Spiced Pecans


My aunt, who grew up in the original Fountain Avenue kitchen, shared this simple recipe with me years ago, and it has been a favorite in our house ever since.

These pecans are so easy to prepare and hard to resist.  The incorporation of an egg white creates a crispy, crunchy, sugar coating while the cinnamon adds just the right amount of spice.  A handful of these satisfy pre-dinner munchies, and a small bowl set out for company is sure to delight.   Added to one of my favorite salads–Apple Pecan Spring Greens with Maple-Dijon Vinaigrette–these pecans create a flavor-marriage made in heaven and supply the hint of crunch every good salad needs!

Spiced Pecans
For years, I made this recipe with the oven set to 300 degrees F. More recently, I have cooked them at 275 degrees. The nuts turn out just as well but the chance of them over-browning if you miss the timer by a few minutes (which I have done once or twice!) is greatly reduced. This tends to be more helpful when using a dark-coated pan or if your oven tends to cook on the hot side.
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  1. 1 pound whole pecans
  2. 1 egg white plus one tablespoon water
  3. 1 cup sugar
  4. 1 teaspoon sea or kosher salt
  5. 1 rounded teaspoon cinnamon
  1. In a large bowl, whisk egg white with water until frothy. (I do this with a fork or small whisk.) Add pecans and gently toss to coat. In a small bowl, combine sugar, cinnamon, and salt. Pour over pecans and mix thoroughly.
  2. Place in a shallow, greased baking pan and bake at 300 degrees for 45 minutes (see comment above), stirring every 15 minutes. When done, spread on another baking sheet and cool thoroughly. Store in an air-tight container. The pecans will stay fresh on counter for several days. I like to store them in the refrigerator where they will stay fresh for quite a while...not that they will last too long!
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A favorite way to use these pecans…salad recipe linked above.

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  3. Martha

    My family loves these…I just keep making them over and over. LOL They are great to make ahead of time and store in the freezer until needed. They will still come out crunchy. Thanks for an awesome recipe.

    1. Ann

      I am so glad you love them as much as we do, Martha! Have you tried them in the Apple Pecan Spring Greens Salad? We love them all by themselves, but that salad is my favorite way to include them in something. Thank you for the great comment!

  4. Starling Krutz

    I just made these yesterday — and have discovered that if I want to have any left for gifting I need to hide them. Because it was what I had on hand, one batch was made with mixed nuts, pecans, almonds and cashews.

    Happy Holidays to you and yours!

    1. Ann

      I love how you used a mix of nuts, Starling, and I know what you mean about hiding them! They are hard to resist! Thank you for the comment and happy holidays to you, too!

  5. Terra

    Candied pecans and walnuts are my favorite! I was just asking a chef at one of the restaurants I was auditing about a recipe! Now I can enjoy you recipe instead, love the idea of a crunch to my pecans! Yum, hugs, Terra

  6. Jeanne

    You were reading my mind, Ann. I need to make these quick for tomorrow and you posted it just in time. These alone make me eat a salad!!! Merry Christmas!

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