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Thursday, December 19, 2013

sugar-roasted walnuts and almonds for giving

I can't believe I first made this recipe from Two Peas and their Pod in 2009 - it feels like such a Christmas tradition that dates back to gingerbread cookies, meaning forever.

Everyone likes these sugar-roasted walnuts ( and I do use more walnuts than almonds, but that's just my preference) - wonderful for parties, stockings - and friends and family.  I usually package them in cello bags ( I found some nice clear ones at Michael's craft store) with curly gold ribbon.  Did I mention they're gluten-free?  Izzie is back on a GF diet, so I do try to have some of these around for snacking, even when it isn't December.

Preheat oven to 250F.

Line a baking/cookie sheet with parchment paper.

2 egg whites
2 teaspoons cold water
4 cups walnut halves and whole almonds - not too small
6 tablespoons white sugar
6 tablespoons dark brown sugar
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon kosher salt

Place the egg whites and water in a large bowl and beat until frothy, then add the nuts and stir to coat well.
Mix the sugars, cinnamon and salt in a small bowl then sprinkle over the nuts.  Use a large spoon to again coat the nuts evenly,

Spread out on the parchment fairly evenly and bake on upper third of oven for one hour.  After 30 minutes, use a large spoon to stir up the nuts a little, then continue baking.

After an hour, turn off heat, but leave the nuts in the oven for another 20 minutes or so, just to make sure they're crunchy.

Cool completely before packaging.

Hope you have time for a walk in the snow !  We have had two snowstorms in the last week, about 1 1/2 to 2 feet altogether. 

And make sure you save a handful for yourself - while you make lists for next Christmas:)


La Table De Nana said...

Simply lovely..The nuts..the pics..the words.
Happy Holidays Katrina..
Happy I found you a long while back:)

katrina said...

Happy Christmas, Joyeux Noel, dear Nana! Thank you for your very kind words - delightful to hear, and hope you and your brood of children, and grandchildren have a magical Christmas! YOU are magical, and I always look forward to a bit of Nana-dust when I read your blog:) (and those pictures!)

Barb said...

Ahhh sugared nuts -- Yummmmm! I've got to make a batch of these.

Did you get your stitches removed? How are you doing?

katrina said...

Hi Barb! No, not yet. Think another few days, but I'm able to keep it uncovered for part of the's doing better, though....

Still typing 3 fingers:)

Barb said...

Hi Katrina! I just wanted to wish you and your family a very happy and Merry Christmas.

Also, I wanted to thank you again for sharing your beautiful photos, recipes and blog with us - you have a wonderful gift and it is so generous of you to share it.

Many blessings to you, your family and friends.

katrina said...

Thank you so much, Barb! You are such a faithful reader, and I am so grateful for your understanding if I go missing for a while. You always have something positive to short, the best kind of reader a blogger could ask for.
Merry Christmas, dear Barb, and hope you have a lovely celebration!

Jamila said...

wow nice

Barb said...

Hi Katrina-

Just wanted to wish you a wonderful and very joyful Happy New Year!

Many blessing to you and your family in 2014!

katrina said...

Barb - thank you! Hope tomorrow to write on the blog, still having some difficulties, but happy 2014!