It's all about the sugared pecans.
Warning: This is quite possibly one of the most addictive holiday snacks out there. I generally eat my weight in them during the month of December. No worries though: January was designed to make up for all of the December indiscretions.
Your stomach may cry out for you to stop the overload of cookies and fudge, but it will never turn away the satisfying crunch and sweet n' salty balance of a sugar-coated pecan.
As you're making your list of what to bake for who this season, consider these thoughts on sugared pecans:
- They're the perfect gift for someone with gluten-intolerance. It's easy for folks with Celiac Disease to feel left out of the seasonal fun, what with all the flour-heavy baked treats. Sugared pecans will surely bring a smile to their face.
- Consider adding these crunchy little gems to a gift for the gourmet beer-lover in your life. Fill an empty basket from the attic with select beers, a bag of sugared pecans, and a bag of homemade snack mix.
- They're also packaged beautifully in clean, empty jam or nut butter jars.
- They make a great stocking stuffer--just wrap them in a clear cellophane bag with some ribbon and raffia.
Can you tell I'm just nutty for this snack?
Whether you're making these as a gift, or just for your awesome self, I promise you won't regret it. Promise.
- 2 egg whites
- 1 TBSP vanilla
- 1 pound pecan halves (I actually mixed a handful of whole almonds into this batch as well)
- 1 cup white sugar
- 3/4 tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
1) Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Coat a large baking sheet with cooking spray.
2) In a large bowl, whip the egg whites and vanilla until frothy. In a separate bowl, combine the sugar, salt, and cinnamon.
3) Add the pecans to the egg white mixture and stir until coated. Coat the nuts with the sugar mixture until evenly-covered. Place in a single layer on the baking sheet. Bake at 250 degrees for approximately one hour, stirring every 15 minutes.
4) Package 'em up and send 'em out. But not before you eat a few...handfuls.