Spiced Nuts

Let’s go ahead and think the 12-year-old boy jokes in our heads right now.  Now let’s all giggle together.  Did I hear a snicker in there somewhere?  Oh, that was me.  Ok.  Good.  We’ve got that out of the way.

These are seriously tasty.  Sweet, a tiny bit salty, with just a wee bite from a shake of cayenne pepper, and with a very satisfying texture.  You can almost claim they’re not even that bad for you, since it’s just nuts.  Well, and some sugar.  But on the spectrum of snacky foods I crave, this one is not-terrible.  Hooray for not-terrible.

These are also incredibly easy.  You can go from ingredients in your pantry to cooled and in a pretty bowl in maybe an hour, but actual work time is approximately 72 seconds.  Go make them now, actually.  You won’t regret it.

Spiced Nuts

1/3 cup dark-brown sugar
2/3 cup white granulated sugar
1 teaspoon kosher salt
Pinch of cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 pound nuts (I use a combination of pecans and almonds, but you can use whatever is your favorite – cashews, macadamias, walnuts, etc.)
1 egg white
1 tablespoon water

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Mix sugars, salt, cayenne, and cinnamon, and break up any lumps; put that aside. Beat egg white and water until frothy but not stiff (took me 10 seconds with a fork) in a bowl with a wide mouth. Add your nuts, and stir to coat evenly. Sprinkle nuts with sugar mixture, and toss with a fork until evenly coated. Spread sugared nuts in a single layer on a cookie sheet fitted with parchment paper. Bake for 30 minutes, and maybe halfway through, stick a spatula up in there and move them around a little. Remove from oven, and separate nuts as they cool – they’ll be touchable within 10-15 minutes. When completely cool, pour the nuts into a bowl, breaking up any that stick together.

These’ll probably keep in an airtight container for a week or so, but there’s no way you won’t eat them before they stale.  They make a good hostess gift; you could stick them in a mason jar with a pretty ribbon tied on for visual appeal or just throw the tupperware at the recipient and hope they don’t inhale your hand with the nuts.  Enjoy!

One response to “Spiced Nuts

  1. OhmywordOhmywordOhmyword!!! We had these at your place last week – yummy!!! Thanks for the recipe!!!

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