Seasoned Greetings

Every holiday season I make spiced nuts for friends and family. They have just the right combination of sweet, salt, and spice. They’re great on salads or just by the fistful. Each year, the list of recipients grows. Last night I cooked up a record eight (8) pounds of these tasty morsels, which amounts to a veritable mountain.

spiced nuts

I included a skein of yarn for scale. (Okay, it’s a mini skein, but you get the idea.)

I can’t make them for *everyone*, but I’m happy to share the recipe. Maybe they’ll become you’re holiday tradition, too. “Seasoned” greetings to you!

Glazed Spiced Nuts

2 Tbsp butter

1/3 cup sugar

1/4 cup fresh orange juice

1 1/2 tsp salt

1 1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp mace

1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

1 lb pecans or other nuts

Preheat oven to 250. In large skillet, melt butter, then add sugar, orange juice, salt, cinnamon, mace, and cayenne pepper. Stir over medium heat until thick and bubbly. Add nuts and stir until thoroughly coated (coating will be sticky). Pour onto foil-lined cookie sheet and place in oven for 20 to 25 minutes. Remove from oven and transfer to large chilled mixing bowl. Use two spoons to lift and stir the nuts until they no longer stick together. Transfer onto waxed paper to finish cooling.