Cinnamon Pecans Recipe

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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.

Yield: 3 cups

Cinnamon Pecans Recipe

Total Time 20 minutes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Skillet Cinnamon Pecans make a delicious nibble to serve when entertaining and make a scrumptious homemade gift. So quick and easy!
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  • 3 cups whole pecans shelled and cleaned
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 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.

All images and text © Robyn Stone for Add a Pinch



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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