Spicy Cocoa-Glazed Pecans

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By Susan Feliciano
from Oak Ridge, TN

I've bought pecans glazed in various flavors in the past. Now I know how to make them. I like having glazed nuts on hand for the holidays. I think the cocoa and chili powder combo will really rock.

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serves 6-8
prep time 15 Min
cook time 15 Min
method Bake

Ingredients

  •   1/4 c
    plus 2 tbs sugar, divided
  •   1 c
    warm water
  •   1 1/2 c
    large pecan halves
  •   1 Tbsp
    cocoa powder
  •   3 tsp
    chili powder
  •   1/8 to 1/4 tsp
    cayenne pepper

How To Make

  • 1
    Heat oven to 350°F. Lightly spray a shallow baking pan with cooking spray.
  • 2
    Stir together 1/4 cup sugar and warm water, stirring until sugar dissolves. Add pecans; let soak 10 minutes. Drain water and discard.
  • 3
    Stir together remaining 2 tablespoons sugar, cocoa, chili powder, and cayenne pepper in medium bowl. Add pecans; toss until all cocoa mixture coats pecans. Spread coated pecans onto prepared pan.
  • 4
    Bake 10-15 minutes or until pecans start to glisten and appear dry. Stir occasionally while baking. Cool completely. Store in a cool, dry place. Great as a snack with beverages, as an appetizer, or sprinkle on salads.