Sweet & Spicy Nuts

1 1/2 T light corn syrup

1 1/2 T maple syrup

1 1/2 T sugar

1 t salt

1/4 t (generous) freshly ground black pepper

1/8 t cayenne pepper

1 1/2 cups pecans or walnuts

Preheat oven to 325;°F. Combine syrups and next 4 ingredients in large bowl. Stir to blend. Add pecans; stir gently to coat. Transfer to oiled or parchment covered baking sheet.

Place large piece of foil on work surface. Bake nuts 5 minutes. Using fork, stir nuts to coat with melted spice mixture. Continue baking until nuts are golden and coating bubbles, about 10 minutes. Transfer to foil or remove parchment from pan to counter. Separate nuts with fork. Cool, and store in airtight container.

Options:

Increase the cayenne to 1/4t for more bite

Use Sriracha Sauce (Vietnamese Rooster Chile sauce)

Add a splash of bourbon

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