December 4, 2010

Swedish Nuts

Posted in Desserts tagged , at 8:10 am by Sheila OConnell

This is a great – and easy – holiday treat that also is a good gift.  I made a batch last night to divide between two parties that we are going to this weekend.  If possible, get the pecans from a store like Wegmans or Whole Foods that has nice plump ones in a bin – don’t get the little shriveled up ones that come in sealed bags.

   4 cups pecan halves
   dash salt
   1/2 cup butter or margarine*
   3/4 cup sugar
   2 stiffly beaten egg whites
   1 tsp vanilla

Using a large cookie sheet with sides, toast pecan halves about 5 minutes in oven at 300 degrees.  Remove from oven and increase heat to 350.

Beat egg whites until stiff.  Fold in sugar and salt, and add vanilla.  Stir nuts into egg white mixture.  (Usually I use a small bowl to beat the egg whites and another larger bowl to mix all together.)  Melt butter in the cookie sheet, or you can melt it in a pot and add it to the cookie sheet.  Spread the nut mixture over the butter in the cookie sheet.

Bake at 350 until light brown and butter has soaked in to nuts, stirring twice while baking.  For margarine, this will be about 30 minutes with stirring every 10 minutes; for butter, stir every 7 minutes or so and it may be done between 20 and 25 minutes.

* You can use butter or margarine.  If you use butter you will have to watch the nuts closely because they can burn easily.  When I use butter I decrease the baking time from 30 minutes to about 25 minutes or less.

posted by Sheila


1 Comment »

  1. […] 2010 for Thanksgiving I used chopped Swedish Nuts instead of regular pecans and it was sinfully […]

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