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Holiday gift from the kitchen - spiced pecans

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These homemade spiced pecans have become my signature holiday party food gift. Crunchy, salty and sweet with a touch of heat, they are an irresistible cocktail snack. They also add personality to a cheese plate or a simple green salad.

Giving a gift from your kitchen is more personal and also saves money -- and who doesn't want to save money at this time of the year? I buy the pecans at a warehouse club and package them in repurposed mason jars decorated with a bit of Christmas ribbon or a sprig of fresh holly or rosemary from the garden.


2 cups pecan halves

½ cup confectioners’sugar

½ tsp. cayenne pepper or ground cinnamon

1 ½ tsp. Kosher salt

  • 1.Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a bowl, cover the pecans with water. Transfer to a sieve and shake out water.
  • 2.In another bowl, whisk the confectioners’ sugar, cayenne or cinnamon and salt. Add the pecans and toss. Transfer to a sieve and shake off the excess coating.
  • 3.Arrange the pecans on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet and bake for 10 to 12 minutes until the sugar carmelizes and the nuts are golden. Let cool and package in decorated mason or jam jars.e80015f8fca1871feb9a5a21de64bddbfadaef79

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