I made these today to take to my dad's house for Christmas. You can make these very simple with just butter and salt, or you can do what I did and add a little spice. Any way you make them, they are addictively, delicious.
Preheat oven to 250
4 cups pecan halves
1/3 cup butter
powder chipotle chile powder
Line cookie sheet with Release aluminum foil. Put the butter in a microwave-proof bowl large enough to hold the pecans. Microwave to melt butter. Add pecans and toss to coat. Add salt, sugar, and chile powder. Mix, taste, and reseason to taste. Put nuts on cookie sheet in one layer and put in oven. Bake for 1 hour, stirring every 20 minutes. Nuts are finished when they are a rich brown color. Let cool and place in plastic bags to store.