Five Spice Pecans

This is a Christmas tradition in our family. Our friend Ivy brought some to a Christmas party years ago and then gave us the recipe. Serious weight gain is possible. They make a fabulous Christmas gift for friends if you are poor.

1/4 cup butter (1/2 stick)
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1/4 cup water
1 tsp salt
2 tsp Chinese Five Spice Powder
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp black pepper
4 cups pecan halves

Preheat oven to 350. Butter 2 large baking sheets. Melt 1/4 cup butter in large skillet over medium heat. Add brown sugar, 1/4 cup water, salt and spices; stir until sugar dissolves. Add nuts to sugar mixture and cook until syrup thickly coats nuts, stirring frequently, about 5 minutes.

Transfer nuts to baking pans in single layers. bake until golden, about 10 minutes. Cool.

Can be prepared 3 days ahead. Store in airtight container at room temperature.




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