Home Baked Holidays: Nuts 4 Candied Pecans


by Nov 30th, 2010 // Desserts, Giveaway, Holiday, Snacks

Home Baked Holidays: Nuts 4 Candied Pecans

Home Baked Holidays: Nuts 4 Candied Pecans

My kid is nuts for nuts. Cashews, almonds, peanuts. You name it! But his favorite are pecans. Admittedly, I’m pretty nuts for nuts too. I’m not sure if it’s New York City nostalgia or the taste, but I’m especially fond of sugared nuts.

Home Baked Holidays: Nuts 4 Candied Pecans

For this Home Baked Holiday gift idea, I set out to recreate New York City’s famous Nuts 4 Nuts. Have you ever had the pleasure of eating them on a cold winter day? They are sold by street vendors and they warm the brisk air with their amazinglyly sweet and nutty scent. Mmmmmm.

Home Baked Holidays: Nuts 4 Candied Pecans

Fifteen minutes into baking I was dutifully washing the dishes half scowling at the fact that when we cook we have to clean up, but just as that thought crossed my mind into my nostrils danced the smell of nutty cinnamon and sugar baking in my oven. Divine!

Home Baked Holidays: Nuts 4 Candied Pecans

We let the nuts cool all the way down then in the morning we slipped them into adorable round tins we picked up at The Container Store. My kid had so much fun sneaking pecans while he customized the labels. So cute!

Home Baked Holidays: Nuts 4 Candied Pecans

You can download my labels for FREE here. You can either print them on sticker paper or glossy paper and use double sided tape. Either way they’ll look adorable! Now for the recipe…

Nuts 4 Candied Pecans Recipe

Prep Time: 5 mins  Cooking Time: 1 hour
adapted from All Recipes.com

2 large egg whites
1 tablespoon water
1 pound shelled pecans
1 cup extra fine bakers sugar / sometimes called caster sugar (near the granulated sugar at the market)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Preheat oven to 250 degrees. In a mixing bowl, whip together the egg whites and water until frothy. In a gallon sized Ziploc bag, mix together sugar, salt, and cinnamon. Pour egg whites in a separate gallon Ziploc and add pecans. Shake vigorously until coated. Transfer pecans to bag with cinnamon sugar and shake to coat nuts evenly. Spread the nuts out on a well greased baking sheet (we used a Silpat) and bake for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes to roast evenly.
Home Baked Holidays: Nuts 4 Candied Pecans

57 Comments on “Home Baked Holidays: Nuts 4 Candied Pecans”

  1. 1.) Barefoot Belle
    November 30th, 2010

    Yum! These look divine. Being a southern girl, I'm partial to pecans myself.

  2. 2.) Jeannette
    November 30th, 2010

    I can almost smell them baking now!! I'd almost make these, just so my kitchen could have that delicious scent!! Good thing they look delicious too.

  3. 3.) paulajakobs
    November 30th, 2010

    I love candied pecans! And living in Texas, they would make a very nice "local" gift. What do you all think about home made treats as a teacher gift? My daughter has 2 teachers at preschool and my son as 3 in 1st grade (he's in special education) then there's the bus driver and many other school staff. Is it tacky to just do homemade gifts for them or is it more appropriate to also buy something? With all the teachers they have barnes & nobles gift cards (what I've done in the past) get pretty expensive.

  4. 4.) Anna B.
    November 30th, 2010

    Yum! And I love the pretty labels!
    @paulajakobs: I think homemade gifts would be perfect for teachers (especially if they're in cute little packages)! They don't necessarily expect anything, & the gifts they do get are usually candy or other little things. In fact, I might have to make some pretty homemade gifts for my son's preschool teachers!

  5. 5.) Amanda
    November 30th, 2010

    Mmm, these look delicious. I'm not a big nut lover but I bet I could devour these!

  6. 6.) Laura
    November 30th, 2010

    Knock, knock. Who's there? Pecan. Pecan Who? Pecan Someone your own size! :)

  7. 7.) Dana
    November 30th, 2010

    yum..I had these in Charleston once. So good!

  8. 8.) Min
    November 30th, 2010

    I love nuts, especially this time of year, still warm from the oven! If you're in the mood for something delicious yet mildly spicy, try my Cocoa Chile Pecans!

    @paulajakobs, My son is in 2nd grade, and I am making a scarf for his teacher (as I have for the others each year). I find out their favorite color, crochet them a scarf, include a hand-written note from my son, they love it. (at the end of the school year, just because they've been awesome, I make them a semi-precious stone + silver bracelet, also in their favorite color) Now I just have to figure out what to do when our youngest son starts kindergarten with the same teacher, who already has a scarf & bracelet…

  9. 9.) Miranda
    November 30th, 2010

    Is it bad if I just make these for myself and don't give them away?:)

  10. 10.) Emily
    November 30th, 2010

    Yum! Looks great

  11. 11.) judean
    November 30th, 2010

    yup–pecans are my fave too–especially with cinnamon and sugar! will give this recipe a try this year :)

  12. 12.) katierk
    November 30th, 2010

    if i served these at my family's christmas they'd be gone too fast:)

  13. 13.) adamzurn
    November 30th, 2010

    The only thing better than salted nuts are nuts coated in sugar. Mmmm…

  14. 14.) Lucy
    November 30th, 2010

    Can’t wait to try them!

  15. 15.) Kate
    November 30th, 2010

    I love the packaging.

  16. 16.) Lisa
    November 30th, 2010

    These look great. Do you know how far ahead they can be made? Not that I think they will last long in my house!

  17. 17.) debbiejl
    November 30th, 2010

    These sound delicous! I think I am going to make them this weekend, but probably with walnuts (which I like better. Or, maybe I should make them with pecans so I dont eat them all!) :D

    BTW, even though I am leaving comments all this week, I just want you to know that I read your blog everyday.

