A few weeks ago my family and I were walking through the mall and passed a kiosk that sold roasted nuts. Little Mouse quickly piped up saying, “What is that wonderful smell?!” Then she wanted to rush over and buy some nuts to munch on. Rather than spending a lot on nuts at the mall, I told her that we could just make some at home. Although I had never made them before, I figured they weren’t too difficult, especially if they can be made in a kiosk at a mall.
Yesterday, we finally set aside some time to make them. I really can’t believe it took me 3 weeks to actually get into the kitchen and make them. (We were out-of-town for one of those weeks, so that doesn’t really count…) Little Mouse was so excited! She helped with all the steps (at least until her 4-year-old self got “bored” with stirring and she decided to run off to play).
I was right about one thing, they are VERY easy to make. I think it only took us 10 minutes or less to roast the pecans and then roughly 5-10 minutes to cool. The thing I didn’t think through was how VERY addicting they are!
I love that there are only 4 ingredients, and there is no added fat, only what is natural in the pecans.
Roasted Cinnamon Pecans
- 4 Cups whole pecans
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 4 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1/3 cup water
In a 10-inch skillet combine all the ingredients. Cook over medium heat until sugar is dissolved, and stir to coat the pecans. Continue cooking and stirring until the “sauce” cooks down and the nuts become very sticky. You want to be sure to keep stirring so the nuts are coated really well with the glaze. This takes 5-6 minutes for the sauce to cook down. Remove from heat and spread onto parchment paper to cool.
You can store these in an air-tight container for up to a month or so – if they last that long! They are perfect for those holiday parties, or even a nice gift – for teachers, hosts, co-workers, etc.
Enjoy! And try to pace yourself! Lol! 🙂