Candied Spiced Pecans

by Kris on December 14, 2011

I have a walk in closet and I love it. I store everything in there, sometimes I even hang out in it. The other day I was organizing Christmas presents and decided the safest place to do this was in my closet. Nervous Greg would open the door and see his presents, I locked myself in. After cleaning up, I shut the door behind me.

Yesterday morning, I went to grab my camera from my closet to photograph these lovely candied pecans I had so meticulously laid out. I turned the door knob and realized the door was still locked! Still in my pyjamas with a lot of errands ahead of me, I began to panic.

Greg and I tried every trick in the book; a credit card, bobby pins, paper clips. We even made a bump key but nothing worked. Finally we called our building manager who sent over two old cowboys to solve the problem. Now when I say cowboys, I literally mean the John Wayne type, Stetson and all!

These two men quickly broke down my door, tipped their hats and went on their way. If they hadn’t left so fast, I would have thanked them with a bag of these candied pecans. I’m no expert, but I’m pretty sure cowboys love pecans.

So, thank you cowboys for the saving the day!

Candied Spiced Pecans

  • 2 cups pecans
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp allspice
  • ¼ tsp ground cloves
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg
  • ½ cup butter
  • 1 tsp maple extract
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar

Preheat oven to 300

Line a cookie sheet with tin foil and coat with cooking spray. Set aside.

In a shallow bowl sift together granulated sugar, cinnamon, allspice, cloves, and nutmeg. Set aside.

In a small bowl, whisk together maple extract, brown sugar and water.

Over medium heat, melt butter in a skillet. slowly whisk in brown sugar mixture and bring to a boil. Add pecans and stir to coat. Simmer for about 1-2 minutes until well coated.

With a slotted spoon, transfer pecans to the reserved sugar and spice bowl. Coat pecans with sugar.

Place pecans evenly on prepared cookie sheet and bake for 15 minutes. Stir pecans and bake for an additional 15 minutes. Let cool completely before serving.

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