Hubby started requesting these as soon as the weather started to cool down. With Thanksgiving just having passed, I figured I'd go ahead and make him happy, lol. I actually let the 10-year-old make them this time, and he had no trouble at all. I doubled the recipe, and I just put the butter directly into the crockpot while it warmed and let it melt in there. Perfect, and it saved a dish to use for melting in the microwave. It needs just a bit more sweetness, in my opinion, so I'm thinking I may cut the butter and up the powdered sugar. Either that, or I may mix in a bit of white sugar with the sifted spices at the end. I need to think on that. I plan to make them again soon, though, so I can definitely do some experimenting. :-)
CROCKPOT SUGARED PECANS
(luckymommyto2boys ~ Amy ~ via The Gingerbread Blog)
16 ounces pecans or walnut halves
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1. Turn slow cooker to HIGH about 15 minutes in advance. In hot slow cooker, stir together the nuts and butter.
2. Add the powdered sugar, stirring to blend and coat evenly. Cover and cook on HIGH for 15 minutes. Reduce the heat to LOW and remove lid; cook, uncovered, stirring occasionally, for about 2 to 3 hours, or until the nuts are coated with a crisp glaze.
3. Transfer the nuts to a bowl.
4. In another small bowl, combine the spices; sift over the nuts, stirring to coat evenly. Let cool before serving.
*luckymommy's notes: I add the unmelted butter directly to the crockpot while it warms and let it melt in there.
9/23/12 ~ Hubby loves the cinnamon sugar pecans that are sold at football games and at the stores during Christmas season. For some reason, you can't find them anywhere in stores around here right now. I went in search of some that I could make at home, and came across this recipe for the crockpot. Score! These are positively divine. They taste kind of a like a mixture between pumpkin pie and pecan pie. Yummy, yummy, yummy! They don't get as crispy as the ones at the football games do, so I'll probably try another recipe eventually. They definitely hold their own, though. Both boys loved them as well.
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