Slow Cooker Candied Pecans


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Make these Slow Cooker Candied Pecans for gifts or serve at your holiday parties.

If you love a slow cooker candy recipe you may want to try my easy slow cooker peanut clusters recipe.

Slow Cooker Candied Pecans

Why this reicpe works

Candied pecans are crunchy and coated in a decadent cinnamon-sugar mixture. This recipe makes a full 2 pounds of candied pecans, but none will go to waste. The slow cooker allows you to make a very large batch for sharing.

They last about a week in an airtight container and make great gifts for the holiday and ship very well.

How to make candied pecans in the slow cooker:

The recipe starts with egg whites and vanilla extract and is whisked together until very frothy.

pink bowl with frothy egg white in it.

Then I add this mixture over the pecans and stir until the pecans are well coated with the egg white mixture

pecans being stirred with a green spatula.

Then I pour over the sugar and spices over the wet pecans.

sugar mixture being poured over pecans.

Then it’s time for the slow cooker to “roast” the nuts. I cook the coated pecans for 3 hours on low, stirring every 20 minutes. Doing this keeps them from burning.

Slow Cooker Candied Pecans

Some recipes call for adding water at the end of the cooking time. I do not do this. I love the way the nuts are at this stage. I think the water is to make them shiny, I think they are perfect as is.

pecans on a wax paper-lined sheet tray. Some pecans in a small green bowl.

I could not stop eating these candied pecans. Especially when I opened the lid every 20 minutes to stir. I think I may have eaten half of them before they were done.

I will be making these again real soon, I need to get another batch in before the holidays are over. I hope you enjoy this recipe. Have a great week.

pecans in green bowl with more pecans in decorative bags in the background.

How long can I store these:

About a week in an airtight container, if they last that long!

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full slow cooker of cooked candied pecans with polka dot napkin on the side.

Slow Cooker Candied Pecans

4.95 from 18 votes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 15 minutes
Servings: 20
Sweet candied pecans that are made in the slow cooker. Perfect for snacking and sharing!

Ingredients 
 

  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 Tbsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 2 lbs. whole pecans

Instructions 

  • In a small bowl whisk the egg whites and vanilla until very frothy, this may take a minute or two. Set aside.
  • In a medium-sized bowl, add the sugars, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt, stir until combined. Set aside.
  • Put the pecans in a large bowl, pour over the eggs white and vanilla mixture. Stir until the pecans are evenly coated. Pour over the sugar mixture and stir until the pecans are coated.
  • Spray the slow cooker with non-stick spray or coat the bottom and edges with a little oil. Add the sugar coated pecans.
  • Cover. Set the slow cooker to low temperature. Cook for 3 hours, stirring every 20 minutes.
  • When the cooking time is done, pour the nuts onto a baking sheet lined with wax or parchment paper. Cool for 30 minutes before storing or packaging into bags. Enjoy!

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Notes

How long can I store these?
Store them at room temperature in an airtight container for up to a week. 

Nutrition

Calories: 460kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 34mg | Potassium: 219mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 38g | Vitamin A: 25IU | Vitamin C: 0.5mg | Calcium: 55mg | Iron: 1.4mg

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68 Comments

  1. Bailey says:

    5 stars
    These are incredible. Every single person who has had them has raved over them. We even tried to make them in the oven to speed up the process, but they didn’t hold a candle to the crockpot version!!!

    1. Sarah Olson says:

      Great to hear! I have an almond version coming out soon!

  2. Baking Mom says:

    Hi there. Any suggestions for an egg white substitute? We have a family member with an allergy to eggs.

      1. Baker Mom says:

        How kind of you! Thank you!

    1. Shari says:

      We have a pecan farm and make candied pecans both regular and vegan friendly. I use Chickpea juice as the egg white substitute. I froth my egg white and chickpea juice more then the OP, but that is just what we find works best. The 2 types taste exactly the same. My niece is Vegan and we have several vegan recipes we sell to the public.

      1. Sarah Olson says:

        That’s great info! Thank you.

  3. Julie says:

    Can you mix a few different nuts and pretzels or would that mess it up?

    1. Sarah Olson says:

      I don’t see why not!

  4. Josh Breland says:

    4 stars
    I make these for the a thank you gift and because my slow cooker cooks really HOT I have to cook everything and hour less and still stand there and watch it.
    Wish I had one of the old slow cookers again!

    1. Verna says:

      Can u freeze these

      1. Sarah Olson says:

        I really think they would freeze well!

      2. Shari says:

        Yes you can. Double seal them in freezer bags.

  5. Leeann says:

    Mine are wet and not drying. I made exactly. I don’t understand why.

    1. Sarah Olson says:

      Cook a little longer? They may dry out after you spread them out.

  6. E.French says:

    Is it possible to use a liner with these or would that mess them up? I always try to use a liner when I can and I remember these leaving a sticky mess in my crockpot last time. Anyone tried it with a liner?!

    1. Sarah Olson says:

      I think a liner would work fine!

    2. Bailey says:

      5 stars
      I used a liner and it worked great! It made it a little harder to stir, but SUPER easy clean up.

  7. Bertha Ramirez says:

    5 stars
    I have made these the past 3 years for Christmas. Everyone loves them. My anguish is that every time after the third or fourth 20 minute timer the pecans start to stick and no mater how much I stir they start to burn. I pick out the burnt pecans and I lose over a hundred pieces. I believe that I follow the instructions carefully … set the crockpot on low and I even stir before the 20 minute timer goes off. Any ideas???

    1. Sarah Olson says:

      I would switch your slow cooker to low or cook for less time.

    2. Brandy Barbee says:

      I always add a tablespoon of water and mix. Keeps them from burning as I have the same problem even on low.

  8. Maria says:

    Hi, does the weather matter in making these candies in the crockpot? With candies made on the stove, the weather has to be cool and dry, right now over here it is damp and humid.
    Thx!

    1. Sarah Olson says:

      I’ve never had an issue with these being sticky and I live in Oregon, though if it’s a constant issue for you, I’d proceed with caution.

      1. Maria says:

        5 stars
        Hey, just got my first batch tis evening, finally no rain:-) They are good! Couldn’t help eating some:-). These are better than the pralines i usually made. Will wrap them up for gifts! Thanks so much!!!!

      2. Sarah Olson says:

        Great to hear Maria!

  9. Sue says:

    5 stars
    Excellent. Big hit!!!

  10. Anonymous says:

    5 stars
    Love this recipe! I’ve made it several times and it’s always a hit. And so easy too!