This recipe is from a work friend of mine. Chris brought these to the potluck and it was one of the items that was gone quickly. They were so good I just had to make them at home. So thanks Chris for the recipe and tips on making these – they turned out great!
The holidays and our little holiday party made me think about how thankful I am for my work friends. We are all only in the office on Wednesdays so we typically only see each other once a week, but when we do we all enjoy catching up and working together. We all eat lunch together and it’s a nice day in the office.
One of the things that is always kind of sad (with my co-workers) is that everyone lives on opposite ends of the area. We work right in the center of what is called the Research Triangle in Raleigh and we live on opposite sides of that big circle. So, I have never met many of my co-workers’ families and we never really get to hang out after work because we all have families and kids and everything that goes with that. Chris and his wife have the cutest little girl but I have only ever seen her on Facebook. Maybe we will have to have a family picnic next year….ok, I will get right on that:-).
So anyways, these pecans will be a new tradition for my holiday baking. There are a few things that make this recipe different. First of all, the sea salt complements the spice and the sugar so well. You can definitely taste it and I love the flavor….
Speaking of sweet and salty, did anyone see Parks and Recreation (my favorite show right now) where Leslie mixed sugar and salt together and called it saltgur? That was brilliant….and definitely on point.
Anyways, back to these pecans…I also liked that they are made with egg whites and not with butter. You absolutely don’t even need the butter for these. You could make these vegan by using an egg substitute and I am sure they would be just as good! This recipe could not be any easier. The pans cleaned up really easy and there was really only two bowls that required very easy cleanup. Plus, they taste awesome. I had to pack them up quickly or I thought I might eat too many!
So if you are looking for a nice little nibbler for Christmas or New Years go buy a pound of pecans and make these.
Spiced Pecans with Cinnamon and Sea Salt
- 1 cup white sugar
- 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon sea salt the recipe calls for 1/4 teaspoon, but I added a bit
- 1 egg discard the yolk
- 1 lb pecans
- Whip the egg white until foamy and then add the pecans. Mix until all of the nuts are coated.
- Combine sugar, cinnamon and salt. Add this to the pecans and stir until the pecans are evenly coated with this sugar mixture.
- Very lightly grease two baking sheets and evenly distribute the pecans between the two pans. Spread the pecans out and bake for 1 hour. Stir every 15-20 minutes ensuring that they do not burn. Let cool.