Earlier this year, I asked dear friend and former teacher, aSw, to name her favorite of all the teacher gifts that she received. She responded with this reply,
The best present I ever received from a student was spiced pecans. I know that sounds crazy, but they were so delicious! They weren’t expensive, and they were made with love. I asked his mother for the recipe, which she was kind enough to share. I have made them every year since . . . for teachers, for friends/neighbors, for coworkers . . . everyone LOVES them! For teachers, I usually made them and put them in a mug. Now that [son] has so many teachers, I just send the nuts in a bag with a pretty bow and card. I’ve attached the recipe, just in case you want it. This was my favorite present because every year when I make these nuts, I’m reminded of [student giver]. He’s in college now, maybe even graduated . . . . I’ve lost track of time. He was a great kid. This is an inexpensive and personal gift . . . things that people make always have a little love in them.
With such an endorsement, of course I want the recipe and am excited to share it with the whole posse.
- 1 lb pecan halves
- 1 T water
- 1 egg white
- 1 c sugar
- 1 t salt
- 1 t cinnamon
- Whisk together the egg white and water until frothy.
- Add pecans and stir to coat.
- Mix dry ingredients, pour over pecans, and stir to coat.
- Spread on a cookie sheet.
- Bake in a 300° oven for 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes.
- aSw often uses 1½ lbs of pecans, so they aren’t quite so sweet.
- Use parchment paper on the cookie sheet to make clean up a lot easier!
There’s a good chance you have had these addictive, melt-in-your-mouth pecans before.
The recipe is simple, and the taste is a true Christmas classic. Thanks for sharing, aSw! Nothing like easy gift inspiration from the source.