Slow Cooker Cinnamon Pecans

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I made it through the weekend! I did two cooking demonstrations this weekend with my BFF over at Chef In Training. I was so nervous about cooking in front of a huge group of people, but it turned out great. And it was actually kind of fun! This was one of he the recipes that I made in the slow cooker demonstration. Every time I make them I remember how amazing they are. I usually make this recipe with cinnamon almonds. I think making them with cinnamon pecans might just be my new favorite!

slow cooker cinnamon pecans in a red dish.I am always a sucker for the cinnamon almonds at the mall around the holidays. Just the smell of them through out the mall is what gets ya! But they are so expensive for a little bag. Last year when I made my cinnamon almonds around the holidays I was so excited! My house filled with the cinnamon smell. In about 3 hours I had a big batch! They have a softer cinnamon crunch on the outside. In my opinion, I think that they are better than the ones at the mall! I bought the same bags that they give to you at the mall at the craft store, and they made the perfect holiday gift!

Making these cinnamon pecans twice this week was a great reminder to how much I love this recipe! This is thinking beyond the normal duties of a slow cooker and creating a delicious treat! I admit, the pecans were my favorite. I love pecans anyway, but the cinnamon sugar coating was amazing on them. This is a great recipe to try!


Slow Cooker Cinnamon Pecans

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Delicious cinnamon pecans that you make in your slow cooker!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 10 minutes
Author Alyssa Rivers
Servings: 12 Servings


  • 1 1/4 C. Sugar
  • 1 1/4 C. Brown Sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. Cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp. Salt
  • 1 Egg White
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 3 Cups Pecans
  • 1/4 C. Water


  • Mix together in a large bowl sugars, cinnamon, and salt.
  • In another bowl with a whisk, mix together the egg white and vanilla until it is frothy. Add the pecans and coat thoroughly. This will help the mixture stick to the pecans during the cooking process.
  • Prepare your slow cooker by spraying it with cooking spray. I used a 4 quart. Add the cinnamon pecan mixture to the pecans and turn it to low. Stir until the cinnamon sugar mixture is coated well on the almonds. Be prepared for your house to smell amazing!
  • You want to cook for about 3-4 hours. Mine took about 3. Stirring every 20 minutes. In the very last hour, add ¼ cup water and stir well. This will ensure a crunchy coating and help the mixture to harden.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spread the pecans onto the sheet to cool. The pecans should be pretty sticky so be sure to separate them the best that you can and let them cool!


Serves: 12

Calories348kcal (17%)Carbohydrates49g (16%)Protein3g (6%)Fat18g (28%)Saturated Fat2g (10%)Sodium31mg (1%)Potassium147mg (4%)Fiber4g (16%)Sugar44g (49%)Vitamin A21IUVitamin C1mg (1%)Calcium61mg (6%)Iron1mg (6%)

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
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Alyssa Rivers

I am Alyssa and the blogger behind The Recipe Critic. I started my blog in June of 2012 as a place to share my passion for cooking. I love trying new things and testing them out with my family.

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  1. Congrats on your demos! Wow, I would have been so nervous! I would have given anything to see you and Nikki in action. Fun!

    I make nuts like these but in the oven – great idea for the slow cooker and that they get crispy enough! Pinned!

  2. I am going to try to make this recipe as it sounds delicious and simple. I had one clarifying question: Do you put the cover on your slow cooker or leave it uncovered the whole time?

  3. Thank you for sharing this recipe, Alyssa! I would love to make these for Christmas gifts, but I can’t figure out Step 3. Do I add the cinnamon mixture to the pecans and egg white mixture; stir well? Then place in slow cooker and set on low?

    1. Yes. You will make the egg white mixture and whisk until frothy. Add the pecans to the mixture and coat well. Then add the cinnamon sugar mixture to this and you will notice that it will coat a little to the pecans. It is ok to have excess sugar mixture in the crockpot because it will harden to the pecans during the mixture. Let me know if you have any more questions! 🙂

      1. On step 3 I have a lot of the sugar mixture. Which u state that but do u coat the nuts then spoon out just the nuts and place in crock pot, leaving the remainder of sugar mixture or do u add all the sugar mixture to the crock? When I did it I added all of it to the crock pot and it seemed to b too much and it was hard to get the nuts out at the end. I took some out 1 by 1 and they turned out great but that would of taken me a life time to finish. So I spooned the rest out and cooled and it was like peanut brittle almost and was unable to break out the nuts without huge clumps of sugar coating. Important ?, do u pack the brown sugar???

  4. I made this today, and it came out amazing!! I used both Pecans and Almonds, and they taste wonderful. The whole house smelled soo good, and my whole family loved it. Thank you so much for this recipe!!

