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Warm, glazed nuts from the microwave.

Sugar- and spice-crusted pecans or walnuts, bathed first in rum, make a simple confection to offer with fruit or ice cream for a quick dessert.

With a microwave oven, they're quick to make, but the nuts need to steep in their liqueur bath for at least an hour.

Rum-Spice Nuts 1-1/2 cups pecan or walnut halves or pieces 1/3 cup rum 3 tablespoons butter or margarine, cut into small pieces 1/3 cup sugar 2 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice

In a 9- to 10-inch round glass baking dish, mix pecans with rum and cover tightly with plastic wrap. Let sit 1 to 24 hours; stir often the first hour.

Add butter, sugar, and pumpkin pie spice; mix and spread nuts evenly. Cook uncovered in a microwave oven on full power for 1-1/2 minutes. Stir well, spread evenly, and repeat. Reduce cooking time to 1 minute and repeatedly cook, stir, and spread until a thick syrup coats nuts, a total of 5 or 6 minutes more.

Scrape nuts onto baking parchment or foil, separate with a spoon, and let cool completely. Serve, or store airtight up to 2 weeks. If nuts soften, recrisp in the baking dish in a microwave on full power for 2 minutes; stir once. Let cool before serving. Makes about 2 cups.

Orange-Spice Nuts

Follow directions for rum-spice nuts (above), but omit rum and use 1/3 cup orange-flavored liqueur.
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