Spiced Pecans with Rum Glaze

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Makes about 2 cups
Really good in salads or just on the their own. A holiday favorite in our house.

2 cups raw pecan halves (8 ounces)

Warm Spice Mix
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
¾ teaspoon kosher salt
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1/8teaspoon ground allspice

Rum Glaze
1 tablespoon rum , preferably dark
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon light brown sugar or dark brown sugar
1 tablespoon unsalted butter


1. Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 350 degrees. Line rimmed cookie sheet with parchment paper and spread pecans in even layer; toast 4 minutes, rotate pan, and continue to toast until fragrant and color deepens slightly, about 4 minutes longer. Transfer cookie sheet with nuts to wire rack.
2. For the spice mix: While nuts are toasting, stir together sugar, salt, cinnamon, cloves, and allspice in medium bowl; set aside.
3. For the glaze: Bring rum, vanilla, brown sugar, and butter to boil in medium saucepan over medium-high heat, whisking constantly. Stir in toasted pecans and cook, stirring constantly with wooden spoon, until nuts are shiny and almost all liquid has evaporated, about 1½ minutes.
4. Transfer glazed pecans to bowl with spice mix; toss well to coat. Return glazed and spiced pecans to parchment-lined cookie sheet to cool (can be stored in an airtight container for up to 5 days).

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