I refer to my friends as the graces - both because of who they are and what they bring to my life. Karen is one of them and all the more so the night she brought these over as an appetizer. She's a wonderful cook, instinctive and imaginative and modest about it.
When these magic nuts hit the table, they disappeared. The cayenne gives it a kick that's just perfect against the sugar. Keep an eye on them in the oven - I've incinerated almonds into carbon samples - fascinating but dangerous.
2 egg whites
4 cups nuts (you choose, I love almonds)
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
Preheat oven to 325 F. Whisk egg whites until foamy. Stir in nuts until coated. Combine sugar with cinnamon, cayenne and salt. Pour over nuts and toss until coated. Spread evenly on greased cookie sheet and bake 20-25 minutes.
When they are done they usually stick together. Breaking them apart is the fun part.