Candied Pecans

candied pecans

I bet you can’t guess what’s growing in our front yard.  A pecan tree!  Actually, we have one and a half pecan trees because one is on the property line with our neighbor.  Anyway, Connor and I have been getting lots of fresh air while I pick up pecans, and he throws them back into the yard.  However, despite his insistence that we leave them all for the squirrels, I have managed to gather quite a few pounds of pecans and crack about 10 cups worth of them.  So far, I have made a pie and these tasty little treats.  I even used a few in some biscuit twists I made recently.  I am quite excited about the pecans.

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Ingredients:

  • 4 cups (1 lb.) pecan halves
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. salt

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Spray a large metal baking sheet with non-stick spray.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, beat egg whites and vanilla.
  3. Add the pecans and mix until all the pecans are coated in egg white mixture.
  4. In a small bowl, mix sugar, cinnamon, and salt until well-combined.
  5. Pour over the pecans and toss until pecans are coated in sugar mixture.
  6. Spread the pecans on the baking sheet in a single layer.
  7. Bake for 1 hour, turning and tossing every 15 minutes. Allow to cool completely.
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