Cinnamon Pecans Recipe

Skillet Cinnamon Pecans from


Cinnamon Pecans make an excellent nibble to have on hand when entertaining or for wrapping up as gifts as a hostess thank you, to toss into a goodie basket for out of town guests, or to give to friends, teachers, and neighbors over the holidays.

I warn you though, they are super addictive!

So full of flavor, it is nearly impossible to eat just one of these toasted cinnamon pecans.

Actually, I don’t believe I have ever been able to eat just one. One handful, maybe. But, never just one individual cinnamon pecan.

The best thing about this recipe is there is no added fat, nor are there a lot of other spices.

Just four simple ingredients that you’ll have on hand for these scrumptious snacks.

Being from Georgia, I grew up hurrying outside each afternoon during the fall to pick up pecans before the squirrels gathered them all. So I have a great deal of respect for this delicious little nut and use it as much as I can in recipes. All of which, I might add, you really should give a try this fall.

As soon as the weather starts to turn a bit crisp, I start paying attention to the activity under the pecan trees watching for my signal to get busy gathering before the squirrels make off with the bulk of our pecans.

Cinnamon pecans can be made in just a few minutes and then left to cool for about ten to fifteen minutes before serving or storing in containers for gifting or serving later.

Simply make a large batch of cinnamon pecans ahead of time and then store them in an airtight container for up to one month and voila, you always have a great snack on hand when guests stop by!


Skillet Cinnamon Pecans from

Here is my recipe for Skillet Cinnamon Pecans. I hope you enjoy them as much as we do.

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Cinnamon Pecans Recipe
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Skillet Cinnamon Pecans make a delicious nibble to serve when entertaining and make a scrumptious homemade gift. So quick and easy!
Serves: 3 cups
  • 3 cups whole pecans, shelled and cleaned
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ cup water
  1. Add all ingredients to a large (10 - 12-inch) skillet over medium-low heat. Stir to mix all ingredients together and then stir continuously as the sugar begins to melt, making sure to coat pecan well. Cook until pecans have begun to toast lightly, about five minutes and then remove from heat. Pour onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper to cool.
  2. Allow to cool completely before serving or storing in an airtight container for gifting.
Other nuts may be substituted in place of pecans, such as almonds, walnuts, and cashews.



Go ahead and start stocking up on whole pecans as you find them on sale at your grocery store or local farmer’s market so you are ready to make these as Christmas gifts, too. Pecans can sometimes be a bit pricey, but if you watch carefully, you can snag a great deal on them at times.

Enjoy and I hope you have a great weekend! And hey, I didn’t even ask if you say pah-cahn or pee-can! Heh.

Robyn xoxo






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    Pecans don’t grow here in Southern Ontario, but walnuts do. And heartnuts. I bet this would be wonderful with either of those. And a little salt, because honestly I love salt and sweet together. Thanks for sharing. It’s nice that there’s no fat or egg in the recipe.

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    Sabrina says

    I can’t tell you how much I miss living in NC and having access to pecan (pee-can) trees!! Now in the Midwest, I’m stuck with store bought. I can’t wait to make these, I’m thinking the perfect Christmas gifts! Thank you for posting :)
    As Abigail has asked, what temperature have you used?
    Thank you!

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    Karla says

    I made these tonight and they are cool but they are really sticky and are not at all what I thought they would. They are tasty but I don’t feel I can give these as a gift.

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    Linda says

    I love, love, love this recipe. Used to have it several years ago, but somehow lost it. Most of the spiced pecan recipes call for egg white. This, cooked in a skillet on the stovetop is so easy and so addictively delicious!! So glad I found you.

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    Nancy Long says

    love to find nut recipes that don’t call for egg white – will def be trying this one – I buy most of my nuts at Costco, great deals and keep them in the freezer. ave a whole shelf in the freezer full of all different kinds right now. Will probably try using a mixture of them in this – thanks

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    karen marie says

    How convenient — I just bought a new bag of pecans at Costco even though I still have 1/3 of the last bag left (when I make chocolate chip cookies the dough barely holds together it is so full of chopped pecans)!

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    Catherine says

    What is the calorie count for this recipe?
    I found that putting the cookie sheet in the oven @ 250 for 15 min helps to dry them thus taking some of the stickiness away.

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      I’ve not made it with Splenda, but if you and it works well for you, will you let us know here in the comments. I feel sure others would be interested as well!

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    Barbara says

    I made these this past weekend. This recipe is a “keeper”. I will probably have a container of these in the pantry at all times. So easy to make!

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    Kathy says

    Is it just me or for the past two falls I have found all the pecans seemed rancid. From several different sources. Couldn’t make our annual pralines due to that. Some were from LA, AL, GA, etc. We were so disappointed like I said for the past two years. Maybe just too hot down here in the deep south. Can some of you share some outlets where you can find good pecans? Thanks bunches!

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      Lynda Helt says

      Costco by far. I have been buying them there for years. Always good quality and the best prices. I also have a shelf in the freezer for nuts and dried fruit. We used to live about a mile from a Costco, but we moved to a new location about 160 miles from the closest one. Grrrrr . Sams club is about 45 miles away. I have tried their nuts. Okay prices and quality, but Costco still has them beat. Twice a year I make a trip to Costco, they are that much better,especially for holiday baking.

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    Kristi says

    YUM!!! These were super easy and SUPER delicious! My 3 year old daughter was eating them as fast as she could…(thank goodness too or I would have eaten them all myself!) Thanks for the great recipe.

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