Spiced Nuts

General Description


2 teaspoons vegetable oil
1 cup (packed) golden brown sugar
1/4 cup water
3 tablespoons chili powder
2 tablespoons (1/4 stick) unsalted butter
1 tablespoon hot chili sauce (such as sambal oelek or sriracha)*
2 teaspoons salt
3 cups pecans

Cooking Instructions

Preheat oven to 350°F. Brush rimmed baking sheet with oil. Attach candy thermometer to side of heavy medium saucepan (do not allow tip to touch bottom). Add sugar and 1/4 cup water to saucepan and stir over medium heat until sugar dissolves. Increase heat and boil without stirring until thermometer registers 240°F, occasionally swirling pan and brushing down sides with wet pastry brush, about 4 minutes (time will vary depending on <myspace>size</myspace> of pan). Remove from heat. Quickly stir in chili powder, butter, chili sauce, and salt (mixture may bubble). Working quickly, add nuts; stir until coated. Transfer to baking sheet, spreading to separate nuts. Bake until nuts are browned and mixture bubbles, stirring occasionally, about 9 minutes. Cool. Break nuts apart. (Can be made 1 week ahead. Store at room temperature in airtight container.)



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