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Jan 29, 2005 08:55 AM

Looking for a recipe for a sugary nut recipe

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I am making edible wedding favors for my wedding and have decided to go with a sugary nut mixture - can be a combination of different types of nuts, or just one kind of nut. I already have one recipe on standyby but thought others might know of some better ones? I am looking for something sugary, or a sugary and spciy combonation. I was thinking along the lines of almonds, cashews, or walnuts, but of course could be anything. Also, thanks to everyone who responded to my wedding favor inquiry a while back!
Any feedback appreciated!

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  1. Here's a link to a lovely recipe from Bon Appetit that I've been using for a long time. Gave tins of these nuts as 2004 Christmas gifts and I'm about to make up a new batch this afternoon. It's very easy to do and you can adjust the seasoning up or down for more or less heat.


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    1. re: Deenso

      I love these spiced nuts; I think it's a great recipe. I fill little jars with them for my father's co-workers every Christmas, and everyone always raves about them. Most people don't even bring them home -- they devour them at their desks that afternoon!

      Best combination is heavy on walnuts, pecans, and cashews, lightened up with almonds, and, for a treat, shelled pistachios.

      1. re: Deenso

        I made these nuts again yesterday but, in an effort to cut back on sugar, substituted 2 tablespoons of Splenda for the 2 tablespoons of sugar. They taste just as good as the original.

        1. re: Deenso

          great, thanks for the recipe! i am going to try it out this week.

        2. I'll offer you a recipe called Sweet and Spicy Candied Pecans ... killer and so easy! The trick is not to eat them all before you serve them. Link below.


          1. Wow, you reminded me of something that my sweet little-old-lady next door neighbor made many years ago every Christmas as presents. The recipe is below, although I have to admit that the recipes offered by the other two posters sound a bit more to the modern taste. Nonetheless, I think I'll make these soon in her memory.

            Sherried Nuts

            1 1/2 C sugar
            1/2 C sherry
            1/2 tsp cinnamon OR
            1 tsp grated orange rind
            1 tsp white corn syrup
            1/4 tsp salt
            2-3 cups walnut or pecan halves

            Cook the sugar, sherry, corn syrup, salt, and choice of spice to soft ball stage (236-240 degrees using a candy thermometer). Remove from heat and add nuts. Stir until creamy. Turn onto foil or parchment paper and separate the nuts.

            1. I've made these twice now since Christmas (wife loves them) and they're REALLY easy and tasty.

              1 egg white
              1 tblspn water

              beat until stiff & dry

              mix up the following in a bowl:

              1 cup sugar
              1 teaspoon cinnamon
              1 teaspoon salt

              Use 3/4 a pound of pecan or walnuts (we preferred pecans, no bitterness) and put them in the bowl w/ the egg mixture. Mix to coat, stirring w/wooden spoon.

              Then put the coated nuts in the bowl with the sugar mixture and mix again to coat. Spread it all out on a cookie sheet, and bake in a 250 degree oven, stirring every 15 minutes, should take about 3 fifteen minute sessions. store in tightly covered container.