By Kelly Bogard
I love the holidays. The sights and sounds make my days merry and bright. And the aromas! Who can forget about the smells of the holiday. Sweet and spicy smells from the kitchen intermingle with the smells of a cozy, warm fire in the fireplace. Oh, I just melt!
Pecans are a staple for Texans during the holidays. In breads, cakes, cookies, pies…you get the idea. They are an amazing stand-alone treat. This week’s recipe proves it.
These little candied jewels smell amazing while they are slow roasting. Be prepared to draw a crowd!
Cook on low for two and a half hours, stirring every 30 minutes. After the two and a half hours, pour the water onto the hot pecans and stir. This is what gives them the crunch. Cook for 30 minutes more and then remove to cool.
These sweet candies are perfect for holiday gatherings or as gifts for friends and co-workers. We even made these cute tags to attach to your homemade goodies. You can download them here.
And they are a great way to get the sweet smells of the season started in your house. From all of us at Texas Table Top, enjoy!
Recipe: Slow Cooker Candied Pecans
Summary: Warm, sweet Texas pecans dressed up for the holidays
- 5 C. pecan halves
- 2 egg whites
- 1 C. granulated sugar
- 3/4 C. brown sugar
- 1 Tbsp. vanilla
- 1 Tbsp. cinnamon
- 2 tsp. nutmeg
- 1/4 C. water
- cooking spray
- Prepare the slow cooker with cooking spray and turn on low.
- Place the pecans in the slow cooker.
- Mix together sugars and seasonings. Set aside.
- Whisk together egg whites and vanilla.
- Pour over pecans and stir in to coat.
- Sprinkle the sugar mixture over the nuts and stir well to coat.
- Cover and stir every 30 minutes for two and a half hours.
- Mix in water and cook for 30 minutes more.
- Removed to a lined surface for the nuts to dry and cool.
- Serve warm or cool completely to store.
Cooking time (duration): 3 hour(s), 0 minutes
Number of servings (yield): 5 Cups