Homemade Candied Nuts
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This easy recipe for Homemade Candied Nuts makes an excellent Christmas gift or hostess gift for friends and family or just a delicious holiday snack to munch on.
The holidays look a little different this year so we are going back to the basics and spreading a little holiday cheer with simple gifts of flowers and homemade treats like these candied nuts.
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Keeping the Holidays Simple
While I won’t be hosting my usual dinner party or attending the usual office potlucks I still want to show love and appreciation for friends and family who I haven’t seen nearly enough of this year. I’m keeping it simple with classic candied pecans and candied walnuts that can be packaged in cute mason jars and delivered with a festive bouquet of debi lilly design™ flowers that they can put on their dining table or mantle for a little extra joy this holiday season.
In the spirit of keeping things simple I was able to get everything I needed to make these gifts in one place. Safeway has a great selection of Open Nature® nuts including pecan halves and walnuts, as well as O Organics® sugar, cinnamon, and eggs. I even picked up a new roll of Signature SELECT™ parchment paper because you can never have too much during cookie baking season!
I don’t know if you know this but Safeway also has an amazing floral section. I bought this beautiful debi lilly design™ Alpine frost bouquet and chose a matching vase from their large selection. It’s now sitting on my kitchen table brightening my day while I make Christmas candy for friends and family.
Along with the gorgeous flowers there is all sorts of great holiday decor to choose from, vases in all shapes and sizes, mason jars, and even this cute debi lilly design™ fa la la Giftable Candle that I had to snag for myself because I can never have enough Christmas candles (it would make a great gift too!!)
I shopped at Safeway, but you can also find debi lilly design™, Open Nature®, and O Organics® products at the Albertsons Companies family of stores, including Albertsons, Safeway, ACME Markets, Jewel-Osco, Randalls, Shaw’s Supermarket, Star Market, Tom Thumb and Vons.
Safeway also offers Grocery Delivery and DriveUp & Go™ for convenient ways to shop! It’s a total time-saver during the holidays. I place my order online and then send my husband to pick up the groceries while get everything ready at home. It’s my FAVORITE way to grocery shop!
Ingredients You’ll Need for Candied Nuts
- Nuts – We used a mix of Open Nature® pecans halves and Open Nature® walnuts for this recipe but you can use just one type of nut or add others like almonds, and cashews if you prefer.
- Sugars – This recipe uses two kinds of sugar, granulated O Organics® sugar which is a white sugar, and O Organics dark brown sugar. The brown sugar is made with molasses so it has a richer flavor that is perfect for holiday treats
- Cinnamon – I think every holiday recipe needed a little pinch of O Organics ground cinnamon!
- Egg white – This is what makes it all stick together. Just 1 egg white is all you’ll need to make a whole batch of candied nuts. Save the egg yolk for some homemade eggnog and curl up on the couch to watch holiday movies!
How to Make Candied Nuts
1. Make Coating. In a large bowl toss together the white sugar, brown sugar, and cinnamon.
In a separate bowl add the egg white and 1 tablespoon of water. Use a whisk or a hand mixer to whisk together until the egg whites become super frothy.
2. Coat the nuts. Once the coating ingredients are ready place your nuts in the bowl with the egg whites and stir together until they are well coated. Then use a fork, or a slotted spoon, to move the nuts to the sugar mixture bowl. Toss with the sugar and they are well coated.
3. Bake. Once the nuts are coated in cinnamon and sugar place them on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. It’s ok if some touch you can break them apart when they come out of the oven but make sure it is just one layer, you don’t want them stacked up on each other.
Bake at 300 degrees F for 25-30 minutes, stopping halfway through to toss the nuts around a little before letting them finish baking.
4. Cool and serve. When they come out of the oven let them cool completely and then serve or store them for later. One warning, these tend to go fast so if you store them for later you’d better hide them or they might disappear ;).
Packaging Up Your Homemade Candy
When your candied nuts have cooled completely it’s time to package them up. Fill a wide-mouth mason jar with the nuts, stopping just below the rim. Screw the lid on tight.
You can decorate the jar by tying a cute holiday gift tag around the jar lid with a piece of twine or Christmas ribbon, or you can tie a piece of twine around the middle of the mason jar with a sprig or two of greenery from a debi lilly design floral arrangement. This is a great way to use one bouquet to decorate multiple gifts.
Tips for Holiday Flower Arrangements
Flowers are an instant way to bring a boost of joy to yourself or others and they are a great gift to give during the holiday season. You can find debi lilly design floral arrangements at Safeway starting at $12.99 and you can customize your arrangements by picking out the perfect trendy vase and bouquet to go with it.
debi lilly design has thought of everything ! They have even designed the labels on their items so that they are easily removable and don’t leave a sticky residue on the vase.
Here are a few tips for making the most of your holiday flowers:
- When preparing your bouquet, remove the packaging then cut the stems at an angle. You want to cut at an angle so there is more surface area of the stem in the water to be able to drink more water.
- To cut them to the correct length hold the vase up next to the flowers aligning the top of the vase with the to the bottom of the flower buds. Leave the filler pieces (the pieces in the bouquet that are not flowers) a bit longer to give the arrangement height.
- Every bouquet comes with a “flower food” packet. Add this to the water in the vase to help keep your flowers fresh and beautiful for longer.
You can buy one bouquet of flowers and split it into multiple small vases, break apart the bouquets and use one or two fresh flowers and greenery to decorate your food gift jars, or deliver a big bouquet to each of your friend just to see the smile on their face.
Whatever you choose to do I guarantee you that you are going to get just as much holiday cheer out of giving them the gift as they do from receiving it.
Homemade Candied Nuts
- 1 large Egg white
- 1/2 cup Sugar, granulated
- 1/4 cup Dark brown sugar, packed
- 2 teaspoons Ground cinnamon
- 16 ounces Pecans halves
- 8 ounces Walnuts
- Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
- In a large bowl toss together the white sugar, brown sugar, and cinnamon.
- In a separate bowl add the egg white and 1 tablespoon of water. Use a whisk or a hand mixer to whisk together until the egg whites become super frothy.
- Once the coating ingredients are ready place your nuts in the bowl with the egg whites and stir together until they are well coated.
- Use a fork, or a slotted spoon, to move the nuts to the sugar mixture bowl. Toss with the sugar and they are well coated.
- Once the nuts are coated in cinnamon and sugar place them on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. It’s ok if some touch you can break them apart when they come out of the oven but make sure it is just one layer, you don’t want them stacked up on each other.
- Bake at 300 degrees F for 25-30 minutes, stopping halfway through to toss the nuts around a little before letting them finish baking.
- Once they finish baking, remove from the oven and let them cool completely and then serve or store them for later.