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.