Yes, at the sight of snow quickly melting to slush and the sound of birds chirping outside the window, it’s inevitable: Spring is on its way! However, as the holiday music fades and neighbors finally pack away those twinkling Christmas lights they left up while sleeping off holiday pounds, February suddenly hits, and I’m craving Christmastime once again. In my denial of the fact that my favorite time of the year has flown by without leaving enough time for me to thoroughly enjoy it, I try
desperately every year to recreate the warm, cozy feelings of Christmas with the sweet smells of vanilla and cinnamon baking in the oven. This year, I’ve stumbled across a recipe that friends, family, and neighbors all absolutely love, a yummy holiday snack that’s easier than you would believe–even its name leaves mouths watering and tummies growling for a sweet treat!
Honey Baked Cinnamon-Sugar Nuts (“Sweet Nuts”)
- 1 large egg white
- 1-2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tbsp water
- 1 lb mixed nuts (pecans, almonds, and cashews work great!)
- honey (to taste)
Preheat the oven to 250°. Whisk together the egg white, vanilla, and water until frothy in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk together the cinnamon, sugar, and salt. Pour the nuts into the bowl with the vanilla mixture and toss and stir until nuts are coated. Add the sugar mixture to the nuts and toss until nuts are completely coated. Pour the coated nuts into a waxpaper-lined baking sheet and generously drizzle with honey. Stir the nuts and spread them evenly into a single layer on the pan. Bake in oven for 1 hour, making sure to stir every 15 minutes. Let cool until hardened.
Recipe adapted from: http://www.cookingclassy.com/2013/11/cinnamon-sugared-pecans/