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Sweet and Salty Candied Pecans

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  • Author: Cindy @mycountrytable
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 4 cups 1x
  • Category: Snack
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American


These Sweet and Salty Candied Pecans are buttery, crunchy and sweet with a sprinkling of sea salt. They are absolutely addictive and great for snacking or for mixing in salads


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  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 large egg whites
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 4 cups of pecan halves
  • Sea salt


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place the butter on a large baking sheet and melt in the oven. Once melted, remove the pan from the oven.
  2. In a small bowl, mix the sugar, cinnamon and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the egg whites and vanilla until they’re very frothy. Toss the pecans in the egg white mixture until they’re are all coated in the mixture. Add the sugar mixture and toss several times with a spatula or large spoon until all of the pecans are evenly coated.
  4. Spread the pecans evenly on the baking sheet. Bake for 30 minutes, stopping every 10 minutes to flip the nuts over with a metal spatula or pancake turner.
  5. Remove from the oven and sprinkle sea salt over the tops of the pecans.  Allow pecans to cool for 15 minutes before serving or storing. I suggest running the metal spatula under the pecans to loosen them from the pan when they come out of the oven and again in 2 to 3 minutes.
  6. Store the nuts in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.