Spiced Pecans

We all love spiced pecans. We have all seen nut vendors while walking through an airport, fair, or even some shopping malls. Those nuts are so expensive. But guess what? This spiced pecan recipe will help you make these tasty pecans quickly and easily at home.

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Sugar and Spice Pecans

Love plain pecans or salty pecans? Pecans are naturally sweet and full of vitamins and minerals. Enjoy them in this spiced pecans recipe – it’s so simple and so good!

Sweet spiced nuts are simple to make and cost so much less than buying them. You may even want to make a double batch because they are perfect for homemade Christmas gifts.

Why This is the Recipe You Must Try for Candied Spiced Nuts

You might want to know what makes this a great recipe, this is one of those recipes that is super easy to put together. It’s the perfect recipe for the holiday season.I know once you give this recipe a try, you will want to make this all of the time. This recipe is tried and true, and whenever I set these out at a gathering, they are gone in a flash.

Easy Spiced Pecans Recipe

This sugar spiced pecans recipe is simple to make and costs so much less than what you might pay when purchasing these sweet and salty nuts. Who doesn’t love the good news of being able to save money! You may even want to make a double batch of these tasty pecan treats.

These sweet spiced pecans make the perfect holiday gift, did I mention this is an easy candied pecans recipe? Just put them in an attractive container and finish it off with a bow. It’s so much less time-consuming than going shopping for presents.

These tasty nuts are perfect for hostess gifts, teachers, parties, the Super Bowl – you name it! They are gluten-free so there also great for those with gluten intolerance.

And, the most wonderful aroma will fill your home, which is especially nice over the holidays!

Sweet and crunchy, this sweet and spicy pecans recipe is just bursting with amazing flavor. They are perfect for setting out as nibbles for the early arriving impatient guest! 

This addictive nut recipe is easy to make and rich in spice. Egg white clings to the pecans and holds the sugar and spice, eliminating the need for butter, oil, or melted sugar.

Candied spiced pecans have the right blend of sweet and spicy – cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and cloves, with just enough hint of salt to set everything off to perfection.

Is There a Difference Between Candied Pecans, Glazed Pecans, and Pralines?

Each of these ways to prepare pecans has a few things in common – pecans, of course, a type of sugar, salt, and spices. After that, there is some variation.

Candied pecans typically will involve white sugar and egg white. On the other hand, glazed pecans are generally made with brown sugar, corn syrup, and butter. Pralines are essentially coated in a caramel made of brown sugar, butter, and cream.

Each one of these pecan preparations results in a different flavor and texture.

Recipe Ingredients

Here’s a list of what you need, you will find everything you need to recreate this great flavor in your grocery store.

  • Sugar
  • Ground cinnamon
  • Salt
  • Ground nutmeg
  • Ground allspice
  • Ground cloves
  • Egg white
  • Water
  • Pecan halves
spiced pecans ingredients

How to Make Spiced Pecans

There are just a few simple steps to making these candied nuts:

  1. Place all ingredients except the pecans in a medium bowl.
ingredients for spiced pecans coating in a bowl
  1. Mix until well Whisk egg whites very well with the spice blend.
spiced pecans coating mixture in a bowl
  1. Add pecans to the spice mixture and stir until they are well coated.
pecans and coating mixture in a bowl
  1. Spread the coated pecans out on a spread pecans out on a lightly greased baking sheet, or a large baking sheet lined with parchment paper or aluminum foil into a single layer.
spiced pecans on a baking sheet before roasting
  1. Bake at 275 degrees Fahrenheit for about 50 to 55 minutes. Be sure to place the baking sheet on the middle rack of your oven. Stir the pecans every 10 minutes. Keep an eye on them in case your oven cooks hot and they get done faster. They will lightly brown, but you don’t want them to get too dark.
spiced pecans after roasting on a baking sheet
  1. Remove the cookie sheet with the toasted pecans from the baking sheet and spread them out on waxed or parchment paper to cool.
  2. Make sure the nuts cool completely before storing them in an airtight container.
a bowl of spiced pecans and two cinnamon sticks on a plate

Recipe Variations

Want to know different ways to modify this spiced roasted pecans recipe?

You can easily play with this spiced pecans recipe and make it your own. Here are some ideas:

  • Use brown sugar instead of white if you like more of a molasses flavor.
  • Use Splenda or Stevia instead of sugar if you have diabetics in your family. You won’t be able to tell the difference.
  • Vary the nuts. This sugar and spice nut recipe works well with walnuts or mixed nuts. Or try pecans, walnuts, and hazelnuts. Also, peanuts, cashews, and even almonds would be great prepared this way.
  • Try different spices. For example, substitute ground cardamom for the cloves, and you’ll have a winner! Smoked paprika will add a nice smoky touch.
  • For a Fall inspired flavor try Pumpkin pie spice is perfect for fall!
  • Add a little heat. Simply add 1/2 teaspoon of ground chili powder or 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper to the spice mix for a bit of kick!
  • Add citrus flavor. For a little citrusy difference, add 1 tablespoon of orange zest.

How to Use Spiced Pecans

Many flavors pair well with spiced pecans. Here are ways to use them (other than just eating them straight, of course!).

These crack nuts are perfect for tossing over a green salad. Put them in a salad with baby spinach, dried cranberries, crumbled blue cheese, sliced pears, and balsamic vinaigrette.

Or, make a grilled chicken salad with these salty pecans and a raspberry vinaigrette.

Add them to a fruit salad for some crunch.

Chop them up and sprinkle them over ice cream, add them to your favorite yogurt with some granola, or mix them into your oatmeal.

Use them as a delicious garnish for a fun appetizer. For instance, sprinkle them over any appetizer involving goat cheese.

How to Store Spiced Pecans and Keep Them Crispy

Candied nuts can be stored in an airtight container (such as a resealable glass jar or a mason jar) at room temperature for up to one week.

Your spiced pecans can be placed in the fridge for up to three weeks or in the freezer (in an appropriate airtight container) for up to two months.

spiced pecans in a bowl

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Spiced Pecans

These spiced pecans are like the candied nuts that you find in malls, fairs, and airports.
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Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Candied Pecans, Spiced Pecans, Sugar and Spice Pecans
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 32 1/4 cup servings
Calories: 189kcal


  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 egg white
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons water
  • 8 cups Pecan halves


  • Preheat oven to 275 degrees.
  • Combine sugar, all the spices, water, and egg white in a bowl and mix well.
  • Add pecans and stir until they are well coated.
  • Spread out coated pecans on a lightly greased foil lined jelly roll pan or baking sheet.
  • Bake at 275 degrees for 50 to 55 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes.  (Keep an eye on them in case your oven cooks hot and they take less time. They will lightly brown, but you don't want them to get too dark.)
  • Remove the pecans from the baking sheet and spread them out on waxed or parchment paper to cool.
  • When the pecans have cooled, store them in an airtight container.


Calories: 189kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 38mg | Potassium: 103mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 15IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 0.6mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home, and CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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  1. L Devine

    I make pecans similar to this, but I first beat the egg white and water until foamy, add the dry ingredients and continue beating until it’s the texture of whipping cream. Then fold in the pecans.

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