Sweet Spiced Pecans
The spicing level is fairly forgiving on these pecans, which make a wonderful gift for the holidays or party snack. You can add more cayenne for heat or a little more sugar if you want them sweeter. The key points, though, are making sure they toast well but don't burn and using really good pecans, like Elliots from Georgia, which are stubbier and sweeter than the bigger, skinnier pecans that come from Texas and other Southwestern states (though they are delicious, too.) Ordering bulk pecans online helps keep the cost down.
- Serves: 6 persons
- 1 ½teaspoons kosher salt
- ¾teaspoons black pepper
- ¾teaspoon cayenne pepper
- ½teaspoon ground ginger
- 1 ½teaspoons cinnamon
- 2tablespoons light brown sugar
- 5tablespoons butter, melted
- 6cups pecan halves
Step 1Heat oven to 350 degrees. In a small bowl, whisk together everything but the nuts and butter. Add a tablespoon of butter to a large rimmed baking sheet. Add pecans, toss to coat and spread into a single layer. Bake for 10 minutes or until the nuts begin to smell toasted.
Step 2Place hot pecans in a large bowl, add remaining butter and toss to coat. Add spice mixture and toss again, then return nuts to baking pan. Toast again for four or five minutes, shaking or stirring the nuts once during baking time.
Step 3Cool completely and pack into gift jars. Can be stored for a week.