Home Baked Holidays: Nuts 4 Candied Pecans
by Nov 30th, 2010 // Desserts, Giveaway, Holiday, Snacks
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.
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.
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!
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!
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
Yum! These look divine. Being a southern girl, I'm partial to pecans myself.
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.
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.
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!
Mmm, these look delicious. I'm not a big nut lover but I bet I could devour these!
Knock, knock. Who's there? Pecan. Pecan Who? Pecan Someone your own size! 🙂
yum..I had these in Charleston once. So good!
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…
Is it bad if I just make these for myself and don't give them away?:)
Yum! Looks great
yup–pecans are my fave too–especially with cinnamon and sugar! will give this recipe a try this year 🙂
if i served these at my family's christmas they'd be gone too fast:)
The only thing better than salted nuts are nuts coated in sugar. Mmmm…
Can’t wait to try them!
I love the packaging.
These look great. Do you know how far ahead they can be made? Not that I think they will last long in my house!
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!) 😀
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.
Gus did so well on the label! and I love the idea of these as a gift! YUM!
These look scrumptious!!! Will have to make them!
I'm nuts 4 nuts!!!! This is one of my favorite treats in NYC!
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.
oh no my bad, i thought i was commenting on the snowball post!
Oh these look divine!
YUM!! I can smell the street vendors now!
Love how easy these are, gotta love when all the work is done in the oven!!
Nuts &coffee in the morning ,thanks for the recipe guys=}
These look fantastic! I think we'll be adding it to our holiday baking list!
Those pecan are beautiful! I love candied pecans sprinkled on a salad. Thanks for sharing your recipe! I am trying it today!
these look so good. Not sure I will want to share them.
Yum!! Being from Texas (and now in NY), I miss my candied pecans! Thanks for such a great recipe!!
Yummy! I love candied nuts! They are great on a salad with dried cranberries!
I love the labels!
I had no idea making candied nuts was so easy! Thanks! I'll be using this recipe very soon.
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
I love candied pecans. And walnuts. And almonds. Any nut will do, really. I think this makes a great gift – along with the popcorn!
I have been looking for a good spiced nut recipe and am going to give this a try! Thanks!
mmmm. Will be making these tomorrow!
These look very dangerous, I love nuts and could probably eat a whole batch.
I love edible gifts!
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!!
Oh, I love candied nuts! I'll have to give this a try!
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.
Yummy, Looks good. Suck cute labels
These look delicious, and I love the way you prettied up the tin from the Container Store – it looks super fancy!
yum, one of my favorite about the holidays, there are always nuts around… the actual and family variaties!
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.
I did spiced nuts a couple years ago for the holidays. I think it's time for a comeback this year.
YUM. I can't believe how delicious those look. Your photography is gorgeous too, by the way. Merry Christmas!!
Never thought of a "food gift" for teachers. This just might be a good thing! I love the smell of the roasting and cinnamon.
These definitely look like they'd be worth making. Or eating. Or both.
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
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.
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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