Vermont Maple Balsamic Pecans
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Vermont Maple Toasted Pecans

Vermont Maple Toasted Pecans have a secret ingredient!   The maple flavored balsamic vinegar adds a rich deep maple flavor that really perks up your palette with you bite into the crispy baked pecans. Vermont Maple Toasted Pecans are great on salads, ice cream, baked chicken, and on top of maple cookies.  The secret ingredient for these maple flavored pecans is the Vermont Maple Balsamic Vinegar.  The Balsamic Vinegar tastes like a rich dark amber flavored maple syrup and added to these pecans make the pecans a snack you can not stop eatting.  The other fabulous Vermont Maple Balsamic vinegar recipe is the Maple Leaf Cookies!

See how to make the Maple Leaf cookies on You tube 

Vermont Maple Balsamic Pecans

Yield: 1 cup

These pecans can be sprinkled as a garnish on the Maple Balsamic Cookies. A rich buttery cookie cut out in shapes like maple leaves and glazed with Vermont Maple Balsamic Vinegar buttercream frosting. Get recipe at the link below.

http://lizbushong.com/maple-leaf-cookie-recipe/

Ingredients

  • 1 cup pecans
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons Vermont Maple Balsamic Vinegar*
  • *Vermont Maple Balsamic Vinegar can be purchased in Abingdon or Bristol Va at the Olive Oil Company. AbingdonOliveOilCompany.com.

Instructions

  1. In small zip lock bag, place all ingredients, shake to coat and place pecans on a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake in oven at 250 for 20 minutes, stir at 10 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool. Use these pecans on Maple leaf cookies, on top of Maple ice cream, salads, or give as a gift.

How to Toast Pecans|Oven Roasting

 You can toast chopped pecans in the microwave or in a dry skillet on your cook top with a little bit of real butter, however it is best to roast in the oven  Simply spread the pecan pieces in a baking or pie pan and bake at 350° until golden brown, stirring often. Pecans will toast up very quickly so you need to watch the cooking time, about 10 minutes in a hot oven.   Any nut can be roasted in the oven so while you have the oven on, toast up a few other varieties.

Balsamic Vinegar is not a cooking ingredient but in this case because the vinegar is not baked out it adds a great flavor to the pecans and cookies.  Heating the vinegar with high heat will kill its distinctive flavor so be cautious about over heating the vinegar.  This kind of  vinegar is delicious on salads, fruit and ice cream, waffles, pancakes, and I am sure you can come up with more great ways to use this vinegar.

The Vermont Maple balsamic vinegar is purchased in a dark bottle which will keep indefinitely but store in a cool dark place to preserve the flavor.

I know using a balsamic vinegar in a cookie or pecans seems foreign in some circles but once you try it you will love it!!!  Plus from what I have learned the balsamic vinegars are healthy for you.   Check out the web for more information on heath benefits of balsamic vinegars.  Nuts are a good fat + balsamic vinegar = good food!

Enjoy this delicious treat!

 

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