It feels a bit strange to be the one writing this post. This is a classic Kim recipe. She has been making these spiced pecans since I was a kid, but she has been off hanging out in New Orleans and Nashville with my little sister, so I decided to make the nuts myself so we could share the recipe with our lovely K&K readers. I also thought that I would make these spiced nuts to give as hostess gifts and to spread holiday cheer to my friends. These spiced pecans are definitely a crowd pleaser (though I suppose these days we need to worry more about allergies than in the past), and they make a nice, thoughtful gift during the holidays. It's also always nice to have a bowl out to snack on when you have company visiting. Whether you give these spiced pecans away or keep them for yourself, they will be a hit.
Sugar and Spice PecansFrom Kim
2 pounds pecan halves (about 8 cups - this is the amount in one of the Costco bags)
2 egg whites plus 2 tablespoons cold water
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon salt
Preheat the oven to 250°F.
Whisk together egg whites and cold water in a large mixing bowl until the whites are frothy. Add the pecans and stir so that the all the pecans are "wet."
Mix together the sugars and spices until well blended. Pour the sugar mixture over the pecans and stir well to coat.
Spread the pecans on a parchment lined rimmed baking sheet and bake for 1 hour. Stir often to ensure that all of the nuts dry (especially if your baking sheet is on the smaller side).