I used the same jars as my cupcakes-in-a-jar. Small, 8oz, canning jars. You can buy these online, at many grocery stores (in the baking or canning section), and some craft stores. I picked up a flat of a dozen for $8 at Wal-mart.
Sugar and Spice Pecans
Recipe from a friend
1 lb pecans (4 cups)
1/2 cup sugar
2 1/2 tbsp corn oil
1 tbsp vanilla
Spice Mix (Combine to coat the nuts after baking):
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp coriander
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp all-spice
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Boil water. Add pecans and cook for 1 minute, stirring. Drain pecans and put in medium bowl. Add the corn oil and vanilla, stirring until the pecans are coated. Add sugar and stir to coat. Spread pecans in a single layer on a baking sheet.
Bake pecans for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally to ensure they don't stick or burn. I stir a minimum of once every 10 minutes.
After 30 minutes, remove nuts from the oven and pour into a medium bowl. Sprinkle with the spice mix, then stir to coat. Let cool.
Once the pecans are cooled, you can add them to the jars. You can fill 5 - 8oz. jars with one batch. If you have any extras, I love to throw them in a bag, and store in the freezer. These are delicious at room temperature, but I absolutely love them frozen.
You can decorate these how you like. I did two different options.
1. Wrap a band of ribbon around the top of the lid. I attached this with double-sided scrapbooking dots.
2. Cut out a piece of fabric (this is perfect for fabric scraps you may have!) a little larger than the lid. Tie a piece of ribbon, twine or raffia around the lid to hold in place.
If you don't have canning jars, fill plastic bags and tie with ribbon.
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