A traditional Southern favorite, these sweet-roasted pecans are an easy and deliciously addictive treat that anyone can make at home. Including prep time, the recipe can be finished and ready to eat in a little over an hour.
1 egg white
1/2 tablespoon water
1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups pecan halves
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
Begin by preheating the oven to 225 degrees F
(105 degrees C). While the oven is warming up, lightly grease a rimmed baking pan.
In a mixing bowl, combine the egg white, water, and vanilla and beat until the mixture is fluffy. Add the pecan halves and fold them into the mixture until they are full coated. Set the nuts aside on a plate. In another small bowl, mix the brown sugar, salt, and ground cinnamon. Then sprinkle this mixture evenly on both sides of the pecans.
Spread the nuts out across the prepared baking pan and bake for an hour, stirring the nuts every 15-20 minutes so that they cook evenly. The pecans should be nicely toasted and quite fragrant. Remove the pecans from the oven and allow them to cool for a few minutes. Serve them warm or store them for a later snack.
If pecans are not readily available, feel free to substitute an equal amount of another nut. Peanuts, cashews, almonds, and walnuts work particularly well! For those that prefer a touch of spice, add a pinch of allspice and cayenne pepper to the sugar mixture. A 1/4 cup of Splenda can be substituted for the brown sugar for a healthier, diabetic-friendly approach to this classic treat.