Sugared Pecans

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Sugared pecans must be one of the easiest candies to make. No worries about melting sugar, humidity, or candy thermometers. Just coat the pecans with an egg white solution, and then again with some sugar and spices, pop them in the oven and make for half an hour. The only problem? They are so addictive. A friend of mine made me promise not to bring any over to her; the last batch that came her way never made it to her kids! Muchas gracias to Heidi H. for the recipe.

Sugared Pecans Recipe

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Ingredients

  • 1 egg white
  • 1 Tbsp water
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 8 oz pecans - about 2 cups
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Method

1 Preheat oven to 300°F.

2 Put sugar, cinnamon, salt, ground cloves, and ground nutmeg in a plastic bag, shake to mix.

3 Put egg, water, and vanilla in a bowl. Beat until slightly foamy, add pecans and coat well. Lift pecans out of bowl with a slotted spoon and put into the bag of sugar and spices. Shake pecans in bag making sure they are well coated.

4 Bake 30 minutes on a baking pan lined with silpat or lightly greased aluminum foil. 15 minutes into the baking, stir up the pecans with a fork. Let cool completely before serving.

Makes about 2 cups.

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  • Milena

    These are delicious. I made them a day in advance and had to hide them to stop everyone from taste testing to much!

  • Carol

    Can I do this with mixed nuts or any other types of nuts….walnuts etc.
    thank you,
    Carol.

    Sure! ~Elise

  • Angel Maree

    These are divine! I did not have enough pecans so I used almonds also!

  • PM eS ing

    Nuts are being washed…
    Now doused with aromatic spices…
    Soaking up some rays in the oven…
    (spoiled lil Pecans)
    I’m not sure about the cloves & nutmeg
    I look forward to trying these babies when they
    Cool down… still waiting… Smelling sooo good!
    OMYGOSH! those are tasty lil treasures. If HOLIDAY were a
    Flavor… I just tasted it. Yummmmmm!
    So, some of those sweet nuggets asked to go chunky dunk in
    A pool of dark chocolate … I let them… Waiting for them to dry
    Off in the chilled locker room… Can’t wait to nibble on their lil tootsies when they come out! Hmm I’m gonna check on them right now.
    WoW —
    DOUBLED OVER IN PLEASURABLE TASTE BUD HEAVEN!
    Thank you my sweet virtual chef friend! My children owe you their gratitude, not sure i’d be in this good of a mood without this experience!

  • Anju

    I’ve made two batches of these so far. The first for my sisters-in-law when they came to stay with us over Christmas, and the second for them to take back to Spain for my mother-in-law. They arrived in Spain last night and apparently my mother-in-law is already halfway through the jar I sent her. They’re just that good!
    The first batch was especially divine when broken into pieces and sprinkled over Häagen-Dazs Vanilla Bean ice cream. So good!
    For the second batch, I added about a 1/4 teaspoon of ground cayenne to give it a bit of a zing and that just took it another level.
    Thank you, Elise! And happy new year!

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