Jennifer Legeti’s Classic Sugared Holiday Nuts

The classic, perfect nut for an open house. My friend Jennifer Legeti claims that she isn’t much of a cook but every time she gives me a recipe, it immediately becomes an essential part of my repertoire. She bags these in the winter for holiday gifts. Pair with mulled wine for adults and hot cider for kids.

Jennifer Legeti’s Classic Sugared Holiday Nuts
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Serves: 4 cups
  • 2 large egg whites (4 tablespoons)
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 cups lightly toasted pecan halves
  1. Preheat the oven to 250 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Place the egg whites in a large stainless steel bowl and whisk until frothy.
  3. Slowly whisk in the salt and sugar until thick.
  4. Fold in the nuts and toss until well coated.
  5. Transfer to the prepared pan and arrange in a single layer.
  6. Place in the oven and bake, stirring gently every 15 minutes, until the meringue covers the nuts with a chewy pale golden brown coating, about 35-40 minutes.
  7. Let sit 5 minutes and then remove from pan. If you leave them in the pan too long, they will be hard to remove.
  8. Immediately loosen the nuts with a spatula and set aside to cool.