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    It's Beginning to Smell a lot like Christmas

    Ahhh, the smell of cinnamon.  Nothing else makes me think more of Christmastime than that.  For a short time when Hubby and I were younger, we had a Dippin’ Dots franchise in a mall.  During the holiday season, the nut store would move in.  You know the nuts I’m talking about.  The ones you can smell for like 8 blocks.  Usually they sell cinnamon almonds, but I used to sit there all day smelling their nuts and would visit often.  That’s how I eventually figured out they made pecans too, just not as many or as often.  The almonds are pretty amazing, but the pecans… there are no words.  Now, I’m going to show you how to make them yourself at home.

    Here’s what you’ll need: 

    • 4 cups pecans
    • 1 egg white
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla
    • 1 ½ cup sugar
    • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
    • 1 teaspoon salt 

    Before you get started on anything else, go ahead and preheat your oven to 250° and line a sheet pan or a large roasting pan with parchment.  (Or you can just butter it if you don’t mind washing it when you’re done.  Next up, measure your sugar, cinnamon, and salt into a bowl. 

    Whisk them together until everything is evenly distributed, then set it aside. 

    In a large mixing bowl, combine your egg white and vanilla.

    With your mixer (or a whisk if you prefer) beat until it’s nice and frothy. 

    Add the pecans.

    Stir thoroughly.  It’ll take a minute or two, but you want your nuts completely coated. 

    Pour on the sugar mixture.

    And stir some more.  All of the sugar should be moistened and the vast majority of it stuck to your nuts. 

    Pour the pecans onto your prepared pan.

    Spread them out so there’s basically a single layer.

    Bake at 250° for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes.  When they’re done, they’ll be dry and no longer sticky. 

    Allow them to cool just long enough that you won’t burn yourself and start devouring.  Wait, I mean, let them cool completely and store them in an airtight container.  (Yeah right)

    What reminds you most of the holiday season?


    Reader Comments (1)

    Holy moly!
    these are unbelievably good

    December 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJanet Bradshaw

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