These are something I make every year at Christmas. It's perfect for family, neighbors, co-workers and gift exchanges (paired with a gift card or other small gift). When I started making these, years ago, I was using one of the first recipes that came up on Google but over the years I've put my own spin on them (* brown sugar 😋). They are delicious, always a hit, and a treat we have once a year.

I love to gift them in wide mouth mason jars, tied up with some chunky yarn and a gift tag. These jumbo tags are my favorite and I get them from Southern Fried Design Barn. They're, sadly, no longer available but I found these super cute Santa gift tags.

Let me know if you make these for yourself!



1 cup white sugar

1 tablespoon (heaping) brown sugar

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon salt

1 egg white

1 tablespoon water

1 pound pecan halves


STEP 1 Preheat oven to 250° F (120° C).

STEP 2 Whisk egg white and water together until frothy. Toss pecans in mixture until completely covered. 

STEP 3 In a separate bowl, mix sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt together. Add in the pecans and toss until they are evenly coated. Spread coated pecans onto baking sheet.

STEP 4 Put in the oven for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes, until pecans are evenly browned.

BONUS Sprinkle extra brown sugar on top while pecans are cooling. Just trust me.

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