Spiced pecans in a serving bowl

Easy Spiced Pecans

  • Author: Gitta
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 12 serving 1x
  • Category: Appetizer, Snack
  • Cuisine: American


I love these sweet and spicy pecans! They are fast to make and are a delicious and easy appetizer. Add them to cheese trays or salads. Why buy store-bought when these homemade spiced pecans are less expensive and taste better. Be careful they can be addictive!



  • 1 large egg white
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp chile powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 3 cups pecan halves


  1. Preheat oven to 300°F.
  2. Line 12×18 sheet pan with parchment or spray it with pan release.
  3. Whisk egg whites until they are frothy.
  4. Add the sugar, spices, and salt to the egg whites. Stir until they are well combined.
  5. Add the pecans to the egg white mixture. Stir until the pecans are well coated with the egg white mixture.
  6. Place the pecans on the prepared sheet pan and spread them out in a single layer.
  7. Bake 20 minutes. Stir the nuts and spread in a single layer.
  8. Bake another 20 minutes until they are slightly brown. They will still be sticky.
  9. Cool the nuts on the sheet pan. They will dry while they cool.
  10. Store them in a sealed container. Nuts will keep for several weeks.


  1.  Feel free to substitute your favorite nuts or use a mixture of nuts.  Walnuts would work well.  
  2. It is important to cover the pecans completley with the egg white mixture.
  3. If you like pecans that are spicy, add more cayanne pepper.  
  4. Be sure to bake the nuts in a 300°F oven.  Do not bake them at a higher temperature or they will burn.
  5. Be sure to let the nuts cool completely.