Sunday, January 20, 2013

Sugared Pecans

It is really hard to believe we are heading quickly toward the end of January and looking at Valentine's Day on the horizon.  While I don't like wishing my life away, I have to say the months after Christmas until Easter don't hold much appeal for me.  Maybe it is because I try to get indoor projects done during the winter months that I have avoided otherwise during the year, but the winter months seem to drag on relentlessly.

Valentine's Day is a welcome respite from the dreariness of winter.  It doesn't have to be just about romantic love, but can also be a time for savoring deep friendships, appreciation for anyone you care deeply about, and just plain fun.

If you are looking for an alternative to flowers and candy or maybe you know someone who really isn't that fond of chocolate, these pecans may be a nice sweet treat to give as a gift.  Olivia saw this recipe on television when country music singer, Trisha Yearwood, whipped them up in a matter of minutes.  Olivia made them and she was sold!  They are fast, easy, and taste very similar to those delicious nuts you are tempted by when you smell them roasting at the shopping mall.  A batch of these placed in a pretty package or jar would make a lovely Valentine treat.  I think you will like them!

Jerry's Sugared Pecans

Recipe adapted from Georgia Cooking in an Oklahoma Kitchen by Trisha Yearwood
Prep Time:
10 min
Inactive Prep Time:
15 min
Cook Time:
30 min
4 cups


  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
  • 3 large egg whites
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 4 cups pecan halves


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Line a large baking sheet with sides with aluminum foil. Pour the butter onto the lined sheet. In a large bowl, mix the egg whites, sugar and cinnamon. Add the pecan halves and toss until they are fully coated. Spread the pecans onto the baking sheet. Bake for 30 minutes, stirring the pecans every 10 minutes. Cool on the baking sheet for 10 to 15 minutes before serving.

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