This makes a great gift. Put pecans in mason jar and tie lid with ribbon or raffia. My family and friends love them and request them every holiday. Easy and inexpensive gift. Adjust spice to your liking.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
20 mins
additional:
15 mins
total:
45 mins
Servings:
16
Yield:
4 cups
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Ingredients

16
Original recipe yields 16 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil. Pour butter over foil layer.

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  • Whisk sugar, egg whites, cinnamon, and cayenne pepper together in a large bowl. Add pecans and toss to fully coat. Spread coated pecans on the buttered baking sheet.

  • Bake in the preheated oven, stirring and flipping pecans after 10 minutes, until pecans are toasted, about 20 minutes. Cool pecans on baking sheet for 15 minutes.

Cook's Note:

Make sure the pecans are tossed around on cookie sheet while baking to ensure they don't burn on one side. Careful not to break the foil.

Nutrition Facts

308 calories; protein 3.5g; carbohydrates 16.8g; fat 27.2g; cholesterol 15.3mg; sodium 51.3mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (15)

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Rating: 5 stars
04/20/2019
I would not change a thing. This recipe is amazing!!! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
12/20/2018
I made these per the recipe and they were neither sweet or spicy. They were also rather greasy feeling from all the butter. Read More
15 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 14
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Rating: 5 stars
01/10/2016
Super recipe!! Much less time consuming than similar recipes where you roast the pecans separately. I added 1/2 tsp. salt and used half white half brown sugar. In place of cayenne I used cardamom one of my favorite spices. Many thanks for this recipe it's a keeper! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/20/2019
I would not change a thing. This recipe is amazing!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/01/2017
I followed the ingredients to the letter but cooked it for 30 minutes. I will be making this again. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
12/20/2018
I made these per the recipe and they were neither sweet or spicy. They were also rather greasy feeling from all the butter. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
12/21/2015
I used 1/2 white and brown sugar and added 1/2 tsp salt They taste amazing Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/16/2019
One word- ADDICTING! I used almost a teaspoon of cayenne pepper, 1/2 cup sugar, 1/2 cup brown sugar and 4 1/2 cups pecans in the mix since there was an ample amount of coating. I only used 3/4 stick of melted butter in the bottom of my lines baking sheet to avoid the pecans becoming too greasy. Fabulous! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/31/2020
Excellent base recipe, but definitely needs at least 1/2 tsp or more of cayenne to taste any heat. Sweet, just needs more heat. I used 1/2 light brown sugar and 1/2 white sugar, which gives it a deeper flavor. Next time I’ll use 1 full tsp cayenne. Highly recommend this recipe. Very easy. Thanks for sharing! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
07/13/2015
Easy to make for gifts or a snack. The perfect blend of flavors that will have you coming back for more. Don't over cook these were done in 15 minutes. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
12/24/2015
This was a first for me. I have never made sugar coated nuts in any form. I followed the instructions adding a 1/2 tsp salt and the pecans turned out delicious! I made two batches. After guestimating the cayenne the first time I measured 1/4 tspn the next round which adds just barely enough spice. The only thing I would emphasize is use a timer. The second round as I was tossing at one point I forgot to restart my timer and I overcooked a tad. Or maybe the oven was warmer. Whatever the case don't overbake these! Read More
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