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Healthy Eating: Hot Sweet Spiced Pecans

This easy recipe submitted by Pauline Bouchard makes an unexpectedly spicy holiday snack or can be mixed with dried cranberries for a festive salad topper.

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 to 3/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper (adjust to your taste)

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon ground allspice

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1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/8 teaspoon ground cloves

4 1/2 teaspoons water

2 1/2 cup shelled pecan halves (walnuts or almonds can be substituted)

In a microwave-safe bowl, combine the sugar, spices and seasonings. Stir in the water and microwave uncovered on high for 1 minute. Stir in the nuts until well-coated. Microwave uncovered on high for three additional minutes, stirring after each minute. Immediately pour nuts onto a parchment-lined baking sheet and separate warm nuts. Cool and store in an airtight container. Spiced nuts can be frozen for several weeks with no loss of flavor or texture.

Recipe adapted from “Fair Family Favorites — Celebrating 100 Years of the Routt County Fair.”