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Friday, September 2, 2011

Pecan Macaroons

I don't know who is more excited about all of the pecans on our trees, us or the squirrels!  We have two squirrels who live in our pecan trees in our front yard.  They are entertainment for us when we are sitting on our porch.  They are so territorial and do not want the other one to be in their tree.  One of the squirrels comes up on our porch when we are inside and gets in one of the swings at the end of our porch.  The rascals are getting quite comfortable here.  We are beginning to notice leaves turning on the trees.  Surely, fall must be coming!  Can hardly wait for cooler days.

I love to eat pecans.  After we have a bucket or two cracked, we do enjoy eating fresh ones as we are picking them out of their hulls to go in the freezer.  It is so nice to have pecans in the freezer for baking.  If are pecans are plentiful this year, we will definitely restock our freezer.  This past year was the worst year that we have ever had with our pecans.  I have had to buy pecans for baking and the price of pecans has been very high.  Supply and demand. 

Pecan Macaroons are so delicious to snack on.  They also make nice gifts for someone.

                                                            Pecan Macaroons

1 egg white, slightly beaten
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla flavoring
2 cups pecan halves

Add sugar to stiffly beaten egg white and continue beating until well blended.  Add vanilla flavoring.  Stir in pecan halves and stir until nuts are completely covered.  Place nuts individually on an ungreased cookie sheet.  Bake at 250 degrees for 30 min.  Turn oven off and let nuts remain in oven 30 min.  longer.  Loosen nuts from cookie sheet with spatula while hot.  Store in tight container when cooled.

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