Try these delicious, homemade easy to make spiced candied pecans!
When I think of Christmas, I think of cinnamon, sugar, roasted nuts, among many, many other things. Did I mention I love Christmas? If there is a Christmas flavor out there, I am all about it. You might be thinking, “hey, Danielle, it’s July.” You ever heard of Christmas in July?
I know, I know, it’s not really a thing. But that doesn’t mean we can’t continue to enjoy the flavors all year round. Which is why I am making these candied pecans. Not only are they a wonderful snack, they taste amazing in salads.
And my new thing is salads. Healthy (mostly), delicious salads. I’ve packed on a few pounds over the last year, mainly because I love to eat, but also because since starting this blog, I spend 15+ hours each day sitting in front of a computer. That’s a lot of sitting.
So we now have what I call “salad Sundays” at our house. And it has been a blast. OK, I’ve only made a few salads (recipes coming soon), but they have been amazing!
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But back to the pecans. These things are delicious. And addictive. And did I mention how easy they are to make? They are. So easy. And if you eat too many? Follow along with me on the salad Sunday journey.
Preheat the oven to 300 degrees and cover a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Whip the egg whites and vanilla until foamy. Coat the pecans with the egg white mixture.
Combine all other ingredients in a separate bowl and mix well. Add the dry ingredients to the pecans and mix, making sure the pecans are coated evenly.
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Pour the pecans on the baking sheet and arrange them in a single layer. Bake for 30 minutes, stirring halfway through.
Remove and let cool. At least for as long as you can. Like I said, these are the perfect snack. But I swear you can’t just eat one of these easy to make spiced candied pecans. At least I can’t. But then again, I’ve never been known to just have one of anything!
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Also great in a salad. I love them in this Spinach and Strawberry Salad (recipe coming soon). And if you put them in a salad, they are healthy, right? No? Worth a try though…
Like a spicier nut? Add and extra 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne and grab a glass of water!
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These candied pecans are super easy to make and perfect for that holiday gathering!
- 12 oz. halved pecans
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 tbsp. cinnamon
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1/8 tsp. cayenne
- 1 egg white
- 1/2 tsp. vanilla
- 2 tbsp. honey, melted
- Preheat the oven to 300 degrees and cover a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
Whip the egg whites and vanilla until they become foamy. Coat the pecans with the egg white mixture.
Combine all the dry ingredients in a separate bowl and mix well. Pour the mixture over the pecans and mix, making sure the pecans are coated evenly.
Make sure the pecans are arranged in a single layer. Bake for 30 minutes, stirring halfway through. At the 15 minute mark, add the melted honey and stir the pecans. Place back in the oven for the remaining 15 minutes. Remove and let cool.
- The egg whites gives the pecans a nice crisp outer coating, so don't skip this step. If you don't use the egg whites, your pecans will likely be sticky.
- Make sure the pecans are arranged in a single layer to ensure even roasting.
- Store spiced candied pecans in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks. They can be store at room temperature or in the fridge if desired.
- To freeze: Allow the pecans to cool completely so the coating hardens, then place in an airtight container and freeze for up to one year. To thaw, place in the fridge overnight.
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