Here is another Holiday treat that I make every year. I make this not only for my own family, but I will make a couple extra batches and give it out as gifts in jars with pretty ribbon.
Line two large baking sheets with silpats. If you do not have silpats, line them with parchment paper, and give them a light coat of cooking spray. Set them aside. In a bowl, stir together 2 Tb cinnamon, 1/2 tsp ginger, 1/2 tsp cloves, 1/2 tsp allspice, 1 tsp nutmeg, 1 tsp salt, 1 2/3 c sugar, and a pinch of cayenne pepper. Set them aside.
You’ll need 7 cups of nuts – a combination of pecans, cashews, walnuts and peanuts – whatever kind you like – along with 1 cup of raisins. Place your nuts and raisins in a large bowl. Mix them all together.
Pour in your sugar-spice mixture and stir it all together, until everything is evenly coated and happy. Spread the mixture out onto the baking sheets, try to get the nuts in a single layer. Bake for 10 minutes, and then stir the nuts around. Repeat. After the nuts have baked for a total of 30 minutes, line your table or counter with parchment paper. Pour the hot nuts out onto the paper, and let them cool completely. As they cool, stir them around once in a while. The stirring keeps the nuts separated, and from becoming huge clumps. Once the goodies are completely cooled, store in air-tight jars.