Because nuts are rich in oil, toasting brings out the flavor and aroma. Toast them in a 350 F. oven in a single layer in a shallow pan 5 to 10 minutes, stirring at least once. Smelling the aroma of toasting nuts is a signal that they are ready to use. Once at this stage, they will scorch easily.
Toasting pecans extends the flavor of the pecans and makes it seem like there is more than a cupful in the recipe.
You can also add 1/2 cup of mini white chocolate chip to this recipe.