Candied Thyme Pecans

Candied thyme pecans are salt and sweet and roasted to a crunchy perfection.  Delicious for holiday snacking or gift giving they're incredibly easy to prepare.  Package the tasty morsels in cellophane bags, cute little jars, or gift tins and keep these ready as a holiday gift.  

Candied Thyme Pecans

Servings: makes 5 cups

1/2 cup brown sugar, packed

1/3 cup granulated sugar

1 Tablespoon dried thyme leaves

1 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

3 cups (12 ounces) pecans halves, unsalted

1 egg white

1. Preheat oven to 300°F.  Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment or a silicone mat.

2. In a small bowl, whisk together the brown sugar, granulated sugar, thyme leaves, salt and cayenne pepper until well combined.  Set aside.

3. In a medium bowl, whisk the egg white until frothy.  Add pecans and toss until evenly coated. Add the sugar mixture, and toss until pecans are well coated.

4. Arrange coated pecans in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet. Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes.

5. Remove baking sheet from the oven and stir the pecans. 

6. Return baking sheet to the oven and continue baking until the pecans are fragrant and the coating is no longer wet in spots, 10-15 minutes.

7. Place the baking sheet on a cooling rack until the pecans are completely cool.

Do Ahead: Nuts can be made 2 weeks ahead. Store in airtight container at room temperature.