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Praline Pecans (Candied Pecans)

These sweet slow roasted praline pecans (candied pecans) are spiced with cocoa powder, cinnamon, sugar, and just a touch of kosher salt. Great for snacking, salads, and dessert.

Praline Pecans on a sheet pan.

Every year I make these praline pecans for Thanksgiving.

A few years ago I made a streusel topped apple butter pumpkin pie with these nuts on the side and while both were delicious I think the nuts were the real shining star.

Mostly because my family is full of snackers and nuts are the perfect sweet snack.

PLUS these nuts are so easy to make that it would be a shame not to make them for the whole family.

And, they can be eaten as a delicious snack, go on a salad, get added to a charcuterie board, or served as a dessert.

The hardest thing about this recipe is remembering to stir the nuts every 8 minutes.

But, we can all handle that when the reward is candied nuts – right?

Ingredients for praline pecans

  • Pecan halves – I like to use uniformly sized nuts to ensure they bake evenly.
  • Egg white – This mixed with water will create a frothy mix to coat the nuts in. This helps the sugar and spice mixture stick to the nuts.
  • Granulated sugar – This simple white sugar is our sweetener of choice to coat these nuts.
  • Cinnamon – Our warm spice we are using the season our candied nuts.
  • Kosher salt – This adds a nice balance to the sweetness of the sugar and spice.
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder – Brings in a subtle chocolate flavor that pairs wonderfully with the cinnamon.
Praline Pecans in a jar.

What are praline pecans?

Praline pecans are simply nuts that have been baked with a sugary candy coating. You may also see them called candied pecans or sugared pecans.

This version is coated with a mix of granulated sugar, ground cinnamon, kosher salt, and unsweetened cocoa powder. It’s the perfect sweet and salt nut!

How to make candied pecans

  1. In a large bowl add your pecans.
  2. Whisk together egg white and water until frothy.
  3. Pour over pecans and stir until equally coated.
  4. Mix together granulated sugar, cinnamon, kosher salt, and unsweetened cocoa powder.
  5. Coat the pecans and stir to fully coat each pecan with some of the sugary topping.
Praline Pecans in a jar with a spoon.

Tips and tricks

  1. Try to use mostly unbroken pecan pieces. This helps to make sure all the pieces cook equally.
  2. Mix the water and egg whites together with a whisk until frothy. This might take a minute or so.
  3. Make sure to stir your nuts every 8-10 minutes. This will ensure that the nuts do not burn. Remember, making anything with sugar can burn quickly so make sure to keep an eye on the nuts!

Variations and changes

If you’re looking to make any changes to this recipe here are a few simple swaps!

  • Add a little vanilla extract to the water and egg whites for additional flavor.
  • Add a pinch or two of cayenne pepper for additional flavor and heat.
  • Try adding more warm flavors like ground ginger, cloves, nutmeg, or allspice.
  • Use walnuts, almonds, or even hazelnuts instead of pecans.

Storage and leftovers

Any leftover nuts can be stored in an air-tight container for up to a week. However, the longer the nuts sit they will lose freshness.

You can also freeze these nuts for up to 3 months.

Praline Pecans on a sheet pan getting put into a gift jar.

More holiday treats

Sweet slow roasted praline pecans. Spiced with cocoa powder, cinnamon, sugar and just a touch of kosher salt. These nuts are perfect for snacking!

Praline Pecans

These sweet slow roasted praline pecans (candied pecans) are spiced with cocoa powder, cinnamon, sugar, and just a touch of kosher salt. Great for snacking, salads, and dessert.
4.80 from 5 votes
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 16 servings



  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees F and line a sheet pan with sides with parchment paper or a Silpat liner.
  • Whisk egg white and water together until frothy.
  • Pour over pecans and stir to coat nuts.
  • Mix together the remaining ingredients and pour over the nuts. Make sure to coat the nuts with the sugar and spice mixture thoroughly.
  • Add half the nuts to the prepared baking sheet, spread out the nuts into a single layer, and cook the nuts in two batches.
  • Put in oven and toss every 8 minutes till they have cooked for 40 minutes.
  • Towards the end of time check on the nuts more often because these nuts can go from done to burnt in no time. Also, it’s important that when you toss the nuts make sure to get all the nuts tossed. Nuts on the edge of the pan can sometimes burn if not tossed thoroughly.
  • When finished let cool for a few minutes, pour in bowl, line sheet pan again, and cook remaining half of nuts.



Serving: 1g | Calories: 246kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 12g | Sodium: 149mg | Potassium: 122mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 17IU | Vitamin C: 0.3mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 1mg
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword candied nuts, candied pecans, cinnamon chocolate nuts, cinnamon pecans, holiday nuts, praline nuts, praline pecans
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Friday 15th of November 2019

Can these praline pecans be done in slow cooker


Tuesday 23rd of January 2018

Hello NN! I tried making these at home just now and I put the first batch in at 40 minutes, tossing thoroughly every 8 mind. When they came out they were definitely a bit too toasty. So when I put the 2nd batch in I tried 32 minutes, still tossing thoroughly. They seemed to have come out patchy in terms of ok and extra toasty. For me it’s difficult to tell how cooked the pecans are because of the coating. What is a good tell to know when they’re done? Thanks a bunch! (The flavors are on point by the way! It’s the nuts I can’t get right lol)


Friday 1st of January 2010

I am so glad that I am your neighbor! These were delicious and a HUGE hit at Thanksgiving! Thanks again!


Monday 7th of December 2009

Oh, I'm so excited about this recipe!!! I'm making chipotle honey roasted peanuts for gifts, but this would be perfect for those sensitive to heat. Thank you for posting! Can't wait to sample some...


Wednesday 2nd of December 2009

Cakelaw: They make the perfect gift!

Jen: Oh I hope you like them :)

Sue: I was looking through my cabinet and saw it staring my in the face so I decided to throw it in. I think our little Thanksgiving together was perfect :)

Chiara: I hope your family enjoys them!

Sarah: Always good for the extra nuts laying around :)

Debbie: Oh yeah it's adds a little something special.


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