Maple Spiced Nuts
1/4 cup unsalted butter
1 pound nuts - one variety or a mixture
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. salt
3 Tbsp. maple syrup
In a large skillet over medium-high heat, melt the butter and add the nuts. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 3 to 4 minutes, until the nuts are fragrant and beginning to toast.
Add the remaining ingredients, stirring until the sugar begins to melt.
Lower the heat to medium and cook for another 3 to 4 minutes, until the nuts are nicely caramelized around the outside.
Watch carefully as they can easily burn.
Sprinkle with additional salt while still warm (optional).