Sweet & Spicy Pecans


Our Miracle has arrived, and we adore our sweet little hound! Miracle was anxious for only about the first hour after arriving, then grabbed a toy, whipped her tail around in windmill fashion with utter joy and decided that she was HOME. Maybe Turbo was whispering in her ear that she was going to be happy here – I wouldn’t put it past him – he seems to have blessed Miracle’s joining our family from the first moment.

Miracle may be a tiny hound, but she’s got a big personality that is just starting to unfold. She’s a lovey hound who rolls onto her back to demand belly rubs from anyone nearby. A bit of a clown, too… She relishes in playing with her toys and is not above “discovering” new ones that are just as fun as stuffies – be it a cell phone, hat, bra, or fishing in the bathroom trash for a TP roll…life is FUN, and she is exploring every bit of it.

However, our little lady is not pleased when left alone…this week is the first time in her life when she’s been by herself, with no other neighbor-hounds in the kennel and it’s a definite shock. So, with the help of our wonderful “adoption counselor” from Greyhounds Only, Sue, we’re working through her separation anxiety to help her fully embrace her new life…and once she does – she’ll be free of that crate she so detests right now.

While we’re busy house-training the dog, it seems only fitting to fortify ourselves with some protein-rich snacks for those cold, hour-long walks trying to convince Miracle to pee outside. These sweet and spicy nuts are an addictive snack, far better than those overly-sweet cinnamon almonds you might get at a fair. Our friends Bill & Colleen gifted us with a bag of their cinnamon pecans when we were visiting them in Florida in November. We were hooked. Then, I discovered Shauna’s recipe in her new cookbook, and tried those as well. I liked both recipes, so split the difference for my own take on Shauna’s nuts – not quite as much sugar and egg white, and a tiny hit of smoked paprika for a little mystery.

I liked this recipe so well, I made up a few batches and gave them to all of our family as Christmas gifts. The day after Christmas, I received a message from my brother-in-law stating that: “There’s something wrong with the jar of nuts you gave me. I keep reaching my hand in, and nothing comes out.” If you make either of these spiced nuts, be warned that you may quickly have Brad’s empty jar problem – they are addicting!

What’s your favorite snack – nutty or otherwise? Share you favorite noshes in the comments section below…

Bill & Colleen’s Cinnamon Pecans

1 egg white
1 tsp water
½ cup sugar
¾ tsp salt
2 tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp fresh ground nutmeg
½ tsp fresh ground black pepper
5 cups pecan halves (almonds work well, too)

  1. Preheat oven to 250º. Combine sugar, pepper, nutmeg, salt & cinnamon together in a small bowl.
  2. Beat egg white with water in a large mixing bowl. Add pecans/almonds to egg white and mix.
  3. Add sugar mixture to pecans. Stir well. Spread on large buttered pan.
  4. Bake for 1 hour, cool thoroughly & store in an airtight container…maybe even on a high shelf to keep from eating the whole jar at once.

Sweet and Smoky Pecans & Almonds
Adapted from Gluten-Free Girl and the Chef cookbook
1 egg white
1 tsp water
½ cup brown sugar
3/4 tsp salt
2 tsp cinnamon
½ tsp fresh ground black pepper
½ tsp smoked paprika
¼ tsp cayenne
5 cups mixed pecan halves & almonds

  1. Preheat oven to 250º. Combine sugar, salt, cinnamon, pepper, paprika and cayenne together in a small bowl.
  2. Beat egg white with water in a large mixing bowl. Add pecans/almonds to egg white and mix.
  3. Add sugar mixture to pecans. Stir well. Spread on large buttered pan.
  4. Bake for 1 hour, cool thoroughly & store in an airtight container…maybe even on a high shelf to keep from eating the whole jar at once.

10 thoughts on “Sweet & Spicy Pecans

  1. Oh my gosh is she adorable!! You are so lucky to have such a beautiful dog! Wish I didn’t live in a condo; I want one! Good luck on the potty training – I’m sure she will learn quick with such a good mommy! : )

    • Thanks, Marcy! If your condo allows dogs, a greyhound would be a perfect fit – we live in a small condo, too! For the most part, greyhounds are SUPER lazy, and just hang out in their beds, aside from a couple minutes of play here and there. Most of them are pretty calm and quiet. She is potty trained in so far as when we’re home, she’s totally fine…she’s peeing in the crate when we’re gone because of separation anxiety. Poor dear.

  2. Cutie! Glad she is adapting well to her new home. We have one pup who likes to explore and ‘borrow’ things too. We have learned to keep doors shut over the years…

    As for the nuts…I keep meaning to make some, one of these days…the smoked paprika sounds lovely.

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  4. Hi! Quick comment on Bill and Colleen’s rec’p. To my my version of nuts, i beat the egg whites to a medium foam, then fold everything else into it. Great coverage that way.

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  6. I do consider all of the ideas you have offered in your post. They are very convincing and will definitely work. Still, the posts are very short for starters. Could you please extend them a bit from next time? Thank you for the post.

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