My parents have a huge black walnut tree in their backyard. This year we picked up big storage tupperware bins full of walnuts. We have bins and bins of walnuts. BUT, the thing is, you have to crack each walnut shell to get out a walnut. Lots of work. I had no idea it took so much effort and hours of work just to get a zip-lock bag full of walnuts. I can now understand why they are so expensive to buy in the grocery store.
I love snacking on nuts and what's better than cinnamon sugar candied nuts?
Cinnamon almonds are to-die-for and every time I walk through the mall this time of year, the smell of those almonds is irresistible. BUT, they are a little pricey, so, I figured why not make my own candied nuts and use up some of these walnuts I have along with some of my other favorite nuts.
These nuts turned out fantastic. A great snack to have on hand or they are a great neighbor gift. Your house will smell amazing while they bake.
Let me show you how easy they are to make . . .
Combine egg white, water and vanilla and whisk with a fork until frothy.
Add the nuts.
Combine sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon and salt and add to bowl with nuts.
Stir everything together until well combined.
Spread out onto a baking sheet that has been lined with parchment paper and sprayed with cooking spray. Bake for one hour, stirring every 15 minutes and that's it.
See how easy they are to make at home? Save yourself some money and skip the lines at the mall and make your own cinnamon sugar nuts.
They are absolutely delicious and hard to stop eating.
Cinnamon Sugar Candied Nuts
1 large egg white
1 Tbl. water
1 tsp. vanilla
3/4 c. sugar
1/4 c. light brown sugar
2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. salt
3 c. nuts (almonds, pecans, walnuts, etc. . . )
Preheat oven to 250 degrees. In a large bowl, combine egg white, water and vanilla and whisk together with a fork until frothy. Add the nuts to the bowl. Then, in a separate small bowl, combine the sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon and salt and add to the bowl with the nuts and egg mixture. Stir mixture together until well combined. Spread out evenly onto a large baking sheet that has been lined with parchment paper and sprayed with cooking spray.
Bake for 60 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes. The parchment paper will want to slide a little bit when you stir the nuts, but when it's time to clean your pan, you will be glad it was lined with parchment. When done baking, remove from oven, cool and serve.