Sweet-and-Spicy Pecans

1/4 C sugar
1 C warm water
1 C pecan halves
2 T sugar
1 T chili powder
1/8 t ground red pepper

Stir together 1/4 cup sugar and warm water until sugar dissolves. Add pecans, and soak 10 minutes. Drain, discarding syrup.Combine 2 tablespoons sugar, chili powder, and red pepper. Add pecans, tossing to coat. Place pecans on a lightly greased baking sheet.Bake at 250° for 15 minutes or until golden brown, stirring several times. Serve as a snack or use in salads.

Yield1 cup.

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