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Quick Party Nuts

Yield Makes 4 cups

Ingredients

  • 2 cups pecan halves
  • 2 cups whole almonds
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar, divided
  • 4 cups warm water
  • 1/4 cup butter or margarine, melted
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons grated lime rind
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground red pepper

How to Make It

  1. Place pecans and almonds in a large bowl; stir in 1 cup sugar and 4 cups warm water. Let stand 10 minutes. Drain well; return to bowl. Pour butter over nuts, stirring to coat.

  2. Stir together remaining 1/2 cup sugar, chili powder, and next 4 ingredients; pour over nut mixture, tossing to coat. Spread in a single layer on a 15- x 10-inch jellyroll pan.

  3. Bake at 350° for 30 to 35 minutes, stirring occasionally. Arrange in a single layer on wax paper, and let cool. Store in an airtight container.