This spectacular recipe can be made with any whole nuts; try cashews and almonds too.
INGREDIENTS | SERVES 24
- 2 egg whites
- ½ cup sugar
- ½ cup brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 pound pecan halves
- ½ pound walnut pieces
- ¼ cup butter
Preheat oven to 300°F.
In large bowl, beat egg whites until foamy. Gradually add sugar and beat until soft peaks form. Add brown sugar and beat until smooth.
Add cinnamon, ginger, pepper, and salt and mix well.
Fold in pecans and walnuts. Melt butter in 15″ × 10″ jelly roll pan in the oven, then spoon nut mixture into butter.
Bake for 1 hour, stirring and turning nuts every 15 minutes, until the nuts are crisp and coating is brown. Spread on paper towels to drain and cool, then store in airtight container.
Serve these nuts, along with candies, in small nut cups placed on a buffet table. They're also great as gifts too; just package them into small containers and give to your guests as they leave. Pour about ⅓ cup of nuts into cellophane packets and tie with a ribbon that matches your party's theme.