Spicy Glazed Pecans

These nuts make a lovely, crunchy addition to salads with your favorite vinaigrette and a sprinkling of blue cheese.  On their own, they are an addictive sweet and savory snack.  I have given them as a hostess gift on several occasions, and one year I filled holiday tins and gave them to neighbors and co-workers as a Christmas gift.

Whatever you choose to do with these spicy glazed pecans, they will quickly disappear and everyone will be sorry when the bowl is empty.

Spicy Glazed Pecans

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  • 1 cup sugar
  • 6 tbl. water
  • 1 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 5/8 tsp. cayenne
  • 4 cups pecan halves

Cover a large cookie sheet with aluminum foil and then butter the foil.  Combine first 4 ingredients in heavy medium-sized saucepan.  Stir over medium heat until sugar dissolves.  Boil 2 minutes.  Add pecans and stir until pecans are coated with mixture, about 1 minute.  Transfer pecans to prepared sheet, spreading evenly.

Bake at 350o until pecans are just beginning to brown, about 9 to 10 minutes.  Transfer to cookie sheet lined with waxed paper and separate pecans with fork.  Cool completely.

(Can be prepared 1 week ahead.  Store in airtight container.)

Source: Adapted from a Bon Appétit recipe

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