Brown-Sugared Pecans (or Walnuts)

| 12/20/2016 10:04:00 AM

Tags: nuts, orange zest, cinnamon, sweets, recipes, fleur de sel, gifts, holidays, snacks, Texas, Wendy Akin,


A friend gave me this recipe nearly 50 years ago. Back then, the recipe was for walnuts, but since moving South, I now use pecans. These are addictive! You can’t eat just one. The recipe is easily doubled and I usually do. Prettily packaged, these make a nice little Christmas gift.


• 1 cup brown sugar, packed
• ¼ tsp sea salt
• ¼ tsp best cinnamon
• 1 tsp grated orange peel*
• 6 tbsp milk (3/8 cup)
• 1 tsp best vanilla
• 2 ½ cups pecan halves
• a pinch or two of best sea salt


1. I use my Grandmother’s ancient cast-aluminum pot for this and the big wooden spoon I use for jam. Clip on a good candy thermometer.

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