Sweet and Spicy Pecans

Combination of caramelized brown sugar and chili powder is fantastic on roasted pecans. For an easy variation, substitute the pecans for unsalted walnut halves

Sweet and Spicy Pecans

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  • ¼

    cup packed Brown Sugar

  • 2

    tbsp Butter

  • 1

    tbsp Water

  • 1

    tbsp Chili powder

  • ½

    tsp Cayenne pepper

  • ¼

    tsp Cinnamon

  • 4

    cups unsalted Pecan halves


In saucepan, melt brown sugar, butter and water together over medium heat, stirring until sugar dissolves, about 2 minutes. Boil, stirring constantly, for 1 minute. Stir in chili powder, cayenne pepper and cinnamon until combined. Add pecans, stirring until coated. Arrange on parchment paper-lined, or greased, baking sheet. Bake in 350 degree oven for 15 minutes. Let cool enough to handle, then break up any clumps.


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