Thanksgiving is almost upon us, and it wouldn't be the holidays if we were not all scrambling around last minute trying to prepare for the big day!
I love any easy and quick recipe that can be prepared the night before and help avoid any extra stress on the day of! This is one of my favorite little holiday snack items, they are always a HUGE hit at parties, and couldn't be easier! So if you have time on your way home from work to pick up a bag of pecans (or any nut of your choosing!) then consider making these as a wonderful hostess gift, or sweet addition to any party!
Start by measuring out 6 cups total of nuts. I used a mixture of 5 cups pecans and 1 cup raw almonds. Use whatever you prefer, of whatever you have around the house!
Take 2 egg whites and 2 tablespoons of water and beat on high using an electric mixer for 4-5 minutes, or until you see stiff white peaks. Next add your sugar, cinnamon and salt, gently folding together until combined.
Add the nut mixture, folding gently with a spatula. Make sure the nuts are completely covered. Pecan texture works the best and lends itself well to the candied mixture due to it's bumps, ridges and space for the goodness to get inside and hold on!
Once your nuts are well covered, spread them out on a cookie sheet, preferably on Silicone Baking Mats, or cover the sheet in parchment paper. Try to spread the mixture out evenly over the pan, I needed 2 cookie sheets for this recipe to evenly space the nuts.
Pop the cookie sheets into the oven for 45 minutes, stirring the mixture every 15 minutes to break up the pieces. Once the process is complete, try letting them cool for a few minutes before transferring them to a dish or covering them for keeping - but if you're anything like me I just started eating them fresh off of the pan! So delicious!!
- 5 cups pecan halves, unsalted
- 1 cup whole almonds, unsalted
- 2 egg whites
- 2 Tablespoons water
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 2 and 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 2 teaspoons salt
Preheat oven to 300F degrees. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper and spray with non-stick spray; or use a silicone baking mat. Set aside.
Mix pecans and almonds in a large bowl. Set aside.
Using an electric mixer, beat egg whites and water on medium-high speed until stiff peaks form, about 4-5 minutes. Add the sugar, cinnamon, and salt, gently folding until combined.
Pour/spoon sugar mixture over nuts and stir to coat completely. Spread nuts over the baking sheets and bake for 45 minutes, stirring every 15. Allow to cool completely and enjoy. Store nuts at room temperature for a few weeks, covered.
Enjoy! And Happy Thanksgiving to everyone celebrating! I am so thankful for the love and supprt this blog has received in these last couple months of blogging! I am so enjoying getting to know my readers, and wish you the happiest holidays!