Maple Cinnamon Spiced Nuts
Give the gift of maple cinnamon spiced nuts this holiday season! I can think of a million reasons why you should have these at your next dinner party or why you should gift them to friends, but the most important reason is because they’re absolutely the most delightful holiday treat that smell phenomenal.
One of my favorite things about holiday time is the scent. You know, that nostalgic smell that brings you back to childhood or brings you back to a certain time. I feel like the holidays have so much SMELL. Cinnamon, pine, snow, firewood, peppermint; there’s just so much! It’s interesting how a specific scent can evoke so much emotion. Just like hearing that song on the radio that you haven’t heard in years; but as soon as you hear it, it brings you right back and you remember the exact time and moment and you can swear you’re there.
That’s kind of how I feel about these maple cinnamon spiced nuts. I remember going through the city or mall with my parents when I was young and smelling these amazing spiced nuts. I have always wondered how they were able to make it smell so good. I loved the sweet and spicy note that they gave off. It was a nice marketing ploy to have this amazing smell lure you to the stands. I never attempted to make them because I thought, if this is something you only really see at kiosks or street cars, it must be something that’s hard to make. Ha, my naive mind. Most food items are easy to make, which is why they sell them. After some researching and testing, I came up with this version and oh my gosh, you seriously have got to make this for every family member and friend.
Put them in mason jars and tie a red ribbon around it. Christmas gift, done. Stocking stuffer, done. And this is not just any old spiced nuts, these are marvelous. I don’t know how to describe to you how addicting they are. I bet you family and friends will ask you for these over and over again. And it’s totally up to you if you want to share the recipe or if you want them to think you slaved over this :)
Give the gift of maple cinnamon spiced nuts this holiday season! I can think of a million reasons why you should have these at your next dinner party or why you should gift them to friends, but the most important reason is because they're absolutely the most delightful holiday treat that smell phenomenal.
- 1 egg white
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- 2 cups pecans
- 1 cup almonds
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp cardamom
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
- In a large bowl beat the egg white until frothy with the maple syrup.
- In a small bowl, whisk together sugar, salt, cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, and cayenne pepper.
- Pour the pecans and almonds into the bowl of the egg white and maple syrup. Toss the nuts and coat them well.
- Pour the bowl of the sugar and spices over the nuts and toss and make sure everything is coated well with the spice mixture.
- Pour the entire bowl onto the lined baking sheet and spread in an even layer.
- Bake for 30 minutes, occasionally turning the nuts so they don't burn.
- Store in an airtight container.
Posted on November 13, 2013