sugar and spice candied nuts

sugar and spice candied nuts

The hubs and I made these spiced candied nuts primarily to give away as Christmas gifts. Last year we made granola (recipe here) but decided against a repeat this year. I found this recipe on Smitten Kitchen and it also helped that we had a bunch of nuts that we needed to use up. These nuts are terribly addictive and very good.

Sugar-and-Spice Candied Nuts

(taken from here)

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup dark-brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1.5 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon hot smoked paprika (you can also use cayenne)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 pound walnut or pecan halves or whole peeled hazelnuts (we also used almonds)
  • 1 egg white, room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon water

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 300°F.
  2. Mix sugars, salt, cayenne, and cinnamon, making sure there are no lumps; set aside.
  3. Beat egg white and water until frothy but not stiff. Add walnuts, and stir to coat evenly.
  4. Sprinkle nuts with sugar mixture, and toss until evenly coated.
  5. Spread sugared nuts in a single layer on a cookie sheet fitted with parchment paper.
  6. Bake for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from oven, and separate nuts as they cool.
  7. When completely cool, pour the nuts into a bowl, breaking up any that stick together.
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