Thanksgiving Cinnamon Candied Pecans

I absolutely cannot listen to the song ‘Hotline Bling’ even one more time. Cannot. Other than the line “you used to call me on my cellphone” none of the other words sound like words. This is how I sing it, “you used to call me on my cellphone. late night when you need my love. call me cellphone. i know when my all that wing, that can only mean one thing.” Dear Radio, please stop playing this miserable song. Pleeeeeease.

We officially had our first snowfall in Colorado last night. It’s gross this morning. It’s beautiful and I love it (because I don’t work at my gym at 6am today), but it’s still gross. The roads suck, it’s so cold and it means I have to wear snow boots again. But you know what it may help with? Keeping my strange neighbors 12 year old son from running in his boxers in the backyard at 8 in the morning, setting off fireworks then pouring water on top of them. That was f*cking weird to look at from my kitchen window early yesterday morning. We need to get a privacy fence up ASAP. One day I was in the backyard trying to get Jackson to come in, and I heard this little boy/girl voice yelling at me saying, “Thanks for calling the cops on us!” What? What cops? Who are you? And why are you running around in your little boxers with your tiny pale 12 year old legs flailing about? I guess we all have to have THAT neighbor huh? So weird.

I’m pumped for the holidays this year! Why? Because I get to host them! Well, Christmas at least. I don’t want to host Thanksgiving, that’s way too much food to have to take responsibility for. So since I’m hosting Christmas, that means no going to Nebraska and no spending it at a parent’s friends house. Nope, I make the rules this year. I make the food, I make the cocktails, I figure out the games, and I have the house decorated. Fudge, I don’t have the house decorated. I keep thinking of an idea of how I want a wall to look then BOOM, it doesn’t come together. And another thing, we don’t even have blinds on our back windows. That sh*t is expensive. But remember, we don’t have a privacy fence. And we have naked children neighbors that can see in…*shudders*. Ordering blinds today…

I showed my fiancé this picture and he thought these were chicken wings. Fail, Juli, fail. But they are not chicken wings, they are delicious candied nuts. More delicious than the ones you get at the fair, and waaaaay better for you. You’re definitely going to want to make these because they are going in a sweet potato casserole on the blog tomorrow! Might as well make these tonight so you’re prepared tomorrow for testing out a new Thanksgiving recipe!



Thanksgiving Cinnamon Candied Pecans

  • Yield: 3 cups 1x




  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silpat.
  2. Place sugars, cinnamon and salt in a bowl and whisk together.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together egg white, water and vanilla extract until egg whites become frothy. Add pecan halves to bowl and toss until coated. Then add sugar mixture to the large bowl, leaving behind 2 tablespoons of the sugar for later, toss until completely coated.
  4. Place on baking sheet in a single layer. Put in oven for 40-45 minutes, tossing every 15 minutes to help cook evenly on all sides.
  5. Once the pecans are done cooking, remove from oven, sprinkle with the last of the sugars then let cool completely on baking sheet.
  6. Store in air tight container.

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39 thoughts on “Thanksgiving Cinnamon Candied Pecans”

  1. These look amazing. Do you think they’d turn out OK using only the coconut sugar (1/2 cup)? I have a giant bag I need to put to use.

  2. Love, love, love your new cookbook. We are doing a 25 day sugar detox at my gym and I recommend it every chance I get. Everyone is bummed about the detox, but I have literally made my best meals ever from your new cookbook in the last two weeks (pesto shrimp stuffed peppers and flank steak with chimichurri). I cannot wait to try all of your sweet recipes once the detox is over. Thanks for making healthy eating soooo delicious and fun!

  3. Get out of my brain! I was just thinking about making candied pecans with coconut sugar and wham! — your email hits my inbox like the recipe fairy came to life. I will definitely be making these tonight!

    On that note: I seriously love your site. It’s the only recipe site I come back to again and again, because your recipes kick ass. Like your easy breakfast casserole? Holy crap. I have literally eaten, like, 20 of those casseroles in the last year. Thanks for all the awesomeness!

  4. Do you soak your nuts first? And how long will these keep – if I make them now do I need to refrigerate them to hold them until Thanksgiving?

  5. These look super dangerous, like the kind of thing that I would eat the whole bowl of and not be able to eat any of my turkey. I’m totally ok with that though!

    Do you think it would work to make these in a pan rather than baking them?

  6. If you need temporary blinds, Home Depot and IKEA have blinds that use post it type adhesive (it stronger), and work great until you can get your permanent ones.

  7. You just saved my life, brought these in for a carry in for a coworkers birthday. I am the new hero 🙂 Thanks, as always.

  8. My Thrive order with my maple sugar may not arrive on time! Can I substitute maple syrup instead? If so, would I just add it to the wet ingredients? Thank you Juli!

  9. Planning on making these for a holiday party tomorrow! Quick question – I know you said parchment paper but last time I put parchment paper in the oven – it burned! Maybe it’s the brand I have (it’s a green/eco-friendly brand) but I was wondering if lining the pan with tin foil and maybe some nonstick spray would work just as well.

  10. OMG! These were so good! I made them for Thanksgiving. I have a friend that is allergic to most nuts except peanuts. Could I substitute the pecans with peanuts?

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