This gingerbread pecan butter makes the perfect holiday gift - or festive snack.
cups raw pecan halves
teaspoon pure vanilla extract
tablespoon ground cinnamon
teaspoon ground ginger
teaspoon ground nutmeg
teaspoon ground cloves
tablespoon dark molasses
pinch of salt
Heat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Spread the pecan halves evenly on a baking sheet. Bake for 5-7 minutes, until fragrant and very slightly darkened but not burnt.
Immediately place the pecans in a food processor and add the remaining ingredients.
Process until a smooth butter forms, scraping down the bowl every few minutes. The mixture will start out as coarsely chopped, then finely chopped and crumbly, then a thick puree, and finally a smooth, drippy nut butter - it should take 10-15 minutes total.