A friend tipped me off to this recipe, and I made them as holiday gifts for coworkers. Not your run of the mill spiced nut recipe! I am reposting because I like them so much, and because I made a huge batch for gift purposes and can save you from multiplying things by 4 (helpful, I know!). I did find they needed more baking time than the recipe suggested.
Kate doesn't like pecans and asked if this would be good with pistachios. Maybe, but I did 1/4 cashews and thought those were great, so I suggest that as a back-up nut.
8 cups nuts (6 cups pecans and 2 cups cashews)
2 cups sweetened dried cranberries
4 TB freshly squeezed OJ (one juicy orange gave me more than enough)
4 TB freshly grated zest (three oranges were a little short of this for me....)
4 large eggwhites
4 TB dark brown sugar
4 tsp kosher salt
3 tsp ground chipotle chili powder
What to do:
Preheat oven to 225.
Whisk together eggwhites with juice & zest. Add pecans & toss to coat.
In a separate bowl, mix sugar, salt, and chili powder. Mix into nuts.
Spread nuts onto 2 baking sheets, coated w/cooking spray, in an even layer. Bake for about 1.5 hours until no longer goopy. Then mix in cranberries.