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Sweet Spiced Nuts for the Holidays

November 25, 2011

When we started dating ten years ago, AAM and I were pretty sure this was it. Having both sets of parents nearby, we naturally spent time with our families and building early bonds. Like many dating couples, we shared our holidays between families. One of the first holidays with his parents, I brought spiced nuts as an appetizer treat, and it was a huge hit. Four homes later, I am pretty sure the recipe was lost between papers of the past. This year, AAM’s mom asked that I bring them to our family Thanksgiving. So, after a little internet research and recipe combining (I used Smitten Kitchen, ALL Recipes, and Food Network), I tried to replicate the recipe. Much has changed over the past ten years, so I think the recipe is allowed a renewal as well.

These nuts are a great holiday hostess gift or for your own guests. You can make it in advance and store them in the fridge. You can use any hardy nut with the recipe, we chose pecans and almonds. They are absolutely addictive, and wonderfully easy to make, so try them today!

Sweet Spiced Nuts

  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup natural granulated sugar
  • 1 tb kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp hungarian paprika
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 tb water
  • 1/2 lb of almonds
  • 1/2 lb of pecans.

1.Preheat the oven to 300 degrees

2. In a bowl, stir together the dry spices. Be sure you press all the clumps of brown sugar, so that the mixture is smooth.

3. Whisk together the eggwhite and the water, until frothy. Pour in the nuts, and mix together.

4. Pour the nuts into the dry mixture, and toss so the nuts are evenly coated.

5. Place nuts on a foil covered tray. Spread them evenly, and bake for 30 minutes.

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