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Twas the week before Christmas, and everyone was stressed, so we gathered in Dorrie’s kitchen to make a mess.
The sugar was melted on the stove with great care in hope that tasty nuts soon would be there.
Soon all were gathered to sample the treats, so crunchy so tasty, salty yet sweet.
OK, I’ll stop rhyming now. But the nuts were great and something we’ll do again I’m sure.
Sugar (brown or white)
All spice, cloves, and nutmeg
Cookie sheets, wood spoons, and pans
Cocktail of the Night: Modified Black Santa (Creme de cacao, peppermint schnapps, Baileys)
1. Queue up the recipes.
Nut recipe #1: Candied nuts from Cafe Johnsonia
Nut recipe #2: Candied walnuts from Simply Recipes (we used brown sugar instead of white to change it up)
Nut recipe #3: Sugared and Spiced Nuts from Cooks.com (Jen added nutmeg to the mix and *gasp* didn’t measure
2. Cover three cookie sheets with parchment paper.
3. Roast nuts in a 350 degree oven for about five minutes. We used pecans but Dorrie made a batch of almonds after the fact for her dad and they were also great.
4. Prepare coating of your choice. Coat and separate on a cookie sheet. Let dry. Yum.
Of the recipes, #3 had the best coating and overall consistency. Number 1 was clumpy and not so uniform and number two was better if only because we roasted the nuts in the oven precoating (note: this does make a difference).
Anyway, these nuts can almost make a salad tolerable and they make good presents when you put them in little jars. Aren’t you crafty, and festive?
Happy Holidays from the Too Cute Tuesday crew!