Monday, December 15, 2008

Sugar & Spice Pecans - A Gift With Good Taste

Sugar & Spice Pecans are one of my Christmas essentials. I usually order a big box of pecans from Georgia and make batch after batch for gifts and for keeping. If I store them in airtight containers in the freezer, they last all year and are handy for snacks, hostess gifts and especially adding to salads or ice cream. Pack them is small decorated clear cellophane bags and add one to your wrapped gifts as an extra touch. Fill a big basket of little bags of Sugar & Spice Pecans tied with pretty ribbons and hand them out to the mail carrier, UPS driver, FEDEX driver, florist delivery person or anyone else who comes to your door during the holiday season - a wonderful thank you for all their hard work helping Santa to make all our wishes come true.

3/4 cup sugar
1 egg white
2 1/2 tablespoons water
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon grated nutmeg
2 pounds fresh pecan halves

Combine first 8 ingredients in a very large bowl; mix well with wire whisk. Add pecans; stir until evenly coated. Spread pecans into a greased 15x10x1” jellyroll pan. Bake at 275 degrees for 50-55 minutes; stir once while baking. Remove to waxed paper while still warm; cool. Store in an airtight container. These make a great gift in pretty cellophane bags tied with ribbons. Serve in a bowl for snacking, in salads, or on top of ice cream.

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