Created by: Elisabeth McKnight, Bella the Blog
These candied nuts are as delicious as they are easy. You don't need to be a baker or a chef to whip them up. With minimal work, you’ll have a personal and yummy gift for anyone on your list.
The best part is that unlike holiday cookies and breads, these don't need to be eaten within a week. Set these aside to enjoy once the holiday bustle has died down and you're in for a treat during the long winter months ahead.
- 3 cups assorted raw nuts (I used half almonds and half walnuts)
- 1 cup sugar
- ½ cup brown sugar
- ¼ tsp. nutmeg
- 1 Tbsp. maple syrup
- 1 egg white
- 1 Tbsp. water
- Whisk egg white, water and maple syrup until frothy, 1-2 minutes.
- Mix sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg in another bowl.
- In a separate bowl, mix egg white mixture with nuts. Stir until completely combined. Add sugar mixture to nuts and egg white mixture. Stir until completely combined.
- Spread nuts evenly over parchment paper on a jelly roll pan. Bake at 325° F for 20 minutes. After 10 minutes, stir the nuts on the pan. Let cool before serving.
Tip: Even if the nuts don't look done after 20 minutes, take them out – the sugar mixture hardens and you don't want to burn it.
Gifting tip: Package these nuts up in cute mason jars with a swatch of Christmas fabric on top. Or DIY decorate your own holiday mug: fill it with nuts and wrap the whole thing in cellophane with a festive ribbon.