Sweet and Spicy Candied Pecans

Spicy and Sweet Pecans Photo


3 TBS honey
1 TBS sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp (generous) freshly ground black pepper
1/4 tsp (generous) cayenne pepper
1 and 1/2 cups pecan pieces


Preheat oven to 325°F. Place Silpat or parchment paper on a jelly roll pan. Combine honey and next 4 ingredients in large bowl. Stir to blend. Add pecans; stir gently to coat. Transfer to baking sheet.

Place large piece of foil on work surface. Bake pecans 5 minutes. Using fork, stir pecans to coat with melted spice mixture. Continue baking until pecans are golden and coating bubbles, about 10 minutes. Watch carefully to avoid burning the pecans. Transfer to foil. Working quickly, separate nuts with fork. Cool. (Can be made 3-5 days ahead. Store airtight at room temperature.)