Praline Pecans

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

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

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 to not make them for the whole family.

The hardest thing about this recipe is remembering to stir the nuts every 8 minutes. You can handle that? Right? 

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

However, this year was a little different. Art got a cold and we couldn’t go to his families Thanksgiving so instead, we had to stay home. I ran to the store bought some turkey thighs and ingredients to make stuffing so we could have our own tiny Thanksgiving for two. Everything turned out great and the neighbors even invited us over for dessert. We brought over some of these nuts, indulged in some pie and had a few glasses of wine.

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

Yesterday Art started feeling better so took the rest of our nuts up to Connecticut and had a small family visit. Even though our nuts were a day late I still think everyone was pumped I brought them along. And it was nice to get the nuts out of the house because once I start eating them I can’t stop. They are so addictive!

They are sweet with a hint of salt, cinnamon, and cocoa. It’s such a delicious blend that works great on pecans, walnuts, and even almonds!

Looking for more easy holiday treats? Try my Cream Sherry Bundt Cake, Brown Sugar Pecan Toffee, or my Peanut Butter Buckeyes


Praline Pecans

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

Yield: 2 pounds

Prep Time: 10 min

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes


  • 2 pounds pecan halves
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder


Preheat oven to 300 degrees and line a sheet pan with sides with parchment paper or a Silpat liner.

Whisk egg white and water together. Pour over pecans and coat nuts. Mix together remaining ingredients and pour over nuts. Make sure to completely coat nuts with sugar and spice mixture.

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 check on the nuts more often because these nuts can go from done to burnt in no time. 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.

When finished let cool for a few minutes, pour in bowl, line sheet pan again and cook remaining half of nuts.


35 Responses to “Praline Pecans”

  1. #
    girlichef — November 29, 2009 at 3:57 pm

    I know I would be happy, they sound killer! Hope you had a great weekend 😀

  2. #
    Natasha - 5 Star Foodie — November 29, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    Those sound yummy! I’ve got to make them for my daughter!

  3. #
    Faith — November 29, 2009 at 5:28 pm

    I’m glad to hear that Mr. NN is feeling better! I love praline pecans and your recipe looks delish. (Gorgeous photos too! 😉 ) When I go to the mall or the fair the phenomenal scent of praline nuts always lures me in!

  4. #
    jenn — November 29, 2009 at 6:05 pm

    Pecans are probably my favorite. No matter what you put them in. I take a big bag of these please.

  5. #
    Jen — November 29, 2009 at 8:21 pm

    Hi Brandy, these pecans look absolutely delicious. I would have definitely gobbled them up with the others! Thanks for the idea!

  6. #
    Sue — November 29, 2009 at 8:45 pm

    The looks/sounds so yummy!!!

  7. #
    Sue — November 29, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    Oops, I meant “That.” 🙂

  8. #
    donna — November 29, 2009 at 11:15 pm

    Oh My! These little treasures do sound so addicting.

  9. #
    Kelsey/TheNaptimeChef — November 29, 2009 at 11:36 pm

    Love it! I just made my spiced walnuts last week – they are perfect for this time of year.

  10. #
    Krissy @ The Food Addicts — November 30, 2009 at 12:43 am

    Praline pecans would’ve been great at our Thanksgiving party. It’s definitely different and unique! People could always use some of these to munch on after a huge dinner!

  11. #
    Simone (junglefrog) — November 30, 2009 at 3:10 am

    I love pecans! While they look so much like walnuts, they taste very different in my opinion. Much crunchier and these praline version just look to die for!!

  12. #
    Sarah, Maison Cupcake — November 30, 2009 at 5:27 am

    These look delicious. I don’t think they’d last long in our house!

  13. #
    Emily — November 30, 2009 at 5:43 am

    Holy cow, these look great! I want some.

