2 large egg whites2 tablespoons packed light brown sugar½ cup granulated sugar1/8 teaspoon salt½ teaspoon vanilla½ cup coarsely chopped pecans1 teaspoon cornstarch½ teaspoon white vinegar
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 1 or 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or nonstick foil. Beat the egg whites with an electric mixer until they form stiff peaks when the beaters are lifted. Beat in the brown sugar and granulated sugar a tablespoon at a time. Beat in the salt and vanilla.
Sprinkle with pecans, cornstarch and vinegar over the beaten egg-white mixture. Fold in gently but thoroughly with a rubber spatula.
Using a teaspoon, spoon the batter onto the lined baking sheets (Don’t worry about getting the cookies too close together – they won’t spread much.) Place the baking sheets in the oven. Turn off the oven and leave them in the oven with the door closed for 8-12 hours or overnight. Peel the cookies off the parchment or foil and store in an airtight container.
Source: Pecans, by Kathleen Purvis (A Savor The South Cookbook)
Lee Epting, a true Southern gentleman and possibly one of the South's finest entertainers, passed along Epting Events' recipe for their signature red velvet cupcakes with pecans. We consider ourselves quite lucky to be able to share it with you.