Janet McCormick: Spiced Pecans are the perfect holiday treat

December 20, 2018

Every good party needs a great nut snack, and these spiced pecans are just that. It’s my favorite festive, sugary sweet to serve up this season.

I’ll admit that I’ve made them several times this holiday for the simple fact I ate more than I should have, because they’re just that good. I couldn’t stop eating them and I knew it was a catching feeling since Joe yelled, “Take those nuts with you when you go, they’re like candy crack!”

I meant to give them away as gifts for several of my family members and friends, but I just couldn’t stop eating them. As I said, they’re just that good. To say these are my new go-to snack is an understatement. Winter spices are the subtle flavors that really set these apart from other sugary nuts. To celebrate the season, I recently made the perfect holiday cheese board for my parents. It’s chock full of cured meats and the best cheeses I secretly gnaw on throughout the year. But this little snack found its way on the board as well. What’s exciting about this sweet little nugget is it isn’t so hard that you’ll need a dentist visit after snacking on them.

You can make this days and even weeks ahead, which is why I truly love this recipe, perfect for the busy hostess. This will travel well so it’s a nice little tasty gift you can send to your loved ones who live in other states.

Spiced Pecans

1 pound pecans

1 egg white

1 tablespoon water

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon pumpkin spice

1 cup sugar

In a large bowl whisk the egg white and water until frothy. Fold in the pecans and stir until fully coated. Mix in the sugar and pumpkin spice. Stir until fully coated. Spread out over a cookie sheet.

Bake at 200 degrees for one hour stirring every 15 minutes.

Janet McCormick is the author of “10-Minute Meals” and owner of Let’s Eat in Huntington. She lives in Lawrence County, Ohio. She can be reached at 304-654-2003 or www.10-minutemeals.com.

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