I have been hoping to share with you the special sugared pecans treat our Aunt Tammy always brings when they come home for Christmas from Washington state. She and Uncle David, my youngest brother, are some of our favorite people.
Always fun and interesting to be around, Aunt Tammy would wrestle with our children on the floor and Uncle David would tell them adventurous nature stories when they were younger. They are easy to love, and they’ve continued to pour into our kids into their adult years.
Family tradition called for us to eat a late, late meal (1 AM Christmas morning) together after worshiping at the midnight candlelight Christmas Eve service with Oma and Opa (my parents) and the rest of the family. So many memories just thinking about these special times!
Of course, Tammy’s sugared pecans are there! Slightly crispy, these roasted pecans would almost melt in your mouth with a mixture of lightly sweet, spicy, and salty.
This is a very simple recipe, but I will show you the steps, tutorial style since we took lots of photos.
Homemade Sugared Pecans
5 cups pecan halves
1/2 cup butter, preferably organic and unsalted OR coconut oil works, too
3 large egg whites (separate out the yolks and use in a frittata or other egg dish)
3/4- 1 cup OG sugar such as Sucanat or Rapadura (with the minerals left in)
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. sea salt
1/8 tsp. pumpkin pie spice, optional
1. Preheat the oven to 350°. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper so that the edges are raised slightly on all 4 sides to contain butter (see photo below). Why I don’t use aluminum foil.
2. In large bowl combine egg whites*, sugar, cinnamon, and sea salt.
3. Mix the pecan halves in and toss to coat fully.
4. Pour the melted butter onto lined baking sheet.
5. Spread pecans onto butter-coated baking sheet.
6. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes. Run fan on low. Set timer to stir every 10 minutes x3.
7. Cool for 10-15 minutes. Makes 5 cups.
Sugared pecans work wonderfully as a finger-food for game night, and they also serve as a welcome little gift.
Aunt Tammy and Uncle David, we LOVE YOU! You are the Best Wrestlers and Storytellers! Thank You for the Wonderful Childhood Memories and your Yummy Sugared Pecans 🙂
Thanks for reading!