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Cinnamon Praline Pecans

Categories: AppetizersHoliday
Contributed by: Jacqueline&David

Our family really loves having these nuts at the holidays. I can't recall where or when I found this recipe online (a few years ago) but it is a huge hit and I have to say I wish I could take the credit because the recipe is awesome and totally easy!!


  • 2 lbs pecan halves
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 tsp water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cocoa (unsweetened)
  • dash cayenne pepper to taste


Preheat oven to 325

1) Grease a 13x9 inch pan ( I use glass) with either Pam spray or butter. Set aside.
2)Measure the sugar cinnamon, salt, cocoa and cayenne pepper into a small bowl and blend thoroughly. Set aside. Be sure to do this step before the next one so this is ready to go as soon as you need it.
3)In a large bowl (the bigger the better so there is lots of tossing room) put the egg white and water together and using a wisk, beat it until it starts to get a little frothy. (Just a few seconds I think.)
4) Drop in the pecans into the big bowl and toss quickly with your hands to get the egg white mixture over them a bit. Immediately add the dry sugar-spice mix to the nuts and toss to coat. Don't over toss or they will get gummy. You want to avoid that.
5) Pour nut mixture into glass pan and leave uncovered. Place in oven. You will be taking the tray out and stirring up the nuts every 10 minutes throughout the baking time. Total baking time is 45 minutes, so you'll be stirring a total of 4 times and then there will be just 5 minutes after the 4th stir before your time is up and you take them out to cool. Make sure you keep track so you don't overbake them. While they are baking, prepare step 6.
6) Have your countertop lined with wax paper (just makes it really really easy clean up later, and easy to pour cooled nuts into containers!)
7) Pour out nuts onto wax paper and spread them out a bit. Cool thoroughly then store in an airtight container. They can be stored up to 2 weeks, the recipe says. Ours rarely last that long at Christmas.

I assure you, that even if you don't wind up using this recipe for gift giving, you will never regret making them for a holiday get- together or party. These are way too addictive and good!