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Spicy Pecans

Prep 10 minutes, cook for 5 minutes, and bake for 1 hour

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

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.

Place pecan mixture in a single layer in an aluminum foil-lined 15x10 inch jellyroll pan.

Bake at 250 degrees 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.

Yield: about 4 cups