This is one of my top three most popular holiday food gifts. People are already asking me when my candied pecans will be ready. To me, this is the most perfect recipe. It’s not too sweet, the coating isn’t too hard like some recipes. It’s perfect.
You can substitute rum extract for the vanilla, too. It’s amazing. Enjoy!
3 cups pecan halves
½ cup sugar plus 1 tablespoon
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 egg white
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
Mix together sugar and cinnamon and set aside.
Whisk together egg white and vanilla extract. Place pecans in a large bowl and add the egg white mixture. Toss to thoroughly coat the pecans. Then add the cinnamon sugar and stir until all the nuts are coated.
Spread pecans out on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper (very important). Bake for 15 minutes. Give the pecans a good stir and then bake 15 more minutes.
Be sure to cool the pecans completely before you package them or they will become soft. Store in an airtight container.