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Cinnamon always reminds me of winter. Whether it’s sprinkled over a nice hot cup of cocoa or in a freshly baked, gooey cinnamon bun – cinnamon is just comfort for me. So when I decided to try making cinnamon glazed pecans I got really excited! Not only can you sprinkle them over cakes, cupcakes, pies, cereal and yogurt, you can also eat them on their own as a snack (warning, they are highly addictive!!!).
I doubled the recipe below because I wanted to give these delicious goodies away as gifts in mason jars and of course I kept some for me!!!
3 cups of whole pecans
2 tbs softened butter
¾ cup of sugar
2 tbs of maple syrup
½ cup of water
½ tsp of salt
½ tsp of ground cinnamon
1 tsp of vanilla extract
Preheat the oven to 250 degrees. Place all the pecans on a cookie sheet and cook for 10 minutes.
Take 1 tbs of the butter and smooth over the sides of a large saucepan. At the bottom of the saucepan put in the sugar, maple syrup, salt, cinnamon and water.
Dissolve the sugar on low heat while constantly stirring. Once the sugar has dissolved increase the heat to medium until it starts to boil and then cover and cook for another 2 minutes. Uncover and cook until the temperature of the liquid sugar reaches 235 degrees by using a candy thermometer.
Remove the mixture from the heat and stir in the vanilla. Then add the warmed pecans to the saucepan and coat them completely.
Coat a cookie sheet with the remaining butter and evenly spread out the pecans onto it. Bake for 30 minutes at 250 degrees and stir the pecans halfway through.
If all the sugar has not crystalized on the pecans, return them to the oven for about 5 minutes more.
Remove the pecans from the oven and let cook on a piece of wax paper (ensure to separate the pecans from each other as much as possible). Once cooled, they can be used however you’d like! Enjoy!
Packaging Idea with a fun ribbon and tag in a Mason jar