Sugar Pecans: Our Holiday Tradition

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Years ago, when we lived in Kansas City, one of our lovely neighbors, Devonna Troutman, delivered a gorgeous tin full of sugar pecans. It was love at first pecan! OMG—if there were ever risk of addiction these are it! I am certain I asked her for the recipe within the hour, and every year since I have made 4 - 6 lbs in December to gift to loved ones and those we appreciate. You will love how simple this recipe is, yet so delicious!

This year, I am particularly excited because Claire, my daughter, made this recipe mostly on her own (with a little help from my husband, Dave). She got to experience the special meaning when one makes a gift to give, instead of just purchasing one on Amazon (necessary of course).

Thank you Devonna, for giving us a gift that has become a tradition that has meant so much to us. 

A bag of sugar pecans sitting on a table beside Christmas decorations

*This recipe makes 1 lb. D
ouble or triple as you wish.


  • 1 lb pecan halves 
  • 1 egg white 
  • 1 cup white sugar 
  • 1 tsp salt 
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon 


Preheat oven to 275 degrees. Beat egg white until frothy. Place pecans in a large bowl. Pour frothy egg white over the pecans. Coat pecans gently with egg white. Pour over the dry ingredients. Make sure all pecans are well coated. Spread out evenly over a baking sheet. Bake one hour at 275 degrees and stir every 20 minutes until golden. Remove immediately to allow cooling. Once cooled, may divide amongst cellophane bags and tie with ribbons, or place in holiday tins lined with parchment paper. ENJOY! 

Oh, and those who receive it will likely ask for the recipe!


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