The egg white helps the spice mixture adhere evenly and gives the pecans a crisp, glossy coating.
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon light brown sugar
2 teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
1 large egg white
4 cups pecan halves
Vegetable cooking spray
How to Make It
Preheat oven to 275°. Stir together first 8 ingredients in a medium bowl.
Whisk together egg white and 1 Tbsp. water in a separate medium bowl until foamy. (No liquid should remain.) Add pecans, stirring to coat.
Add pecan mixture to sugar mixture, stirring until evenly coated. Spread pecans in a single layer on a lightly greased (with cooking spray) aluminum foil-lined half-sheet pan (about 17 x 12 inches).
Bake at 275° for 50 to 55 minutes or until sugar mixture hardens and nuts are toasted, stirring every 15 minutes. Spread immediately in a single layer on wax paper; cool completely (about 30 minutes). Store in an airtight container up to 7 days.
These pecans are delicious. I tested them on a houseful of guests in Thanksgiving last year and they were a hit! People asked where I bought them! I made at least 2 more batches and gave them away as Christmas gifts, and ate some myself with a spiked eggnog every evening throughout the holiday season. Merry, merry!