Hey kids! Back today with more quick sweet treats for the holidays! Spiced nuts are a must in our house this time of year. Having a bowl of these in the kitchen is perfect when that inevitable sweet tooth comes calling—just grab a couple and you’re good! Better for you than a cookie or that marshmallow fudge the neighbor’s brought by!
In year’s previous I’ve always made my spiced pecans in the oven, but this year my husband tipped me off to a microwave version, and I gotta say, it’s pretty fantastic!
Note: we like our pecans with a little kick, but if you’re more of a sweets-only fan, you can omit the cumin & cayenne.
1/4 cup light butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp clove
1 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp cumin
1/8 tsp cayenne
2 Tbsp water
3 cups pecan halves
1/4 cup granulated sugar (for coating the pecans afterward)
Melt the butter in a 4 qt glass casserole dish, then add the sugar, water & spices, mix & microwave for 1 minute. Stir in the nuts & mix to coat well.
Microwave the nuts for 4-5 more minutes, stopping to stir them once every minute, until most of the syrup is coated onto the nuts. Then pour out onto a sheet of wax paper & let cool.
Once cooled, place the nuts into a large plastic bag with the sugar, and shake the bag to coat them well. The sugar helps to keep the pecans from sticking to each other.