Candied Vanilla Pecans

You know how they say you should bake fresh cookies before an open house so that your house will smell more enticing to potential buyers? I’m going to go ahead and claim that instead of cookies, you should make these Candied Vanilla Pecans. My house smelled AMAZING last night when I made these. They bake for an entire hour, so the wonderful sweet vanilla scent lingers for a good while. I honestly didn’t want to go to bed and miss any of the awesome smelling air in our place.

The pecans were still warm when I went to bed so I didn’t get to try them until today. Let me tell you, they taste better than they smell. This recipe is amazing. If you’re looking for a last minute holiday gift to make or even a snack to take to a holiday potluck, definitely give this simple recipe a shot.

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Candied Vanilla Pecans

Ingredients:

4 cups (~1 lb) pecans
1 egg white
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 Tbsp water
1 tsp cinnamon
1 heaping tsp sea salt
3/4 cup vanilla sugar (If you don’t have vanilla sugar, substitute regular sugar and increase the vanilla extract to 1 tsp)

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 250 and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.

Mix together the sugar, cinnamon and sea salt.

In a large bowl combine the egg white, vanilla and water. Beat the egg until it’s light and frothy. Stir in the pecans and mix well. Pour in the sugar mixture and stir until all the pecans are coated.

Dump the mixture onto your large baking sheet and spread the nuts out evenly.

Bake about 1 hour making sure to stir every 15 minutes and break up any large clumps.

Cool completely on the baking sheet on a wire cooling rack.

Recipe from Miss Lemonie

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8 Responses to “12 Days of Cookies – Candy Cane & Mint Kiss Cookies”

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    Nikki57 — December 19, 2008 at 2:49 pm

    I’m sold fuggy chocolately cookies sound amazing

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    Melissa — December 19, 2008 at 3:08 pm

    They look so cute, I have yet to try the candy cane kisses.

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    Bridget — December 19, 2008 at 4:36 pm

    How cute! I love those candy cane kisses!

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    Joelen — December 19, 2008 at 8:01 pm

    I love how the red stripes stay pretty in tact after melting! Looks fabulously festive 🙂

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    Jen — December 19, 2008 at 8:56 pm

    Yea, we really like the candy cane kisses. They have little bits of candy cane in them so there’s a tiny bit of crunch.

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    Lori — February 5, 2009 at 6:24 pm

    Jen- they look great! I love your stripes- THey look so pretty!

    I think these were my favorites looking back.

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    Jamie M — December 16, 2010 at 4:57 pm

    When do you add the vanilla extract? :oP

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    Jen — January 2, 2011 at 11:15 pm

    Thanks for pointing that out Jamie. I updated the recipe. You add the vanilla after the eggs.

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