I’ve been looking to make candied nuts for quite some time. I bought a bag of walnuts ages ago and finally found a recipe a couple of weeks ago to use. I’ve modified the recipe to change the spices up but the original recipe can be found here. (And seeing as how that’s the first time I’ve tried to link another site in a blog post, we’ll see if it works!) I’ve also changed the amount of ingredients used because Jim loves these walnuts. So do the ladies at work- one even said she could just sit and eat all of them up!
So here goes!
- 4 cups of walnuts
- 2/3 c. of margarine or butter (this is approximately a stick and a couple of tablespoons, you don’t have to be perfect with it!)
- 1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
- 1 1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
- 2 2/3 c. brown sugar
- Melt the margarine or butter in a medium to large skillet over medium heat.
- Once melted add in the brown sugar, cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice. Stir the mixture to combine all of the flavors. Keep over medium heat, stirring occasionally as the sugar melts.
- The mixture will begin to bubble up- at this stage be very careful not to burn yourself!
- Add in the walnuts and stir gently to coat them. Continue to cook for about five minutes over the medium heat, stirring to keep mixing.
- Dump the walnuts onto a cookie sheet covered in parchment paper or non-stick foil. Separate the walnuts so they don’t harden into a clump.
- Allow to cool and enjoy!
The walnuts can be stored in an air-tight container but they probably won’t last too long! This recipe is gluten-free but not Weight Watchers friendly. Also, with the holidays coming up, these nuts would make a great hostess gift or just a gift for someone at the office. I’m not fond of Martha Stewart but some of her current holiday packaging is really cute and these nuts would look great packaged up with it. You could also just package them in a tin. I would recommend putting them in a bag first and then using a bit of tissue paper to dress up the tin. Another idea for packaging them would be to fill up a mason jar. You could then just use a square of fabric and some ribbon to decorate the lid. A tag could be easily attached to the ribbon. These ideas would work for pretty much any food gift or really any gift that is small enough to fit in the container.
Next time- a recipe for homemade butterscotch candy- it’s easier then you think and you probably have all of the ingredients in your pantry!