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Praline Pecans – The perfect crunchy sweet and salty snack

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These praline pecans are some of the easiest snacks you will ever make. Store them in an airtight container for up to two weeks.

This post was originally published on December 11, 2015, but has recently been updated.

One of my all-time favorite candies at Christmas is Praline Pecans. I love making these all times of the year, but during the holidays, these are perfect for gift baskets, appetizers for a party, or just a snack while you are watching your favorite Christmas movie.

How to Make Praline Pecans

You only need a few ingredients when you are making this Praline Pecans recipe. All of these are pantry ingredients you should have on hand (if you stocked it as I told you to — here's the free printable fall pantry checklist).

Start by mixing together the brown sugar, sugar, cinnamon, and salt and set aside.

In another bowl, mix together an egg white and water. Mix that together and then, in a large bowl, combine pecans with egg white and water.

Then toss in the cinnamon-sugar mixture and coat all the pecans well.

Now, line a tray with aluminum foil (please do not forget this step. You will thank me later). Pour out your pecans on this tray and put them in a preheated 250-degree oven.

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You will bake them for one hour. Every 15 minutes, pull them out and stir them. It will look yucky as it is baking, but don't give up. They will turn out amazing and delicious.

Once they come out, mix one last time and let the sugars harden on the nuts. Once they do, you can store them in mason jars, or serve them just like we did — in a bowl on a beautiful napkin.

Yield: 4 cups

Praline Pecans

Praline Pecans

If you want a delicious sweet and salty crunch snack, make a batch of these Praline Pecans.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes


  • 12 ounces of Pecan halves
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg white
  • 1 tablespoon of water
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • Aluminum foil


  1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees.
  2. Line cookie sheet with aluminum foil and set aside.
  3. In a bowl, beat egg white and water until frothy. Set aside.
  4. In another bowl, combine sugars, cinnamon, and salt. Set aside.
  5. Take pecans and mix with egg and water mixture. Stir until all pecans have been coated.
  6. Pour in your sugar mixture and continue to stir pecans until they are coated well in sugar mixture.
  7. Pour pecans onto the foil lined cookie sheet and bake in the oven for 1 hour.
  8. Every 15 minutes remove from the oven and stir with a silicone spatula.
  9. At the end of the hour, remove from the oven and allow pecans to cool. Box up and give as a gift or serve at a party or function.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 264Total Fat: 21gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 18gCholesterol: 16mgSodium: 96mgCarbohydrates: 20gFiber: 3gSugar: 17gProtein: 3g

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Debi Hebner

Sunday 7th of March 2021

How many pecans do you get in one serving? This recipe looks delicious. Thanks for sharing.

Jennifer Sikora

Friday 12th of March 2021

I am not sure. A serving to me is the whole bag! Just kidding. I think about 1/2 cup??


Tuesday 2nd of March 2021

Just made these, yum! Could hardly wait for them to cool! So good, such an easy recipe, thanks for sharing!

Jennifer Sikora

Wednesday 3rd of March 2021

I know right? They are absolutely delicious! Be on the lookout for more candied nut recipes coming soon!


Monday 28th of December 2020

I made these for Christmas. My family thought I bought them. They said they tasted like they came from Buccee’s. They went over very well. My son bought more pecans to make more. Thanks for the recipe.

Jennifer Sikora

Friday 1st of January 2021

So glad to hear your family loves these! We do too.

Latrina Abraham

Wednesday 12th of August 2020

Can I make these with brown sugar only?

Jennifer Sikora

Thursday 3rd of September 2020

I don't see why not? They would taste amazing.


Saturday 8th of August 2020

Made this today. Super easy. Family LOVED it. My dad is going out tomorrow to get more pecans!

Jennifer Sikora

Monday 10th of August 2020

So glad! We love this too. They are perfect for snacking and I love adding them to salads.

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