Hostess gifts, a little something for a neighbor, stocking stuffers … the list goes on and on. What are your favorite little gifts for friends and family? A bottle of wine? A bouquet of flowers? How about something from your kitchen?
For the nuts in your life, you can’t go wrong with my favorite Roasted Almonds. For a change of pace you might want to try some Sugar & Spiced Pecans.
Whether you go for sweet, savory or a bit of crunch, don’t hesitate to make up big batches of these treats. You never know when a friend will call with a last minute invitation or a neighbor will stop by with some of her world-famous cookies.
Happy holidays and bon appétit!
Sugar & Spiced Pecans
These toasty nuts have just a touch of sweetness and spice.
3/4 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon allspice
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons butter
3 cups pecan halves
2-3 tablespoons brown sugar
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Put the salt, cumin, allspice, paprika and cayenne pepper in a small bowl and whisk to combine.
Melt the butter in a large skillet. Remove from the heat, add the pecans and toss to combine. sprinkle with the spices and toss to combine. Add the brown sugar and toss to combine.
Spread the nuts in a single layer on rimmed baking sheets lined with silicon mats or parchment paper. Bake at 375 degrees for about 8 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool to room temperature and transfer to airtight containers. Store at room temperature.
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