Holiday Yum: Spiced Pecans

art by Ellen M. Gregg

Welcome to our Holiday Yum series!  From November 17th to December 31st, a group of us bloggers will be posting our favorite holiday recipes for you to try out and enjoy.  We’ll have everything from cookies and candy and cakes to appetizers and roasts and mocktails!  For the full schedule so far, click on the Holiday Yum page tab.  As I get the hyperlinks to each post, I’ll insert them on that page.


Jenny Hansen started us off on Saturday with her post, A Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Made Easy, which includes terrific tips on adapting traditional recipes to make them gluten-free, along with a warning about sneaky places where gluten can lurk!  I have to say, I never even heard of cranberry fluff before.

Today, I’ll be sharing one of my favorite holiday appetizers: spiced pecans.  Every Thanksgiving, I bring them to my sis-in-law’s house for us to snack on as we all pitch in on the meal preparations, and I make more of them later in December to add to my Christmas cookie gift tins.  It’s just a few ingredients to toss together, and the cinnamon-y aroma fills the house while it’s baking.  A win-win!

Spiced Pecans 

Prep time: 15 minutes

Baking time: 45 minutes

photo by K.B. Owen


1 egg white

1 tbsp cold water

1 pound of shelled pecan halves

1 cup sugar

1 tsp salt

1tbsp cinnamon



Preheat oven to 275 degress Fahrenheit.  (That’s not a misprint: it’s a low-heat oven)

photo by K.B. Owen

Line a cookie sheet (the kind with a rim around it, also known as a jelly roll pan) with parchment paper.  This is an important step, because the coating for the pecans is sticky and even a non-stick surface will give you a hard time.



You’ll need two mixing bowls: one for the wet ingredients, and one for the dry.  If one bowl is larger, mix the dry ingredients in that one.

In the “dry” bowl, mix the sugar, salt, and cinnamon, and set aside.

Before we move on to the “wet” bowl, here’s a trick for separating egg yolks and whites:  crack the egg, then hold it on the vertical over a bowl as you detach the top.  Just let the white drip into the bowl, while cradling the yolk in the bottom half of the shell.  To get the rest of the white, “pour” the egg yolk back and forth between the top and bottom halves of the shell, allowing the remaining white to slosh over into the bowl.  Here’s the picture I tried to get, LOL:

Yep, it’s really hard to separate an egg AND take a photo of it at the same time. I think the camera’s a little sticky now.

Beat the egg white and water with a fork until frothy.

REALLY frothy.

Stir in the pecans and coat them well with the egg mixture.  They should like nice and shiny-slimy, like this:

It’s a good thing. Trust me. 😉

Dump the wet pecans in the sugar-cinnamon-salt mixture, and toss it all together until well coated.

Yummy cinnamon-sugar decadence.

Spread the mixture in a single layer (or as close as you can get) on the parchment-paper-covered cookie sheet.

Drooling yet?

Bake for 15 minutes, then pull them out and turn/stir them in the pan, re-spreading them in a single layer.  This part’s a little awkward, because the paper slides around a bit.

They’ll look kind of gooey the first time you stir them, and that’s fine.

Bake for another 15 minutes, then stir/re-spread again.

Bake for a final 15 minutes, then remove from the oven.  Let cool completely before storing – if they last that long!  😉  They should keep for a week or more.

Here they are, all prettied up.

Do you have a favorite recipe you’d like to share?  What food are you looking forward to this Thanksgiving?  Drop me a line in the comments – I’d love to hear from you!

Next recipe, Monday Nov 26th:  Ellen Gregg’s The Chocolatiest Chocolate Cake Evah (with lemonade!)

Wishing you and your family and Happy Thanksgiving, and safe travels.


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21 thoughts on “Holiday Yum: Spiced Pecans”

  1. Ellen M. GreggEllen M. Gregg

    Totally drooling, and adding these to my to-bring list for Thanksgiving. 🙂

  2. Jill KemererJill Kemerer

    These look sooooo yummy! And the recipe seems pretty easy too! Yum! Thanks!

  3. Marcy KennedyMarcy Kennedy

    I’m not normally a fan of nuts, but I have to admit that these look delicious!

  4. Loree HuebnerLoree Huebner

    Thanks for sharing this recipe! Yummy! I’m totally making these!

  5. Jenny HansenJenny Hansen

    OK, now I’m hungry and craving a trip to your kitchen! Happy Thanksgiving to you!!

  6. Kristy K. JamesKristy K. James

    Totally gonna try this. Sort of. My brother gave me a humungous bag of walnuts (shelled, even), and they’re in my freezer. So I’m thinking this recipe might work for those, too. God only knows what I’m going to do with 50 million pounds of walnuts if I don’t try something like this. 🙂

  7. PatriciaPatricia

    Yum! I love candies nuts. Looking forward to more deliciousness in future posts.

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt

  8. Renee Schuls-JacobsonRenee Schuls-Jacobson

    I make these, too…but without the egg. Sooo yummy! I’ll be putting them in a salad this Thanksgiving with apples. 🙂

  9. Amy KennedyAmy Kennedy

    I am totally making these! THanks for all the pics — need these!

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