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!Print
Thanksgiving Cinnamon Candied Pecans
- Yield: 3 cups 1x
- 1/4 cup coconut sugar
- 1/4 cup maple sugar
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- pinch of salt
- 1 egg white
- 1 teaspoon water
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 cups pecan halves
- Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silpat.
- Place sugars, cinnamon and salt in a bowl and whisk together.
- 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.
- 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.
- Once the pecans are done cooking, remove from oven, sprinkle with the last of the sugars then let cool completely on baking sheet.
- Store in air tight container.
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Maple Vanilla Candied Walnuts on page 210 in Juli Bauer’s Paleo Cookbook
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39 thoughts on “Thanksgiving Cinnamon Candied Pecans”
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.
This is a great website with ides for hosting parties including decorations, invitations, flowers, etc. You might find some ideas for your Christmas party.
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!
that’s so awesome!! i think once you find recipes that are delicious, you don’t miss the sugar near as much!
What type of maple sugar do you use? I don’t think I’ve ever seen any before.
You can find it at Whole Foods or a local natural food store usually carries it. Otherwise the best price online is here – https://thrivemarket.com/shady-maple-farms-organic-pure-maple-sugar? or you can also find it on Amazon.
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!
thank you so much, Rachel! hope you love every recipe you try in the future!!
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?
no i did not, just used raw
Think you could do this without the egg and maybe use Coconut Oil? I have a Vegan in the house 🙂
that would still work, the sugar won’t stick quite as well so be sure to sprinkle extra on top at the end!
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?
i’m sure that would work too!
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.
that’s very true, I totally forgot about those!
Do you think I could use walnuts instead of pecans?? I got them my accident 🙁
Thanks so much! Love your new book and your blog….your awesome! I’m making these today!
A paleo version of candied nuts? I didnt know that existed and Im beyond excited to try this recipe!
Now I have hotline bling stuck in my head…
nooooo! it may be worse than having gwen stefani’s new song stuck in your head
Do you think this would work with cashews and almonds mixed in? Maybe 1 cup of each?
You just saved my life, brought these in for a carry in for a coworkers birthday. I am the new hero 🙂 Thanks, as always.
You ROCK! Any thoughts on how long they would be good for? Hoping to make ahead of Thanksgiving . 🙂
they will be fine for up to a week if you just let them cool completely and store in an airtight container at room temp!
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!
no, i would use coconut sugar instead
Great! Thank you!! Happy Thanksgiving!
Would it be more beneficial to cook these on parchment paper, or straight on the baking sheet?
parchment paper, that’s why i said on parchment paper
At what temperature?
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.
These were so great to have at our Christmas parties this year! The leftovers are awesome on your Fall Harvest Chopped Salad!
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?