Sugar and Spiced Pecans
 
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Pecans are tossed with egg white, sugar and spices, and then baked and presented in pretty jars as holiday gifts.
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Recipe type: Dessert snack
Cuisine: American
Serves: 6 pints
Ingredients
  • ⅔ cup dark-brown sugar
  • 1 and ⅓ cup white granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper (or ½ teaspoon of smoked paprika)
  • ¼ teaspoon cumin (optional)
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 pounds pecan halves (or walnut halves)
  • 2 egg whites, room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • parchment paper
  • 2 large cookie sheets (I use jelly roll pans)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
  2. Mix sugars, salt, cayenne, and cinnamon, making sure there are no lumps; set aside.
  3. Beat egg white and water until frothy but not stiff. Add pecans, and stir to coat evenly. Sprinkle nuts with sugar mixture, and toss until evenly coated.
  4. Spread sugared nuts in a single layer on two large cookie sheets (I use jelly roll pans) fitted with parchment paper.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes, stirring once. Reverse cookie sheets, placing one that was on top on the bottom shelf and one that was on bottom on the top shelf. Bake for an additional 20 minutes, stirring once. Reverse cookie sheets again, placing one that was on top on the bottom shelf and one that was on bottom on the top shelf. Bake for an additional 10 minutes, stirring once. Bake until nuts are dry and slightly browned.
  6. Remove from oven, and separate nuts as they cool. When completely cool, pour the nuts into a bowl, breaking up any that stick together.
  7. Crumble up leftover baked-on sugar inside of parchment paper and save in a covered jar as a topping for cereal, fruit or ice cream.
  8. If halving this recipe, then cooking time will be reduced by 5 to 10 minutes.
Recipe by GINGER WROOT at http://gingerwroot.com/sugar-and-spiced-pecans/