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15 Minute Sugared Pecans

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These Quick and Easy Candied Cinnamon Sugared Pecans are delicious and perfect for snacking, salads, and gift-giving. They are coated with the perfect cinnamon and sugar mixture and will be loved by everyone who loves candied nuts.

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I recall first seeing candied pecans at a store in the mall while I was in college. They were delicious and coated in the most delicious sugar mixture. I vowed to find a way to make them at home. The traditional method, I found here, took about an hour of baking on low. Once I became an air fryer fan, I chose to try them in there.

Well, let’s just say, it worked! And rather than baking on low and slow for about an hour, I could air fry these pecans in 15 minutes and have perfect sugar-coated pecans. These are perfect for gift-giving, topping on salads, or just snacking when you want a sweet and light snack.

I also understand not everyone has an air fryer. You can use your oven to bake them low and slow on 250 Fahrenheit for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes. 

How to make Sugared Coated Pecans

First, separate an egg and save the yolk for later. Then place the egg white in a large bowl with water and vanilla extract and whisk until the egg white mixture is frothy. Then add the pecans and stir until they are fully coated. 

Then add the white and brown sugars, cinnamon, and salt to the pecans and stir until the pecans pieces are covered.

sugar on pecans in bowl with red spatula sticking out

Place in air fryer basket and spread out, it’s ok if your pecan pieces overlap a bit. 

pecans covered in sugar in air fryer basket

Cook on 300 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes.

finished sugared pecans in air fryer basket

Once your 15 minutes are up, remove the pecans and lay them on a parchment-lined baking sheet and allow them to cool for about 5-10 minutes. You’ll notice that the sugar will have hardened during this time. 

suagred pecans spread out on parchment paper

Store, enjoy or give away. 

Notes on Sugared Pecans:

  • Pecan halves are a must.
  • I did not spray my basket before placing the nuts in the basket. If you are concerned with sticking, use a parchment sheet liner on the bottom of your basket or lightly spray the basket with oil. 
  • As soon as I finish making the pecans, I place my air fryer basket in soap and water to ensure the sugar mixture does not stick and get stuck to the basket. That will avoid a harder clean up later. 
  • Store these nuts in an airtight container for up to 2-3 weeks, I use mason jars. They are perfect for gift giving.
  • I haven’t tested this method yet with other nuts because I’m a true pecan lover. If you choose to experiment with other nuts, I’d check on them earlier just to make sure they don’t overcook or burn. 
  • The 15 minute cook time and stirring every 5 minutes is key! I usually set a timer on my phone to make sure I stir it at the right time. Your pecans will not be hard after 15 minutes, they will harden when you lay them on the parchment paper after they cool. It scientifically makes sense as the sugar will harden while it cools. 
  • I used my 5.3 qt air fryer to make these pecans. If using a smaller basket, you’ll likely need to cook the pecans in batches.

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15 Minute Sugared Pecans

These Quick and Easy Candied Cinnamon Sugared Pecans are delicious and perfect for snacking, salads, and gift-giving. They are coated with the perfect cinnamon and sugar mixture and will be loved by everyone who loves candied nuts. 
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword cinnamon sugared pecans, sugared pecans
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Resting Time 5 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 12 people
Calories 331kcal
Author Tanya

Ingredients

  • 1 egg white from a large egg
  • 1 Tbsp water
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 lb pecan halves
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Instructions

  • First, separate an egg and save the yolk for later. Then place the egg white in a large bowl with water and vanilla extract and use a whisk to whisk until the egg white mixture is frothy. Then add the pecans and stir until they are fully coated.
  • Then add the white and brown sugars, cinnamon, and salt to the pecans and stir until the pecans pieces are covered. Place in air fryer basket and spread out, it’s ok if your pecan pieces overlap a bit.
  • Air fry on 300 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes. Once your 15 minutes are up, remove the pecans and lay them on a parchment-lined baking sheet and allow them to cool for about 5-10 minutes. You’ll notice that the sugar will have hardened in the 5 minutes.

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Notes

  • Pecan halves are a must. Smaller pieces will need a different cook time.
  • I did not spray my basket before placing the nuts in the basket. If you are concerned with sticking, use a parchment sheet liner on the bottom of your basket or lightly spray the basket with oil. 
  • Store these nuts in an airtight container for up to 2-3 weeks, I use mason jars. They are perfect for gift giving.
  • The 15 minute cook time and stirring every 5 minutes is key! I usually set a timer on my phone to make sure I stir it at the right time. Your pecans will not be hard after 15 minutes, they will harden when you lay them on the parchment paper after they cool. It scientifically makes sense as the sugar will harden while it cools. 
  • I used my 5.3 qt air fryer to make these pecans. For smaller air fryers, halve the recipe or cook in batches. 

Nutrition

Calories: 331kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 55mg | Potassium: 171mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 21IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 1mg
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Kimberly

Monday 28th of December 2020

Well this recipe is just dangerous lol! First recipe I've tried with my air fryer, so very good! Had to make in batches because mine is smaller, and will probably use parchment paper next time (because totally making this again lol).

Treva Hilliard

Tuesday 22nd of December 2020

These are fantastic

amartinez

Saturday 19th of December 2020

This is the easiest and BEST recipe I have ever tried.

Queenbee

Sunday 13th of December 2020

Can you do this and bake in oven

Tanya

Monday 14th of December 2020

yep, on 250F for about an hour stirring every 15 minutes.

Crystal

Sunday 29th of November 2020

We have a large air fryer with a rotating basket (that's how we cook french fries). Do you think the pecans could be put in there to cook?

Tanya

Monday 30th of November 2020

Hi Crystal, I haven't tried it that way so I can't be sure, but it should work. My main concern is that the rotating basket will get all gunky with the sugar sticking to it. It would be a pain to clean.