I’m a huge fan of spiced nuts (we gave them out at our wedding favors)! Spiced nuts and the holidays go together like green eggs and ham. I love having a few batches on hand, in case a friend stops by unexpectedly. They’re the perfect addition to a simple cheese board. And they make for the perfect gift; I love giving the gift of a basket filled with some of my kitchen must-haves, like a wooden spoon, linen towel, and jars of applesauce, flavored pecans, and herbs de provence sea salt – three essentials in my pantry! It’s simple to make a large batch of these nuts.
I had been making a quite sugary nut, and decided to try my hand at a sweet and savory version, and love them! I partnered with Finlandia and used their unsalted butter, which added so much great flavor and crispiness to the nuts…the taste is legendary! The butter you use on these nuts makes such a difference, so make sure you’re using a good butter!
These nuts have a very slight kick from the cayenne; you can keep it out altogether, use less, or if you want a slightly more spicy nut, use 1/4 tsp.
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Buttery, Sweet & Spicy Pecans
makes 3 cups
3 cups pecan halves
2/3 cup light brown sugar
2 egg whites
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp coriander
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
6 tbsp melted unsalted butter
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Melt butter in a small saucepan, then remove from heat. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a small bowl mix together spices. In another small bowl, lightly beat egg white, then add sugar and spice mixture. Mix thoroughly.
Toss pecans with egg and spice mixture. Pour melted butter over parchment paper, then add pecans. Lightly toss pecans with butter, then place in oven. Bake for 10 minutes, then stir. Bake for another 10-15 minutes.
Remove from oven, and allow to cool slightly. Carefully loosen pecans from parchment paper, then remove parchment paper (with pecans still on paper) from baking sheet and allow to cool on tabletop or counter. Enjoy warm or store in jars. Perfect gift or addition to your cheese & charcuterie boards this holiday
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Finlandia™ . The opinions and text are all mine.
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