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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 cook 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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Beverly

Tuesday 7th of July 2020

Can you use other nuts

Tanya

Wednesday 8th of July 2020

Hi Beverly, I haven't tested with any other nuts but I don't see why not.

Pamela

Saturday 4th of July 2020

I want to add maple to the recipe. Should I replace maple for the water? Also, I have a ninja foodi grill and wanted to know if I should use the air fryer or the roast option for best results? This will be my second round of trying. The first time was in the oven and they had a burnt taste.

Tanya

Saturday 4th of July 2020

Hi Pamela, I wouldn't replace the water in the recipe, that helps give it its untra crunchy exterior and I honestly don't know how maple would hold up as a replacement. You could also try adding a little to the mixture, but note that you would need to check on them sooner so they don't burn. I don't have a foodi grill but the air fryer option should work fine so long as you check on them and mix them.

Sarah

Monday 25th of May 2020

It says to save the egg yolk but it don’t say to use it I wasted another egg to get a yolk.

Pamela

Saturday 4th of July 2020

@Sarah, I'm glad you asked this question. I kept thinking I was missing something.

Tanya

Monday 25th of May 2020

Hi Sarah, Yes, save the egg yolk for another recipe. You can store it in the fridge. I usually scramble the yolk and eat it for breakfast.

CHRISTIE BOWERS

Friday 17th of January 2020

Just got an air fryer for Christmas!!! Just made this recipe.... these were awesome!!! I already made a second batch. So simple and delicious..Thank you!!:)

Susan

Wednesday 1st of January 2020

Hello! I love several of your recipes, including this one. But, But, wondering why it said 1/4 tsp of salt in the “ingredient” list, but wasn’t mentioned again? Thank you!

Tanya

Wednesday 1st of January 2020

Hi Susan, that was an error on my part, my apologies. The salt should be added when adding the sugars and cinnamon. Just updated the post and recipe card to reflect that. Thanks :)