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Nuts About Nuts

I’m probably biased, but I have the best candied nut recipe ever. I made them as gifts over Christmas and have received rave reviews, so maybe I’m not too far off in my belief. We’re going to a NYE party this weekend and I have decided to make a huge batch to bring along.  After tasting these, your friends and family will be eating out of your hands (if you let them, that is).

Sugar & Spice [and everything nice] Nuts

Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup of dark brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup of white sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon of cayenne pepper (add more or less to suit to your tastes)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 to 1 1/4  pound of pecan halves (or mixed nuts)
  • 2 egg whites

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees & line a large cookie sheet with parchment paper
  2. Combine sugars, cayenne pepper, cinnamon & salt in a mixing bowl. Blend together with a fork.
  3. Beat egg whites until frothy but stop before it is forming peaks
  4. On a low speed, combine egg whites and sugar mixture until relatively smooth
  5. Fold in the nuts and toss until evenly coated
  6. Spread the sugar & nut mixture onto the parchment-covered cookie sheet
  7. Bake for 30 minutes; pull out once every 10-15 minutes to stir
  8. Remove from oven and separate the nuts as they cool
  9. Once they are cool, they are ready to eat/store/gift.

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Mmm mmm! Delicious!

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