This easy recipe for Homemade Candied Nuts makes an excellent Christmas gift or hostess gift for friends and family or just a delicious holiday snack to munch on.

candied nuts in a mason jar with pine branch and plaid napkin


 

These cinnamon sugar pecans and walnuts are great for many holiday occasions. Put a large bowl of them out at your holiday party and watch them disappear. You can mix them in with some popcorn for your holiday movie marathons or add them to a bowl of ice cream. You can even sprinkle them in your winter salad!

This candied nut recipe also makes a great homemade gift! Give jars of them to your friends, family, co-workers, boss, or anyone to whom you wish to spread a little holiday cheer.

You can also try our slow cooker spiced nuts for those in your life who like a hint spice with their sweet!

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Candied Nuts ingredients

Ingredients You’ll Need

  • Egg – You only need the egg white, not the yolk.
  • Sugar – You will want regular granulated sugar as well as dark brown sugar for these nuts.
  • Ground cinnamon – A staple in holiday baking.
  • Nuts – Pecans and Walnuts. If you’re feeling adventurous you can also try almonds, cashews, or peanuts.

If you want to add a little heat to your candied pecans, try adding a little cayenne pepper.

How to Make Candied Nuts in the Oven

Step 1 – Preheat – Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.

Step 2 – Toss sugar and cinnamon – In a large bowl toss together the white sugar, brown sugar, and cinnamon.

Step 3 – Whisk egg white – In a separate bowl add the egg white and 1 tablespoon of water. Use a whisk or a hand mixer to whisk together until the egg whites become super frothy.

Step 4 – Add nuts – Place your nuts in the bowl with the egg whites and stir together until they are well coated.

Step 5 – Sugar nuts – Use a fork, or a slotted spoon, to move the nuts to the sugar mixture bowl. Toss with the sugar and they are well coated.

how to make candied nuts

Step 6 – Place on baking sheet – Once the nuts are coated in cinnamon and sugar place them on a parchment paper lined baking sheet or silicone mat. It’s ok if some touch, you can break them apart when they come out of the oven, but make sure it is just one single layer. You don’t want them stacked up on each other.

Step 7 – Bake – Bake at 300 degrees F for 25-30 minutes, stopping halfway through to toss the nuts around a little before letting them finish baking.

Step 8 – Cool – Once they finish baking, remove from the oven, let them cool completely, and serve or store them for later.

candied nuts on a sheet pan
Why Are My Candied Pecans Chewy?

Chewy or sticky sugared pecans most likely weren’t cooked long enough. The heat from the oven melts the sugar and gives it a crunch but it also helps to toast the nuts. Toasting the nuts dries them out so that they have a crisper texture when you bite into them.

If your pecans are perfect when they come out of the oven but are slightly chewy or sticky a few days later this may be due to the level of humidity in air. Moisture from the air can be absorbed by the nuts softening them and breaking down the sugar.

You can try to fix this issue by lining a baking sheet with parchment paper and pouring the candied nuts back onto it. Place in a 325-degree oven and bake for 10 minutes. This should help to dry out the nuts and return their crisper flavor.close up candied nuts in a mason jar

How Long Do Candied Nuts Last?

You can store your nuts at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 1 week. If, after a few days, your nuts become soft or chewy, see instructions above for how to make them crispy again.

You can store your nuts in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up 2 – 3 weeks.

You can store your nuts in the freezer in an airtight container for up to 2 months.

Are Glazed and Candied Pecans the Same?

No, they are not the same thing.

Typically candied pecans use white and brown sugar and egg whites which bake onto the nuts creating a sweet crust.

Glazed pecans use brown sugar, corn syrup, and butter which make a syrup that bakes into the nuts in a sweet, shiny coating.

mason jar over filled with candied nuts

Can You Freeze Candied Nuts?

Yes, you can freeze candied nuts. Let them cool completely and store in an airtight freezer bag in the freezer for up to 2 months.

When you’re ready to take them out of the freezer remove them from the bag and let them come to room temperature. You want to do this outside of the bag so that condensation doesn’t form and get on the nuts causing them to become soft and sticky.

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Servings: 10
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

Homemade Candied Nuts

This easy recipe for Homemade Candied Nuts makes an excellent Christmas gift or hostess gift for friends and family or just a delicious holiday snack to munch on.
candied nuts in a mason jar with pine branch and plaid napkin
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Ingredients

  • 1 large Egg white
  • 1/2 cup Sugar, granulated
  • 1/4 cup Dark brown sugar, packed
  • 2 teaspoons Ground cinnamon
  • 16 ounces Pecans halves
  • 8 ounces Walnuts

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
  • In a large bowl toss together the white sugar, brown sugar, and cinnamon.
  • In a separate bowl add the egg white and 1 tablespoon of water. Use a whisk or a hand mixer to whisk together until the egg whites become super frothy.
  • Once the coating ingredients are ready place your nuts in the bowl with the egg whites and stir together until they are well coated.
  • Use a fork, or a slotted spoon, to move the nuts to the sugar mixture bowl. Toss with the sugar and they are well coated.
  • Once the nuts are coated in cinnamon and sugar place them on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. It’s ok if some touch you can break them apart when they come out of the oven but make sure it is just one layer, you don’t want them stacked up on each other.
  • Bake at 300 degrees F for 25-30 minutes, stopping halfway through to toss the nuts around a little before letting them finish baking.
  • Once they finish baking, remove from the oven and let them cool completely and then serve or store them for later.

Nutrition

Serving: 3ounces, Calories: 524kcal, Carbohydrates: 25g, Protein: 8g, Fat: 47g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Sodium: 7mg, Potassium: 298mg, Fiber: 6g, Sugar: 18g, Vitamin A: 25IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 63mg, Iron: 2mg
Nutrition Disclaimer: We are not certified nutritionists. Nutrition facts are an estimate and are provided as a courtesy. They are generated by an online API which recognizes ingredient names and amounts and makes calculations based on the serving size. Results may vary.
Author: Kat Jeter & Melinda Caldwell
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: candied nuts, candied nuts recipe, candied pecans, candied pecans with brown sugar, cinnamon sugar pecans, sugared pecans
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