Merry Christmas! Matt and I started off the holiday with a lunch party for work last Friday and then kept the fun going with dinner at my family’s house on Sunday, Christmas Eve dinner at our house, and Christmas Day dinner with Matt’s family. At some point in the future I will post about the dinner that Matt and I made on Christmas Eve (standing rib roast with yorkshire puddings… YUM!) but for now I want to focus on some sweeter holiday treats that make great gifts for friends and family. Here they are…
Oh yes, those are candied nuts! Sugary, salty pecans with just a hint of cayenne, to be precise. Don’t they look delicious?!? I found the recipe over at Smitten Kitchen and after a quick trip to Target for some walnuts and pecans we were ready to start cooking. These candied nuts are really easy to make, by the way. We simply coated the nuts with egg white, stirred in the sugars and spices, and baked them in the oven for 30 minutes. After the nuts cooled completely I packaged them in jelly jars with a red bow and they were ready for gifting!
Candied Walnuts and Pecans (from Smitten Kitchen)
You will need…
2/3 cup White Granulated Sugar
1/3 cup Dark Brown Sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons Salt
1 teaspoon Cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper (or hot smoked paprika)
1 Egg White
1 tablespoon Water
1 lb. Walnuts or Pecans (or any other type of nut you want to candy)
Combine the sugars, salt, cinnamon and cayenne in a bowl and stir well. Place the egg white and water in a separate large bowl and beat with a fork for approximately 30 seconds until the mixture is frothy. Add the nuts to the egg white mixture and stir to coat evenly, then sprinkle on the sugar mixture and stir well until combined.
Spread the nuts out in a single layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake the nuts in a preheated 300°F oven for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. When the nuts are done baking separate them (we transferred them to another piece of parchment paper on the counter) and allow them to cool completely. Store in an airtight container until you are ready to eat them (or gift them!). I found that one pound of nuts filled approximately 4 1/2 ten-ounce Ball quilted jelly jars.