1/2 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
2 dried red chiles
1 cup pecan halves
1/4 cup molasses
Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Combine water, sugar, and chiles in small saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat. Add pecans and return to a boil. Lower hear and simmer 10 minutes.
Drain pecans, place on cookie sheet, and bake 45 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove pecans from oven, pour into small bowl, and stir in molasses. Place on fresh cookie sheet and bake another 45 minutes until very crisp. Do not burn.
Recipe from A Texas Style Christmas Feast Meets West. Texas Monthly, December 1992.