Christmas is the time of year to celebrate the birth of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.
It's also a time for giving, and gifts given from the heart truly are the best. That is what I'm trying to do this year.
This will be my first Christmas without my precious Mama, and I'm going way back to my childhood memories when Mama and Daddy would fill our stockings-which happened to be tube socks-with oranges, apples, tangerines, nuts, and candies. This will be the tradition that I will carry on with my family for every Christmas going forward.
My first-born grandson will be reading from Luke:2 on Christmas eve, which he began doing as soon as he learned to read.
There will be Christmas dinner and my goodness, there will be sweets. My Mama was the queen of sweets and whatever she made, it was delicious. These Cinnamon Sugar Pecans will be gracing the table along with many other goodies for the wonderful family which God has blessed me with. They are simple to make, taste yummy, and just make the house smell like Christmas! Let's make some!
You will need: pecan halves, granulated sugar, cream of tartar, cinnamon, corn syrup, and water.
Combine all ingredients except pecans in saucepan.
Cook over medium heat stirring until sugar dissolves. Continue cooking without stirring to firm ball stage (246 degrees F.)
Once the candy reaches 246 degrees, remove from heat, add pecans, and stir well to combine.
Pour candy onto parchment lined pan using two forks to separate coated pecans.
I was so busy trying to get photos that I didn't get my nuts separated as quickly as I should have. But, still good!
Cinnamon Sugar Pecans
2 cups granulated sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
2 teaspoons light corn syrup
1/2 cup water
3 cups pecan halves
Combine all ingredients except pecans in a heavy bottomed saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring until sugar dissolves. Continue cooking without stirring until candy mixture reaches 246 degrees F. Remove from heat, add pecans and stir until well combined.
Pour onto parchment lined pan and using two forks, separate nuts. Let cool and enjoy!
Store in airtight container for two weeks, in the fridge for three weeks or up to two months in the freezer.
Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas!
'til we sweet again, Karen 💗