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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


  • 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


  • 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.



  • 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. 


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