  14. #
    grace — November 30, 2009 at 8:46 am

    praline pecans DEFINITELY count as candy, and they’re delicious! i can see how they might outshine a pie…after all, no silverware is required to eat them. 🙂

  15. #
    Heavenly Housewife — November 30, 2009 at 10:51 am

    These look so yummy! Wow, what I wouldnt have done to be your thanksgiving guest! Hope you had a fab one *kisses* HH

  16. #
    Blond Duck — November 30, 2009 at 1:43 pm

    If you have a pecan praline recipe (the candy one) to share, I will die in bliss and be your devoted servant forever…

  17. #
    megan — November 30, 2009 at 1:51 pm

    Ohhhhhhhhhmygod. I LOVE praline pecans. It was one of the treats we used to get when I went down South to visit my grandparents. I’ve never actually made them before, though. Totally trying them this weekend.

  18. #
    Mimi — November 30, 2009 at 2:39 pm

    I know from experience that you have to be quick to eat theses pecans around here. I like your recipe, especially the cocoa powder. Glad Mr. NN is feeling better.

  19. #
    CakeSpy — November 30, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    Nom nom nom! I love these (even though I haven’t yet tasted them). I think they’d be great party fare!

  20. #
    Palidor — November 30, 2009 at 6:12 pm

    I don’t think I’ve eaten pralines before. I’m missing out! Those look fantastic. I can see why everybody is crazy for them.

  21. #
    Christa — November 30, 2009 at 7:56 pm

    hi!! just found your blog and I love it! So simple and to the point… the point being delicious baked goods!!! Can’t wait to browse!
    -Mini Baker 🙂

  22. #
    nutmegnanny — December 1, 2009 at 12:18 am

    Girlichef: Anytime you want some nuts I shall send you some 🙂

    Natasha: I hope your daughter likes them!

    Faith: Oh I know! When I’m in the city and I smell those nuts I always get a bag 🙂

    Jenn: Big bag it is 🙂

    Jen: I hope you give them a try…they are super delicious.

    Sue: Thanks!

    Donna: They are! I don’t even like pecans that much and I generally can’t stop munching on them.

    Kelsey: I bet walnuts would word great with this recipe!

    Krissy: Oh yeah! I’m sure they would have fit in great 🙂

    Simone: I’m totally with you. I HATE walnuts but I can at least tolerate pecans…haha.

    Sarah: Well I hope you would get some before they disappeared 🙂

    Emily: Thanks!

    Grace: Finger food always outshines that fancy plate food…haha.

    Heavenly Housewife: Thanks! I know you don’t celebrate Thanksgiving but I hope you had a happy Thursday 🙂

    Blond Duck: Hmmmm I don’t think I actually have a real candy recipe. Although these are just as sweet as candy!

    Megan: I hope you like them!

    Mimi: Thanks. The cocoa powder really adds a lot of flavor.

    CakeSpy: Haha well I hope you love them as much if you try them 🙂

    Palidor: Trust me they are amazing! I hope you give them a whirl 🙂

    Christa: I’m so happy you like my blog! Thanks for visiting 🙂

  23. #
    Cakelaw — December 1, 2009 at 12:52 am

    These look delicious! Another item to consider for Christmas gift boxes.

  24. #
    Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction — December 1, 2009 at 11:40 am

    These look fantastic… I was just thinking that I wanted to make some spiced nuts for the holidays, and now I think I have the perfect recipe. Beautiful!

  25. #
    Sue — December 1, 2009 at 2:50 pm

    Those look amazing. I love having nuts like that around to sprinkle on things, but also to serve with drinks. What made you think to add the cocoa?

    You may look back and find that this Thanksgiving à deux was actually one of your favorites.

  26. #
    Chiara — December 1, 2009 at 3:13 pm

    I’m collecting a bunch of recipes to make spiced pecans/nuts because I want to give them as presents for Christmas (I’m broke!!!) Thanks for sharing this one, they sounds amazing!

  27. #
    sarah — December 2, 2009 at 12:16 pm

    Great recipe! Now I know what to do with the extra pecans I have left from thanksgiving!!!

  28. #
    Debbie — December 2, 2009 at 12:25 pm

    Sounds delish…especially since one of the ingredients is cocoa powder!!!!

  29. #
    nutmegnanny — December 2, 2009 at 2:51 pm

    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.

  30. #
    Veronica — December 7, 2009 at 12:31 am

    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…

  31. #
    Diane — January 1, 2010 at 11:05 pm

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

  32. #
    Clarissa — January 23, 2018 at 12:09 pm

    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)


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