Candied Pecans

Posted on Dec 11 2013 - 9:29am by Whitney
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I don’t like pecans. Growing up, my mother used to put pecans in everything she baked. I hated it. I still do. I would always make her do a batch of cookies or cake first without nuts. Most of the time, and still now she “forgets” to leave them out. I think she hates me.

Apparently, though, I like pecans when they don’t taste like pecans. And candied pecans don’t taste like pecans. They taste like candy. If you are a member of the pecan haters club, like me, then candied pecans are the way to go. For all you pecan lovers out there, boo on you (just kidding), and here is another recipe for you. (I also love pecan pie…is that weird?)

Baking this recipe will have your kitchen smelling like a bakery. These pecans would be great for a party, or even to wrap in individual bags to give as gifts. Try not to eat all of them at once, yeah?DSC_1341


  • 6 cups pecan halves
  • 2 egg whites
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp cardamom powder
  • 2 tsp salt

To Make:

Heat the oven to 300. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper or if you have a silpat, use that.

Add the egg whites and water in a large bowl. Using a hand mixer, beat on medium high until you get stiff peaks. Takes about 5 minutes. Be sure not to over-beat, or the peaks will begin to regress.

Fold in all the spices. Fold in the pecans.

Pour the pecan mixture onto the cookie sheets, and spread out evenly.

Bake for about 45 minutes, stirring every 15-20 minutes. Make sure you don’t burn the pecans! Once finished, let the pecans cool completely.

As long as you keep them in an airtight container, they will keep for several weeks.


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  1. whatthemom December 27, 2013 at 4:50 pm - Reply

    I have a recipe similar to this without cardamom, I’ll have to try your recipe!

  2. thebakingathome December 12, 2013 at 8:23 am - Reply

    another person garbage… here, pecans are so rare you can get them only in tiny bags as luxury nuts! we have plenty of walnuts, little cousins of pecans in taste. I would really like to make the recipe, I would try to substitute them if they don’t taste afterwards like pecans.I would let you know

    • whitegirllovesindianfood December 12, 2013 at 1:58 pm - Reply

      Where do you live? You could definitely use walnuts in this recipe, even almonds. They of course won’t taste like pecans, but I am sure it would still be yummy!

      • thebakingathome December 13, 2013 at 8:08 am - Reply

        I live in Crete, Greece, other side of the world! Almonds, nice! Will let you know!

  3. Harini December 12, 2013 at 3:54 am - Reply

    This looks yum,I shall try out with some substitute for eggs.You have a lovely space here,visit me sometime :)

  4. chinskitchen December 11, 2013 at 3:56 pm - Reply

    These look and sound scrumptious

  5. Joanne December 11, 2013 at 2:11 pm - Reply

    Have just printed off your recipe, shall purchase the pecans this afternoon and come the week-end… it’s operation Candied Pecans – thank you for sharing!

    • whitegirllovesindianfood December 11, 2013 at 6:24 pm - Reply

      Yay! I love baking operations! I just purchased the supplies to make fudge and I can’t wait! I looooove fudge. Also- I wrote wax paper instead of parchment paper..for whatever reason, so don’t use wax paper when baking! Haha. I hope you like them!

      • Joanne December 11, 2013 at 10:24 pm - Reply

        Hmmm, I did wonder about the wax paper when I read that – glad you clarified it for me! If the pecans are a success you’ll hear ALL about it next week otherwise we shall never speak of this again, lol :)

  6. Marie Ramona December 11, 2013 at 11:54 am - Reply

    These look so yummy! I am going to use this recipe for my Holiday celebrations!
    I am in the like pecans team (don’t judge me!). lol

    • whitegirllovesindianfood December 11, 2013 at 6:22 pm - Reply

      I hope you like them! They are really tasty and such a good small gift! Please note that I made a brain fart and typed wax paper instead of parchment paper. So when you bake, take that into consideration!
      No judging! =p

  7. kellymudry December 11, 2013 at 11:48 am - Reply

    Doesn’t NOT liking pecans mean you have to renounce your American citizenship?? LOL. Ground pepper is nice with roasted nuts too – gives it a little kick

    • whitegirllovesindianfood December 11, 2013 at 6:18 pm - Reply

      Haha! I dunno about renouncing American citizenship, but it probably renounces my Southern heritage. Ha! Ground pepper is good in nuts, but I just wanted these sweet =) I used pepper in the spiced pecans I made, though. Well, red chili powder.

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