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Sassy & Sweet Pecans


Preheat oven to 350°


6 tablespoons brown sugar

1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt

Pinch cayenne pepper or dash of hot sauce

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 1/2 tablespoons butter

2 teaspoons orange zest, optional

2 cups (6 ounces) pecan halves


Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.


Toss everything in a medium skillet. Over medium heat, cook, stirring often until the brown sugar melts into a bubbling sauce – about one minute.


Add in the pecans and thoroughly coat them in the brown sugar mixture for one to two minutes.


Transfer to the backing sheet and spread into a single layer.  Bake 5 – 7 minutes until browned.


Cool completely before eating or storing in an airtight container for up to one week.

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