In the kitchen, my habits tend to gravitate towards the, “I’ve never tried that before, let’s make it!” end of the spectrum, instead of relying heavily on the same recipes again and again. These candied maple cinnamon pecans, though? Well they’ve been around a loong time, and I don’t see them leaving my recipe book anytime soon.
They’re sweet, salty, cinnamon-y and full of caramlized maple goodness. And on top of all that they’re gluten, dairy and refined sugar free. Hip hip hooray for healthy(ish) treats!!
It’s a little late for this idea, (but never too early to tuck this recipe in your back pocket for next year!) but these always make a welcome, home made holiday present, and would also make a wonderful host gift for a winter dinner party. Note to self – have more winter dinner parties!
I always really love this time of year, especially January, as it means a slowing down of social obligations, more calm, quality time with friends and family, and a moving inward to shape up those goals for the new year. And there’s not a much better accompaniment to that energy than cooking deliciously warm, simple meals, and inviting friends over to share them with, over a bottle of wine (or two.. ). It’s like the warm fuzzies from the holidays get carried into the new year on the backs of those cozy nights and conversations. Especially with the way 2016 ended, I think we call could use a little help from our friends.
But let’s get back to these tasty pecans 🙂
Pecans that you’ll probably be making and tucking into a jar, tying a bit of kitchen twine around the topping and tucking under your arm for your next dinner party.