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Toasted Sweet-Spicy Pecan recipes

Pecans toastedWe’re all looking for new recipes to treat our holiday guests. Check out this easy and tasty recipe for sweet-spicy toasted pecans. They’ll enliven any holiday party or make a perfect homemade gift.

Peppy Pecans

Recipe courtesy The National Pecan Shellers Association.

Serves: 4 cups

4 cups pecan halves

4 TBS unsalted butter

3 TBS Dark Brown Sugar

3 TBS Light Brown Sugar

1 tsp dried ground orange peel

1 tsp cayenne pepper

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp cumin

2 tsp water

In a dry skillet, toast the nuts for about 4 – 5 minutes over medium heat. Stir the nuts occasionally until they begin browning. Add the butter stirring to coat the nuts as it melts. Toast and stir for about a minute until the nuts brown further. Add the brown sugar and spices and distribute them in the pan. Stir for about a minute then add the water to create a syrup and stir to coat the nuts. Cook for another minute stirring constantly. Remove from the heat and spread on a piece of parchment paper over a cooling rack. Serve as a garnish, snack, appetizer, or package as a gift.

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Bobbie Hasselbring

RFT founder and the website's former editor-in-chief, Bobbie Hasselbring has been a travel junkie her entire life. She's been an award-winning writer and editor for more than 25 years and author of the regional food-travel bestsellers, The Chocolate Lover’s Guide to the Pacific Northwest and The Chocolate Lover’s Guide Cookbook.