candied bacon pecans in a white bowl with blue handles.

Candied Bacon Pecans

What’s better than candied pecans? Adding candied bacon to the mix! Candied Bacon Pecans taste just like a pecan pie with bacon on top…which is a very good thing.

candied bacon pecans in a white bowl with blue handles.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

If you can’t think of a thing to take to a family get together, look no further. Candied Bacon Pecans will make you the most popular person in town! This delicious combination of pecans and bacon mixed with sugar, salt and spice will be everyone’s favorite snack.

Here’s the best part…you can make this scrumptious candy in 30 minutes! Plus, you can make and bake everything on the same sheet pan. It’s also the perfect food gift for hostesses, neighbors and friends. I mean, how can you go wrong with candied bacon?

Ingredients You’ll Need

Only 7 ingredients are needed to create this sweet and salty snack. (Quantities are listed in the recipe card below.)

  • pecan halves (I used 2 contrasting kinds)
  • butter
  • coarse sea salt
  • bacon slices
  • brown sugar
  • ground cayenne pepper
  • egg white
pecans and bacon on a sheet pan.

How to Make Candied Bacon Pecans

Spread pecan halves and bacon on a half sheet pan. Drizzle butter on top. Sprinkle with sea salt. Using hands, coat pecans and bacon with butter and salt. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes and remove from oven.

Mix brown sugar and cayenne pepper together. Pour over pecan mixture on sheet pan. Stir well. Drizzle egg white over pecan mixture and stir. Using hands, coat pecans with sweet and spicy mixture.

Spread pecans and bacon evenly on the sheet pan. Pop back in oven and bake for 15 more minutes. Remove from oven and stir again, breaking up the candy before it hardens on the pan. Sprinkle candy with remaining sea salt and allow to cool before serving.

brown sugar added to pecan mixture.

Can I Add Other Spices?

Absolutely! If you love spice, try adding a little to the mix. Here are a few combinations you can try…

  • dried rosemary and thyme
  • ground cumin, curry and turmeric
  • pumpkin pie spice, ground cloves and cinnamon
  • dried oregano, basil and garlic powder
  • crushed red pepper flakes and chili powder
pie server scooping pecans on a sheet pan.

How Do I Store Candy After Baking?

After the candy has cooled on the sheet pan, break it up into pieces and keep in an airtight container for up to 10 days. (It never lasts long at my house because we eat it as soon as it comes out of the oven!)

This candy tastes amazing on top of vanilla ice cream, or alongside your favorite adult beverage. If you’d like to give Candied Bacon Pecans as a homemade gift, here are a few great products I have used and love…

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a spoon full of candied bacon pecans being scooped out of a bowl.

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a spoon full of candied bacon pecans being scooped out of a bowl.

Candied Bacon Pecans


  • Author: Debi ~ QuicheMyGrits
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 16 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

What’s better than candied pecans? Adding candied bacon to the mix! Candied Bacon Pecans taste just like pecan pie with bacon on top…which is a very good thing.


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Ingredients

  • 4 cups pecan halves
  • 1 Tbsp. butter, melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse sea salt
  • 8 bacon slices, cooked and chopped
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/8 tsp. ground cayenne pepper
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse sea salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Spread pecan halves and bacon pieces on a half sheet pan and drizzle butter on top. Sprinkle with sea salt. Using hands, coat with butter and salt.
  3. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes and remove from oven.
  4. Mix brown sugar and cayenne pepper together. Pour over pecan mixture on sheet pan. Stir well.
  5. Drizzle egg white over pecan mixture and stir. Using hands, coat all the pieces.
  6. Spread candy evenly on the sheet pan. Pop back in oven and bake for 15 more minutes.
  7. Remove from oven and stir again, breaking up the candy before it hardens on the pan.
  8. Sprinkle candy with remaining sea salt and mix.
  9. Cool candy on sheet pan, then transfer to airtight containers until ready to serve. 

Notes

After candy has cooled, it can be stored in an airtight container for up to 10 days. 

  • Category: Appetizers
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: candied pecans, candied bacon, nuts, appetizers

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4 Comments

  1. Harriet

    I already make the “sugar and spice pecans” for the holidays..but to throw a little bacon in there sounds just too good to be true. Can’t wait to try these!

  2. Oohhh this is delicious!

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