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Candied Pecans Recipe, Sweet and Spicy

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Candied Pecans Recipe, Sweet and Spicy

Candied Pecans Recipe, Sweet and Spicy

Candied Pecans are a fun, and easy treat to make for the holidays as a gift or just to have around the house.  This sweet and spicy pecan recipe is so yummy!  The pecans have flavors of cinnamon and vanilla, and then a hint of cayenne that comes at you with a little bit of a kick!   Candied nuts are fun to make and bag up to deliver to the neighbors, or put them in a mason jar, cut a square of Christmas ribbon for under the lid, and tie the jar with a bow. You can also keep them in the freezer, and use them for salad topper nuts.  When I made this recipe,  I used these candied pecans for a baby shower as a party favor, and they were a hit!  Not kidding, people were grabbing multiple bags to take home to family and friends!

This is my own recipe!  Enjoy these delicious Sweet and Spicy Candied Pecans!  They make a great addition to your recipes this holiday season!

Note:  This same recipe can be used for almonds as well.  I like to make a mixed bag of almonds and pecans when I am giving them as a gift, however, the pecans are my favorite!  Some of the photos below in this post will show almonds as well as pecans.

Sweet and Spicy Candied Pecans Recipe

2 Lbs Pecans

2 cups Sugar

4 teaspoons cinnamon

2 teaspoons cayenne

2 teaspoons kosher salt

2 egg whites

2 Tablespoons water

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  1.  In a bowl, combine sugar, cinnamon, cayenne, and kosher salt.  Mix until these dry ingredients are thoroughly distributed and combined.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine egg whites, water, and vanilla.  Beat this mixture with a whisk until the egg whites begin to become frothy and bubbly.
  3. Then in a large mixing bowl, add the pecans.  Then coat the pecans in the egg white mixture.
  4. After the pecans are coated in the egg whites, add the sugar mixture until the pecans are evenly coated on the outside.  Mix thoroughly.
  5. Spread coated pecans on a cookie sheet, Bake them at 250 degree for 1 hour.  Turn the pecans every 15 minutes to ensure all sides are evenly baked!


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