  5. I made these last night and it turned out more like almond brittle. Is there a certain way to remove the almonds from the crock pot so they are separated?

  6. How many servings does this make? I’m actually going to be filling up 9 oz. mason jars with these and giving them out for Christmas gifts. 🙂

  7. Made these this evening and they turned out fabulous! How long should I let them sit out on the parchment before I put them into a container? I’m afraid of them turning into one big ball of pecans!

  8. I think I used a recipe from your website last Christmas, but for almonds. Is this the same recipe with different nuts? I was looking for it to make them again this year and I just can’t seem to find it!

  9. I just made this tonight and it smells SO good! But after I put the water in the crock pot the mixture became gooey and is very dark. Did I cook them too long and is it supposed to be gooey? Thanks!

    1. Sorry I am just getting this. They should be gooey and then you lay them on parchment paper and they will harden.

  10. Hi! I am thinking about trying this out. I have a 6 quart crock pot and need to do 6 pounds of pecans!!! Would it be better to do it in batches? Or can I do it all at once? Thanks so much! I can’t wait for my house to smell like the mall!

  11. I’m so happy I found this recipe! I made these last night, as a test run and will definitely be making more today. I used pecans last night and they really turned out wonderful. I’m going to make more pecans today and also try almonds. I doubled the recipe and used a large crock pot and it worked great. I’m certain my friends and family who received these as gifts will be thrilled!

  12. Excellent recipe…..pecans turned out awesome and the tip about adding water at the end was so helpful. Thank you for a great sweet treat!

  13. I made these last year and am sooooo glad I saved the recipe. These are delicious and I’m making them today for tonight’s Christmas dessert! Thank you for posting this and Merry Christmas!

  14. This looks so amazing!
    Do you think you can freeze them? Will they last a few days in a closed container. I’d love to make them tomorrow for a party I’ve got next weekend.

  15. Alyssa: I’m making slow cooker pecans right now. You said yours were done in 3 hours, how do I know when they are considered done?

      1. Alyssa, I found this recipe on FB and it looks simple and sounds delicious. However, I would like to know if I can substitute pure maple syrup for the brown sugar. Thank you.

        1. Just asking ~ Is it absolutely necessary to stir every 20 minutes during the entire 3-4 hours of cooking time in a slow-cooker on low? Someone stated there was difficulty is getting the pecans out of the slow-cooker at the end of the cooking time…. would you advise lining the cooker with a disposable liner for slow cookers?

  16. Made a double batch (6 cups of pecans), but only used a full recipe’s worth of the sugars (1 1/4 cup of each). I can’t imagine putting more sugar on them! They were so sweet and nicely covered with the sugar as I made it. The cinnamon was almost overpowering as written; I will decrease to 50 % or 75% next time. I made it in a 6 QT crockpot and it only filled it half-way. After cooking, I had 2.75 quarts of sugar-coated nuts. They were tasty.

  17. After you add the water the last hour do you still stir every 20 minutes?? It isn’t started anywhere. Also it says to leave the lid on the entire time, how when you have to stir?? Just wondering if someone could clarify that. Thanks

  18. Just made these as gifts for my kids’ teachers. My daughter says they are the best thing she has ever eaten! I was able to almost double the amount of pecans for the amount of sugar I had.

  19. I am making a double batch right now and it has been 3 hours. I am separating them now and they are still gritty. Is that right? Should I add more water next time? Or use less of the sugar mixture?

  20. Yikes, there goes 1/3 of the sugar mixture! If I make these again I will definately cut the total sugar in half. I had to shake that much off at the end in a strainer because it was way to covered…..sugar overdose! but… They did make my house smell delicious 🙂

  21. I’m excited to try this recipe but struggling with some clarity – when does one add the sugar/cinnamon mix to the nuts? Once the nuts are in the crock pot? Or does it matter? The recipe says to add the cinnamon pecans to the pecans, which doesn’t exactly make sense, and doesn’t really specify where one is doing this. I appreciate that you’re providing the recipes but they would benefit from some editing.

  22. Love these but found them to be VERY sweet… I’ve made them several time and cut the sugars by almost half and they are still delicious. we also tried a batch with a bit of cocoa powder for a chocolatey spin, and another batch with a bit of ground cayenne to cut the sweetness. they were AMAZING, and tasted like red hots with the yummy pecans. My family called it “Pecan Crack” 🙂

  23. This recipe sounds wonderful!! I love the idea of “roasting” the Cinnamon Pecans in a slow cooker rather than the oven. To make cleanup easier, do you think it would be okay to use a slow cooker liner when preparing these?

  24. My daughter made these, and they stayed soft and never got hard or crisp. Can I bake them in the oven now so they get crisp? Thank you.

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