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 praline pecans for Thanksgiving. Why you ask? Well a few years ago I made an apple butter pumpkin pie and make some of these delicious nuts to sprinkle on top of the pie. While the pie was good the nuts where even better! People gobbled them down like they were candy…well they sorta are but you know what I mean. Since then it is understood I will be bringing these nuts for Thanksgiving and I will more than likely not be bringing any of them home…hahaha. This year was a little different though. My wonderful boyfriend got a cold and we couldn’t go to his families gathering so instead we had to stay home. I ran to the store bought some turkey thighs and ingredients to make stuffing and went home. I had already made the nuts so I took some to the neighbors and Mr. Nutmeg Nanny and I had our own little Thanksgiving. Everything turned out great and the neighbors even invited us over for dessert. We had some delicious pie and a few glasses of wine…ok four…but in my defense it was really tasty!

Yesterday my boyfriend was finally feeling better so we went up to visit his family. I took my left over nuts and although I didn’t have the full two pounds everyone was happy to finish them up. Even the little kids were popping them in their mouth. The moral of this story is this…..

Try these nuts and your family will be happy πŸ™‚ Oh do you want to know what they taste like? They are sweet, a little hint of salt, a smidgen of cinnamon and the delicate chocolate taste of cocoa. In other words…their delicious!!!


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

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.

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.

Grease cookie sheet (with sides) and do nuts in two batches. You do not want to crowd the pan. I like to make sure the nuts are in one layer on the sheet. Put in oven and toss every 8 minutes till they have cooked for 40 minutes. Towards the end I like to check on my 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, grease sheet again and cook other half of nuts.

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

34 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 πŸ˜€

  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! πŸ˜‰ ) 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.” πŸ™‚

  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. πŸ™‚

  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 πŸ™‚

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

    Girlichef: Anytime you want some nuts I shall send you some πŸ™‚

    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 πŸ™‚

    Jenn: Big bag it is πŸ™‚

    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 πŸ™‚

    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 πŸ™‚

    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 πŸ™‚

    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 πŸ™‚

    Palidor: Trust me they are amazing! I hope you give them a whirl πŸ™‚

    Christa: I’m so happy you like my blog! Thanks for visiting πŸ™‚

  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 Γ  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 πŸ™‚

    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 πŸ™‚

    Chiara: I hope your family enjoys them!

    Sarah: Always good for the extra nuts laying around πŸ™‚

    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!


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