My friend Georgia and I have gotten together in December for a baking marathon for over 30 years. We have several cookies and candies that are staples each year. Friends and family have their favorites and we try to keep everyone happy. But we also like to change things up a little. Try something new. This year we decided to omit one of our standard cookies (thumb prints) and make these candied nuts. We are both very glad that we did! They are easy to make and the house smells amazing while they’re in the oven.
2 pounds of nuts (almonds, walnuts, pecans, cashews)
2/3 cups of melted butter
2 cups sugar
3 T cinnamon
2 tsp salt
4 egg whites
1 tsp vanilla
Preheat your oven to 250. Beat the egg whites with the salt until they are frothy. Gradually add in the vanilla and sugar and continue to whip until stiff peaks form. Gently fold in the nuts and the cinnamon. You can use a wooden spoon or your hands making sure that the nuts are all coated. Add the melted butter and stir to coat. It will look like a mess. And you’ll wonder if I omitted an essential ingredient or a step in the process. Have faith.
Pour the nuts out onto a baking sheet covered in parchment paper. I used a large jelly roll pan with sides. Place in the oven and bake for one hour stirring every 15 minutes. This is when the kitchen starts to smell really amazing.
Pour the nuts out onto parchment paper or foil to cool. Store in zip lock bags or sealed containers. Enjoy!
We used almonds and walnuts because that is what we had but I think pecans and cashews would also be excellent.
NOTE: Recipes for most all of our standard cookies are on my blog under Christmas Cookies.