Thursday, December 20, 2012

{Homemade Christmas Gifts!} - Part 5 - Sugar and Spice Candied Almonds

Folks, this is the fifth (and final!) installment of homemade holiday gift posts.  Hopefully you've been inspired to make some delicious homemade gifts of your own!

There are tons of recipes like this out there, but I found mine on the blog Smitten Kitchen.

You'll need:

1/3 cup brown sugar
2/3 cup white granulated sugar
2 tsp kosher salt
generous pinch cayenne pepper
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 egg white, room temperature
1 tbs water
1 pound almonds (Alternately, could use pecans, walnuts, etc.)

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F.

Mix the sugars, salt, cayenne pepper, and cinnamon.  Set aside.

Beat the egg white and water until frothy, but not stiff.  Add the nuts, and stir to coat evenly.  Sprinkle nuts with sugar mixture and toss until evenly coated.

Spread sugared nuts in a single layer on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper.  

Bake for 30 minutes, stopping to stir them around occasionally.  Remove them from the oven and separate the nuts as they cool.

When completely cool, pour into a bowl, or other vessel.  Eat!

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