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Spicy Pecans

Yield 4 cups

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter or margarine
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground mace
  • 1 pound pecan halves (about 4 cups)

How to Make It

  1. Stir together first 7 ingredients in a heavy skillet over medium heat, stirring until butter melts and sugar dissolves. Remove skillet from heat; add nuts, and toss to coat.

  2. Place pecan mixture in a single layer in an aluminum foil-lined 15- x 10-inch jellyroll pan.

  3. Bake at 250° for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes. Cool in pan on a wire rack, separating pecans with a fork. Store in an airtight container up to 1 week, or freeze up to 1 month.