. Its really hard to mess these up and while they can take up to 45 minutes on low temps to finish up, they dont require a lot from you other than stirring.
The glaze of the sugar and cinnamon harden in just the right away to create a deliciously sweet crust around the pecans.
Scroll to the bottom for a printable version of this post, including all measurements and instructions, so you can follow along in your kitchen without being on your phone.
Here is what ingredients you need to gather to get started:
- egg white
- pecan halves
Making Candied Pecans: Helpful Tips
You’ll get about 2-3 cups of pecans from this recipe. They are as expected, sweet and crunchy. I lined my pan with foil but make sure when you turn the pecans, you aren’t ripping the foil if you dig into the pecans.
You could eliminate the foil because it’s such a low temp, the sugar won’t burn on the pan. but I like to keep clean up simple.
How to make Candied Pecans
Time to make is 10 minutes to whip up and then baking, which takes anywhere from 45-60 minutes.
My oven is really hot (its gas) and things often bake or cook a lot sooner than a full recipe takes, so you will need to monitor depending on what you know about your kitchen.
Mine were done at the 45 minute mark.
To get started, first preheat oven to 250 degrees.
Line the baking sheet with foil and spray foil with nonstick cooking spray.
Set pan aside.
In a large mixing bowl, add sugar, cinnamon and salt and mix well.
Beat water and egg white in a mixer for about 2-3 minutes until light and frothy, but not stiff.
It sorta foams up.
Add pecans to egg mixture stirring to evenly coat, so the egg wash gets all over each side of the pecans, which helps the sugar stick for coating.
Now pour sugar mixture over the pecans, stirring well to evenly coat, getting all sides.
Pour sugared pecans onto prepared baking sheet.
Spread pecans in a single layer (or as best as possible) trying to make sure they are not piled on top of each other.
This helps them to bake evenly.
Toss into oven and bake for 45- 60 minutes, flipping with a spatula every 15 minutes.
I just put a timer on my phone so I remembered when to flip.
Let cool completely before serving (if you can wait!)
Makes 2-1/2 cups of candied pecans.
If you are looking for more holiday desserts, here are a few right here on Salty Side Dish that I love:
- Cinnamon Roll Monkey Bread – this can be made with a variety of flavored rolls that bring up the fall (I used pumpkin rolls!)
- Homemade Butter Mints – after dinner mints that are often given out in weddings. Here are the more traditional cream cheese mints (the larger ones) if you prefer that.
- Blueberry Dump Cake – easy cake that you dump in a crock pot, heat, and then serve. Also an apple version here!
- Simple Fudge – I feel like the holidays are not complete without a fill of chocolate fudge.
- Marshmallow Fluff Christmas Dip – This is a rich peppermint candy cane flavored pink dip that is so good!
- Oreo Truffles – Truffles are great for every holiday and decorate for each season the way you want, recipe stays true
I cannot STOP EATING these candied pecans!!
- 1 egg white
- 1 tablespoon water
- 10 ounces pecan halves
- 1 cup white sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Time to make is 10 minutes to whip up and then baking.
- Preheat oven to 250.
- Line a baking sheet with foil and spray foil with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, add sugar, cinnamon and salt and mix well.
- Beat water and egg white in a mixer for about 2-3 minutes until light and frothy, but not stiff- this is an egg wash.
- Add pecans to egg mixture stirring to evenly coat.
- Pour sugar mixture over pecans stirring well to evenly coat.
- Pour pecans onto prepared baking sheet.
- Spread pecans in a single layer (or as best as possible) so they are not stacked on each other and bake for 45-60 minutes, flipping with a spatula every 15 minutes. Mine are usually dont at the 40-45 minute mark.
- Let cool completely before serving.
- Makes 2-1/2 cups.