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These cinnamon pecans are light, crunchy, and just sweet enough. Perfect for snacking, as a garnish for salads or veggies, or as an easy homemade gift.

Cinnamon Pecans Recipe

We are right in the thick of the holiday season now! And just like every other year at this time, I’m on the hunt for easy recipes that I can make big batches of, and give away as gifts.

In past years, I’ve shared vanilla sugar, homemade moose munch, and chocolate bark. But this year, I’m all about the cinnamon pecans!

Candied Cinnamon Pecans Recipe

I think it’s a pretty common thing to get a bag of cinnamon pecans as a holiday gift. But I’ve often found them to be overly sweet and sugary. Sometimes you can’t really taste anything but the sugar.

This recipe definitely has some sweetness to it, but it’s balanced out by plenty of warm cinnamon spice, and a little bit of salt. Everything is in harmony, and the flavor of the toasty, crisp pecan can really shine.


These crunchy, sweet spiced nuts are totally a holiday tradition. They’re light and crisp, and just perfect for snacking.

Just imagine a tender pecan, glazed in cinnamon sugar and roasted in the oven.

The baking process brings out all the toasty flavors in the nuts, and candies the glaze so every morsel is coated in crispy cinnamon deliciousness.


This is a super simple recipe that only requires about 10 minutes of prep. And with that you’ll have enough nuts to snack on all season long, plus more for gifting.

Start by placing the pecans in a large bowl. For the prettiest candied pecans, choose whole jumbo pecan halves. To save a little money, look for pecan pieces instead.

Add egg whites, sugar, cinnamon, water, and salt to the bowl, and toss everything together until every nut is coated in the glaze.

Then just tip the pecans out of the bowl and onto a lined baking sheet. Parchment paper sheets are usually my go-to for lining pans, but when I’m making candied pecans I prefer to use a silicone mat. It’s really easy to pull the candied nuts off of one of these!

Spread the nuts into an even layer, and bake them in the oven.

You may notice when the candied pecans first come out of the oven, they seem soft and not really that crunchy. But don’t worry! As they cool they will crisp up a lot.

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Every year I put little bowls of spiced nuts out, all over the house so that guests can snack on them. They’re perfect for this type of use!

But I also love to add them to salads. They provide a nice crunch and a hint of sweetness.

They’re also really great as a garnish for side dishes or veggies. Try sprinkling some over your roasted sweet potatoes or green beans. So yummy!

But the best use has to be as a homemade gift. If you bake up a big batch of these cinnamon pecans, you’ll easily have enough to gift to 6 to 10 of your most favoritest people. Package them up in glass jars, or in clear cellophane bags, and tie with a pretty ribbon. Who wouldn’t love to get a gift like that??


You can definitely make these cinnamon pecans ahead! It’s a great way to get a jump on your holiday gift-giving.


These nuts will keep at room temperature for 4 to 6 months. Just be sure to keep them in an airtight container!

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If you need a Christmas gift idea that’s economical, easy to make, and from the heart, look no further than this cinnamon pecans recipe!

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Cinnamon Pecans Recipe
Cinnamon Pecans
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
1 hr 30 mins
Cooling Time
20 mins
Total Time
1 hr 40 mins

These cinnamon pecans are light, crunchy, and just sweet enough. Perfect for snacking, as a garnish for salads or veggies, or as an easy homemade gift.

Course: Appetizer, Dessert, Snack, Topping
Cuisine: American
Keyword: candied, Cinnamon, glazed, nuts, pecans, spiced, sugar
Servings: 24 1/4-cup servings
Calories: 216 kcal
  1. Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F, and line a baking sheet with a silicone mat.

  2. Place the pecans in a large mixing bowl, and add the egg whites, sugar, cinnamon, water, and salt. 

  3. Stir together until all the nuts are coated with the glaze.

  4. Transfer the pecans to the prepared baking sheet and spread out into an even layer. 

  5. Bake for 90 minutes, then allow to cool until crisp. 

  6. Keep cooled cinnamon pecans in cellophane bags or airtight containers.  

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Recipe Notes

*You can use any kind of nut for this recipe. Substitute your favorite!

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Nutrition Facts
Cinnamon Pecans
Amount Per Serving
Calories 216 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 19g 29%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Sodium 52mg 2%
Potassium 120mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 10g 3%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 7g
Protein 2g 4%
Vitamin A 0.4%
Vitamin C 0.4%
Calcium 2.9%
Iron 4.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.