Tuesday, December 16, 2008


A little bit of baking today.........but not Christmas cookies.

I decided to bake a pie and some sugar-coated pecans. Notice I have the back door open in the kitchen. It's unseasonably warm for December (70 degrees). I love days like this, even though it's overcast and gray.
The house right now smells delicious!

Pumpkin pie.

And "Mary Engelbreit's Sugar-Coated Pecans". They're so yummy.

I bake these sugar-coated pecans every Christmas, and give them as gifts.

Here is the recipe.

Mary Engelbreit's Sugar-Coated Pecans
(makes 3 cups)
1 egg white
3 cups (12 ounces) pecan halves
1 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 stick unsalted butter

1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Line a jelly roll pan with aluminum foil. In medium-sized bowl, combine egg white with 1 tablespoon water and whisk until foamy. Add pecans and stir until nuts are coated with egg white. Set aside.

2. In another bowl, combine sugar, salt, and cinnamon. Pour sugar mixture over moist nuts and stir to coat evenly.

3. In preheated oven, melt butter in jelly roll pan. Remove pan from oven and gently stir nuts into melted butter. Spread nuts out evenly and bake for 25 minutes, stirring occasionally. Watch them so they don't burn. Remove from oven and allow to cool directly in the pan.
Easy, and so good!
I put them in clear cellophane bags, and add a little tag.
A nice home made gift for the holidays.


Nancy and the fatties said...

Donna, happy holidays to you and your helpers! Those pecans look wonderful, somebody very lucky is getting a delicious gift.

Meggie said...
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Meggie said...

Hmmmm! I can smell the aroma from here. The pecans look awesome...save me some, please! How nice for you that you can keep the kitchen door open. It's in the mid 20s here in PA...a little too chilly for open doors.

Protege said...

That looks simply delicious. I love pumpkin pie! And the pecans look incredible.
Ah, 70 degrees, I recall those December days in Durham. I miss those days as well.;)

Sue said...

Hi Donna....thanks so much for the great looking recipe...I will have to go get some pecans and try these this weekend....Are you still not in the mood to bake cookies?? It's the weather,who feels like baking Christmas cookies if it's 70 degrees...It's unnatural....

Deb said...

Those sugar coated pecans look delicious! I can imagine how wonderful your kitchen smells with them baking :-)

Happy @ Home said...

Hi Donna,
Thanks for sharing your recipe. I have been trying to figure out a new "neighbor" gift for this year and the whole time I was reading your post I thought I hope she shares the recipe. In my opinion anything that involves a pecan is delicious. Hope the neighbors agree :-)

Merry Christmas.

Mimi Sue said...

I've been looking for something for the neighbors too. This might be just the ticket. Thanks for the recipe. Mimi

Catherine Holman said...

I love the lighting in your photos. Thanks for the recipe!

Jenny said...

Gorgeous pumpkin pie, Donna!! A picture that should be published in a cookbook! Truly! How much I loved reading that you make the decadent treats from ME! I'm a huge fan of her's and consult her books with every holiday ... have not tried the sugared pecans - just might have to add that to my already too long of a list!! Awe - sleep - who needs it?? LOL!

Blessings ~

The Summer Kitchen Interiors said...

Ohhhh....our favorite! If we'd have been there - you wouldn't have much to package up and give away!!

Ruth Welter said...

Hi Donna...you've been a busy girl...all that baking, looks delicious!!


Jean said...

Your pecans look and sound wonderful. I'll give them a try if I have the time. My list of things I want to do keeps getting longer. Jean

Tara said...


oooh! These sound sweet!

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

Do you need my address so you can send me a bag of those pecans? (grin). Is that your home in the your banner? How absolutely charming. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Donna.

Sandy said...

Hi Donna,
OH YUMMY! Those look so good.
Love your holiday blog header!
Have a wonderful day.

Suzanne said...

Yum! Thanks for the recipe...those look great!

Donna said...

I'll be making These!! Thanks sweetie!hughugs

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