    I love the knock knock joke someone submitted.

  18. 18.) Cara
    November 30th, 2010

    Gus did so well on the label! and I love the idea of these as a gift! YUM!

  19. 19.) Sara
    November 30th, 2010

    These look scrumptious!!! Will have to make them!

  20. 20.) CookingWithMyKid
    November 30th, 2010

    I'm nuts 4 nuts!!!! This is one of my favorite treats in NYC!

  21. 21.) ashley
    December 1st, 2010

    These are my absolute favorite cookies ever. I don't know if you have the archway prepackaged cookies near you or not, but they make them as well (I forget what they call them…) but I accidentally bought some one year that looked like these, but were malted and with cashews, it was heartbreaking, and ever since then, I've just made my own. Better for you and now there are no mixups.

  22. 22.) ashley
    December 1st, 2010

    oh no my bad, i thought i was commenting on the snowball post!

  23. 23.) Katherine
    December 1st, 2010

    Oh these look divine!

  24. 24.) Wendy
    December 1st, 2010

    YUM!! I can smell the street vendors now!

  25. 25.) Misty Sedehi
    December 1st, 2010

    Love how easy these are, gotta love when all the work is done in the oven!!

  26. 26.) Mariela
    December 1st, 2010

    Nuts &coffee in the morning ,thanks for the recipe guys=}

  27. 27.) Jolene
    December 1st, 2010

    These look fantastic! I think we'll be adding it to our holiday baking list!

  28. 28.) mapofidaho
    December 1st, 2010

    Those pecan are beautiful! I love candied pecans sprinkled on a salad. Thanks for sharing your recipe! I am trying it today!

  29. 29.) ``` amacmillan
    December 1st, 2010

    these look so good. Not sure I will want to share them.

  30. 30.) Samantha
    December 1st, 2010

    Yum!! Being from Texas (and now in NY), I miss my candied pecans! Thanks for such a great recipe!!

  31. 31.) kat
    December 1st, 2010

    Yummy! I love candied nuts! They are great on a salad with dried cranberries!

  32. 32.) Andrea
    December 2nd, 2010

    I love the labels!

  33. 33.) Shannon
    December 2nd, 2010

    I had no idea making candied nuts was so easy! Thanks! I'll be using this recipe very soon.

  34. 34.) michelle
    December 2nd, 2010

    terrific and we live in pecan country. this might make me feel better about giving teachers gift certificates if they get that along with a fab homemade gift like this

  35. 35.) Lara
    December 2nd, 2010

    I love candied pecans. And walnuts. And almonds. Any nut will do, really. I think this makes a great gift – along with the popcorn!

  36. 36.) Sara
    December 2nd, 2010

    I have been looking for a good spiced nut recipe and am going to give this a try! Thanks!

  37. 37.) mindy t
    December 2nd, 2010

    mmmm. Will be making these tomorrow!

  38. 38.) Amy
    December 2nd, 2010

    These look very dangerous, I love nuts and could probably eat a whole batch.

  39. 39.) Sue
    December 2nd, 2010

    I love edible gifts!

  40. 40.) BPansy
    December 2nd, 2010

    another great idea! with any nut, any candied or spiced recipe, and any cute lil containter ~ you're inspiring me so much with your posts! thank you!!

  41. 41.) Melissa
    December 2nd, 2010

    Oh, I love candied nuts! I'll have to give this a try!

  42. 42.) BethAnn
    December 2nd, 2010

    Wow we just had a vendor at work bring in some cinnamon pecans. And I was thinking I should find a recipe. Now I was catching up on some blogs and here they are. Awesome can't wait try them.

  43. 43.) Erica
    December 2nd, 2010

    Yummy, Looks good. Suck cute labels

  44. 44.) Monica S.
    December 4th, 2010

    These look delicious, and I love the way you prettied up the tin from the Container Store – it looks super fancy!

  45. 45.) Amanda
    December 4th, 2010

    yum, one of my favorite about the holidays, there are always nuts around… the actual and family variaties!

  46. 46.) Justine
    December 5th, 2010

    My husband loves these. And was VERY unhappy with me last year when I forgot to make them. I won't forget this year!! :) Thanks for the reminder.

  47. 47.) Jennifer
    December 5th, 2010

    I did spiced nuts a couple years ago for the holidays. I think it's time for a comeback this year.

  48. 48.) Angela L.
    December 5th, 2010

    YUM. I can't believe how delicious those look. Your photography is gorgeous too, by the way. Merry Christmas!!

  49. 49.) Charlene
    December 6th, 2010

    Never thought of a "food gift" for teachers. This just might be a good thing! I love the smell of the roasting and cinnamon.

  50. 50.) Cecilia
    December 7th, 2010

    These definitely look like they'd be worth making. Or eating. Or both.

  51. 51.) BeckyS
    December 7th, 2010

    Oh my gosh, I need to make these ASAP, I used to get the best candied pecans at Epcot but now I live 1500 miles away and I've been craving them

  52. 52.) Wendy
    December 10th, 2010

    I've been making these for years and years with a slightly different recipe. I use 1 egg white only, use regular granulated sugar and and additional 1/2 to 1 tsp salt (based on preference). I also only stir once after 30 minutes. I have kept them in a glass jar for over 2 months and they were still good. These are always awesome and I actually prefer these to the nuts sold at those little stands.

  53. 53.) Wendy
    December 18th, 2010

    Just made these for our annual Christmas party and they smell delish! And 20 month old Jack love smooshing the pecans around in the bag. ( also, I couldn't find bakers sugar so I stuck granulated in the food processor for a minute)

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