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Sweet and Spicy Pecans

An easy recipe for Sweet and Spicy Pecans (crack pecans) or spiced walnuts that are a little bit naughty (spicy) and a little bit nice (sweet).
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword Christmas Pecan Snacks, crack pecans, spiced walnuts, Sweet and Spicy Pecans
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 430kcal
Author Evelyn



  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees
  • Mix brown sugar, white sugar, salt, cayenne, pepper, and cinnamon in a medium bowl until there are no lumps and everything is well blended
  • In a separate medium bowl, whip egg white and water until frothy but not stiff
  • Add pecans (or walnuts) to egg white mixture and stir to coat evenly
  • Sprinkle the pecans (or walnuts) with the sugar mixture, and toss until evenly coated
  • Spread the nuts on a single layer on a cookie sheet covered with a silicone baking mat.
  • Bake for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally
  • Remove from oven and stir gently to separate the nuts as they cool


Calories: 430kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 41g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Sodium: 300mg | Potassium: 251mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 45IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 2mg