Candied Pecans As Christmas Gifts

Candied pecans gifted for Christmas

Some people are really hard to buy Christmas gifts for. There is one such person on my list this year and I’ve scoured the internet looking for a good idea. Nothing.

Later, while sulking on Pinterest I found this really great recipe for candied pecans on Paint Chips and Frosting (it’s a neat blog so take some time to check it out if you head over there). If you know me, you know that I’ll only cook if I have to so, naturally, I was a little apprehensive about trying to make these. If you’re in the same boat, don’t be worried, it’s cake.

Outside of the pecans, you probably already have everything in your kitchen.

After my first test batch earlier this week, I modified a few things. It tasted very good, but I made modifications because instead of actually following the directions and sprinkling the sugar mixture on top of the pecans, I dropped the pecans in the sugar mixture and covered them so I actually pulled in more of the sugar mixture than I had anticipated. Who can argue with more sugar and cinnamon?

Things You Will Need
1 egg white
1 Tbsp water
1/2 cup sugar
1 Tbsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp salt
8 oz pecan halves
Coconut oil

Instructions
Preheat oven to 250.

Line your baking sheet with foil and spread a thin layer of coconut oil over it.

Mix sugar, cinnamon, and salt in one bowl and whisk egg white, water, and vanilla extract in a separate bowl.

Add a small amount of pecan halves to the wet mixture and stir.

Transfer those pecans to the sugar bowl and coat evenly.

Repeat until you’ve covered all of the pecans.

Spread pecans evenly across the baking sheet and bake for 1 hour.

Stir them every 15 minutes or they will stick together.

Let them sit out for 10 minutes after baking.

Gift
When they’re finished, you can fill up a mason jar and decorate with scrapbook paper, ribbons, etc. They make a sweet gift!

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14 thoughts on “Candied Pecans As Christmas Gifts

    • Haha, that’s good to hear! Are you going to try to make them? Because I highly recommend it! I seriously can’t wait to gift these.

    • I could do that as well. I am giving a lot of crafty things this year, food, candles, coasters, etc. It’s going to be a good one. Are you gifting art this year?

    • They are very yummy! Slightly time consuming because you have to check them every 15 mins, but they’re soon worth it.

  1. ummm Yum!!!! these look great!!! totally doing this (even if it’s just for me!) and then added bonus: my kitchen will smell like those fancy nut stands in the mall!!!!

    • It really does make your kitchen smell like those nut stands, too! Maybe only for a few hours though. They’re so yummy. 🙂

    • Oh yes, I highly recommend it! They’re pretty yummy. The blog I referenced had a recipe for candied almonds too. That might be something else to check out! Thanks 🙂

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