Candied pecans with a sweet crunchy shell flavored with cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves. Makes enough to share, but save some for yourself!
Your friends will love you even more when they get some of these in their holiday goodie basket! Not a fan of pecans? Just substitute your favorites. Don’t need a big batch? You can easily cut this recipe in half.
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These candied pecans are a great holiday food gift…if I can keep Hubby out of them that long!
He seriously loves the things, but they are so expensive to buy! So I make my own. You can’t believe how easy they are. And they look so cute tucked into a holiday gift basket.
FYI, even though these candied pecans are made in the slow cooker, this is not a set it and forget it type of recipe. Be prepared to hang around because the pecans need to be stirred every 20 minutes.
Start by giving your slow cooker a good spray with cooking spray, it will help with clean up later.
I don’t recommend using a liner with this recipe because the sugar will stick to it. Plus, all of the stirring involved makes the liner slide around a lot.
This is one of my favorite kitchen hacks. Use a slotted spoon to separate the eggs.
Beat the egg whites and vanilla until they’re frothy.
Dump the pecans in the slow cooker and pour the egg white mixture over the top.
Stir it well until all of the pecans are evenly coated.
Then, sprinkle the pumpkin pie spice sugar mixture over the pecans, and stir until they’re very well coated.
Cover and cook on low for 3 hours, stirring every 20 minutes.
When you get to the last 20 minutes, pour the water into slow cooker, and stir again. The pecans should all look glossy. If any of them look dry, keep stirring.
Replace the lid and cook for the final 20 minutes.
When the cooking time is up, spread the pecans on a parchment lined cookie sheet to cool until dry. Stir them occasionally to break up any clusters and to ensure they all cool and dry.
If you plan on giving these candied pecans as gifts, there are so many cute holiday containers!
Michaels and Walmart are my two favorite sources, but even grocery stores and drug stores have good stuff this time of year.
Helpful hint: even if you spray your slow cooker it will look like a sugar encrusted nightmare when you’re done. Not to worry, a long soak in hot, soapy water will clean it right up.
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