Today’s recipe is courtesy of my friend Jamie. It also comes with a warming because these easy homemade candied pecans are extremely addicting. If you find yourself looking at an empty bowl as quickly as my sister and I did, you may develop the same love-hate relationship I now have with my
former special friend.
After mentioning to Jamie that I needed a candied nut recipe for a kids cooking class I’m teaching next month, she immediately sent this one over. I was blown away by the simplicity. Annie and Ellie donned their pint-sized aprons, grabbed two Ziploc bags, and we immediately got to work shaking and baking. An hour later, our house was filled with holiday aromas, and a perfectly prepared pan of pecans emerged from the oven. No boiling, constant stirring, or candy thermometer required!
If you are looking for an easy homemade teacher gift that your kids can actually make themselves, here you go! If you find yourself staring at an empty bowl and craving a second batch, blame Jamie.
Spiced Candied Pecans
4 cups pecans
1 cup organic cane sugar
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp sea salt
¼ tsp ground nutmeg
¼ tsp ground ginger
1 egg white
1 tbsp filtered water
Preheat oven to 250 degrees.
Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper to prevent nuts from sticking.
In a gallon size Ziploc bag, combine sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger. Seal tightly and shake to combine.
In a second gallon size Ziploc bag, combine 1 egg white with 1 tbsp filtered water. After sealing, squish until frothy, about 20 – 30 seconds.
Add pecans to the frothy egg white bag. Seal and shake well until nuts are evenly coated.
Pour egg-y nuts into the bag with the cinnamon-sugar mixture. Seal and shake again until all nuts are coated.
Pour nuts onto the lined baking sheet.
Place sheet into 250 degree oven and bake for one hour, stirring every 15 minutes to prevent nuts from burning.
Allow nuts to completely cool before packaging.
Notes: It’s shake and bake, and I helped! (Sorry, I couldn’t resist.) Seriously though, how easy was that? These nuts can be stored in a tightly sealed container for up to a month, and are naturally vegetarian and gluten-free. (For a nut-free gift, try homemade hot chocolate.) Pecans are rich in heart-healthy monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids, and contain antioxidants that can help lower cholesterol. They also contain a cup of sugar, so you should try and use self-control. 😉 Happy holidays!!!