Sugar Coated Pecans Recipe

Go nuts with this easy to make sweet-and-salty treat.
Sugar coated pecans can be served as a sweet and crunchy snack or used to garnish desserts.

Sugar coated pecans can be served as a sweet and crunchy snack or used to garnish desserts.

Sugar coated pecans can be served as a sweet and crunchy snack or used to garnish desserts.

Sugar coated pecans can be served as a sweet and crunchy snack or used to garnish desserts.

When I was growing up, school and church fundraisers usually involved door-to-door sales of candy bars. These days, at least here in the South, times have apparently changed. When fall fundraising rolls around, it’s not always chocolate on the other side of the door. It’s pecans. Shelled and sold by the sackful, it’s a clever change of strategy. Pecans are a staple of baking and cooking from the moment the first leaf hits the ground until the last holiday cookie has been eaten.

The familiar nut is popping up at farmers' markets, roadside stands and passed along by friends with enough land to support the large nut (and shade) trees and the patience to tend to them.

The crunchy, buttery and extremely versatile pecan will find its way into pies, cookies, candies, quick breads, stuffings and even soups each winter. But one of my favorite pecan recipes is deceptively simple.

Coated with egg white and tossed with cinnamon and sugar, the warm and woody taste of pecans is roasted to perfection in a sweet, crunchy shell. Quick and easy to make, they can be used to garnish seasonal desserts or eaten all by themselves. When the holidays hit, these simple delights can be packed into decorative jars for gift giving, but the season is young. The first batch is all yours.

Sugar Coated Pecans

  • 1 egg white
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 pound pecan halves
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Whisk egg white, water and vanilla together until frothy.

Stir pecans into egg whites to fully coat.

Combine sugar, salt and cinnamon in a large Ziploc bag.

Transfer pecans to Ziploc and shake to coat pecans with dry mix.

Spread pecans out on a greased baking sheet bake in a 250 degree oven for 50 minutes, stirring once after 25 minutes.

Store in an airtight container.

Next Up

Pecan Pie Recipe

Whip up this holiday classic using from-the-garden pecans.

How to Plant and Cultivate Nut Trees

Learn some helpful tips on growing almonds, chestnuts, pecans and hazelnuts.

The Horsechestnut Tree

Find out where George Washington planted this native American tree.

Growing Pecan Trees

Find out if planting a pecan tree is the right choice for your yard.

Quick Pickled Spicy Sugar Snap Peas

A crunchy pickle you won’t have to wait to enjoy.

Sugar Rush: Rose-Scented Sweets

Make your own rose petal sugar with this delicious and pretty recipe.

Lush Life: A Sugar Snap Pea Cocktail!

Get your greens in a glass with this refreshing drink.

A Cherry Blossom Dessert Recipe

D.C.'s famous festival puts cherries on top of everyone's minds.

Fig Leaf Rice Pilaf

The figs aren't the only prize growing on your fig tree. Try using the leaves to add flavor to rice.

Go Shopping

Spruce up your outdoor space with products handpicked by HGTV editors.


Home Town

1pm | 12c

Home Town

2pm | 1c

Home Town

3pm | 2c

Home Town

4pm | 3c

Home Town

5pm | 4c

Home Town

6pm | 5c

Home Town

7pm | 6c
On Tonight
On Tonight

Caribbean Life

8pm | 7c

Caribbean Life

8:30pm | 7:30c

Mexico Life

9pm | 8c

Mexico Life

9:30pm | 8:30c

Beach Hunters

10pm | 9c

Beach Hunters

10:30pm | 9:30c

Hawaii Life

11pm | 10c

Hawaii Life

11:30pm | 10:30c

Mexico Life

12am | 11c

Mexico Life

12:30am | 11:30c

Beach Hunters

1am | 12c

Beach Hunters

1:30am | 12:30c

Hawaii Life

2am | 1c

Hawaii Life

2:30am | 1:30c

Caribbean Life

3:30am | 2:30c

Follow Us Everywhere

Join the party! Don't miss HGTV in your favorite social media feeds.