I’m not a big fan of nuts.
Sure, I can eat a handful of honey roasted peanuts now and then, salted cashews are starting to grow on me, and I like my peanut-butter crunchy, but I despise Jordan almonds and think that nuts ruin perfectly good fudge. I hate nuts in stuffing, I hate nuts in trail mix. They’re usually bitter and make my teeth feel weird.
But these Candied Pecans might as well be some illicit drug with how addicted to them I am.
I would go as far as to say that besides for the allergic, these would convert even the most ferocious of nut-haters.
They’re so easy to make and perfect to have on hand for the holidays. I’ve served them for our last three holiday movie parties, and several years ago I even made festive little baggies of them as gifts.
- 16 ounces pecan halves
- 1 egg white
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon water
- ⅔ cup granulated sugar
- ⅓ cup brown sugar
- 1 Tablespoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon fine salt
- Preheat to 300 degrees and line a large baking tray with wax paper.
- Whisk the egg white, vanilla, and water together in a large bowl until its thicker and frothier.
- Add in the sugars, cinnamon, and salt, and then mix thoroughly until the pecans are well covered.
- Spread evenly over the wax paper-lined baking tray and place in oven for 45 minutes.
- Stir the pecans every 15 minutes.
- Cool for at least 10 minutes before eating.
- Stores well in cookie tins.
You’re doing yourself a disservice if you don’t give them a chance.
*Fun Fact: When she was 10-13ish, only 1 out of every 5 batches of sugar cookie dough would make it past the butter/sugar stage and end up in the oven instead of Brie’s stomach. #ThisIsWhyI’mFat
P.S. She also set the microwave on fire during the same era while making home-made microwavable popcorn. Pro tip: Alton Brown is WRONG and you cannot put a paper bag with staples into the microwave; things will go badly.
P.P.S Happy ending. Even though to put out the fire she threw a bowl of water onto it and shorted all the circuits, the microwave started working after a week and her mom was non-the-wiser.
P.P.P.S But, I guess not any longer…