That time of year is slowly (or not so slowly) approaching. It’s getting colder and darker much earlier, and if you can believe it, Christmas music was playing in Krogers today. Crazy, I know.
I’m willing to bet you a cookie that if you walk into a Shopping Mall here right now, you’ll be smacked in the face with the delicious smell of German Roasted Nuts. They’re a favorite around here, and I’m pretty sure my husband could polish off two large bags in an hour.
We don’t get to the mall very often, but the Hubs was dropping some hints that he wanted some of the delicious goodness that are the Pecans. So, me being me, I decided to make some.
Now, I’ve made these before, but they just didn’t turn out quite like I wanted. The pecans became mushy under the layer of hard sugar. Blech.
But after doing some messing around in my kitchen, I think I’ve come up with a pretty good recipe.
Its a very simple recipe. You’ll need
1 cup of brown sugar
1 cup white sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon of ground cinnamon
1/3 cup of water
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
4 cups of pecan halves
Extra white sugar for coating
You’ll also want a pot with high walls so you don’t splash super hot candy everywhere. I used my Red Copper Square Pan.
Start by preheating you oven to 350°. Then add your brown sugar, 1 cup white sugar, cinnamon, salt, and water to your pan and bring to a boil over medium heat. Do not use high heat as you don’t want to burn your sugar.
Once it comes to a boil and the sugar has dissolved, add your pecans and vanilla.
This is where you want to stir stir stir! The liquid will begin to cook out and the sugar will get thicker and coat the pecans. It’ll take a few good minutes so be prepared.
Once they’re fully coated, you can add your extra white sugar. I used about 1/4 cup but you can use more.
Once they’re coated, spread them out on to a lightly greased baking sheet, OR a baking sheet lined with parchment paper (I highly recommend parchment paper)
Place them into the oven until the sugar coating has melted and the pecans are roasted. It took about 10 minutes for me.
Once they were done. I let them cool completely before packaging.
They’re so delicious! And they taste just like the ones from the mall. I think The Hubs will enjoy them, and I hope you do too!