Recipe: Fancy Nuts.

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First of all, let’s all try not to giggle like middle school children over the generous use of the word “nuts” in this post. Agreed? Cool.

Now that we’ve got that covered, let’s do talk about nuts. I have yet to bake any cookies this year, but I have definitely baked my fair share of *festive nuts.* Or, at least, that’s what I’m calling them and I’m sticking to it!

The thing about *fancy nuts* is that they seem so gourmet and festive but are SO easy to throw together. That makes them the perfect gift or treat to take to get-togethers. Shhh. If you don’t tell how easy they are, I won’t.

Here are three of my favorite dressed-up nut treats: Barbecue Pecans, Sugar and Spice Cashews, and Orange Fudgy Almonds.

pecan

Barbecue Pecans

2 tbsp butter

2 tbsp worcestershire sauce

1 tsp chili powder

1/4 tsp onion powder

1/4 tsp garlic powder

1/8 tsp seasoned salt

2 cups pecan halves

Preheat oven to 300F. Melt butter in a medium saucepan and add next 5 ingredients. Once combined, add pecans. Toss to coat. Spread onto a baking sheet (covered with foil and greased for easy clean-up) and bake for 35 minutes, stirring around every 10 minutes. Cool and store in an airtight container. Makes 2 cups.

cashews

Sugar and Spice Cashews

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 tsp ground nutmeg

1/4 tsp ground cinnamon

1/4 tsp ground ginger

1/8 tsp ground cloves

1 large egg white

3 cups unsalted cashews

Preheat oven to 250 F. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and stir to coat well. Spread onto a baking sheet (covered with foil and greased for easy clean-up) and bake for 1 hour, stirring around every 10 minutes. Cool and store in an airtight container. Makes 3 cups.

almonds

Orange Fudgy Almonds

1 1/2 cups granulated sugar

1/2 cup orange juice

1/2 cup milk

3 cups whole unsalted almonds

1 tbsp grated orange peel (peel of about 1 medium orange)

Combine sugar, orange juice, and milk in a large saucepan. Heat and stir until sugar is dissolved and mixture is boiling. Boil without stirring until mixtures reached the soft ball stage (234to 240F) on a candy thermometer. Likewise, when the mixture is at the softball stage, a small amount dropped into very cold water forms a soft ball when removed from the water. Hence, the name. Remove mixture from heat and stir in almonds and orange peel. Stir until the sugar mixture begins to solidify over the nuts and they become difficult to stir. It’s going to look like there is too much liquid at first. There’s not. Pour onto a baking sheet (covered with foil and greased for easy clean-up) to cool and once cool to the touch, break up into single pieces. Makes about 5 cups.

Talk to me, what are your favorite holiday treats? If you make these, let me know how they turn out!

Hugs,

Megan

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2 thoughts on “Recipe: Fancy Nuts.

    Maisa Leibovitz said:
    December 23, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    SUCH a good idea to make and give to friends for the holidays. People get sick of cookies you know? I love it. What’s your favourite?

      mlpull responded:
      December 23, 2013 at 7:07 pm

      Yep! They’re definitely a nice change-up from cookies! Picking a favourite is hard. The orange fudgy almonds are my favourite sweet ones, but the bbq pecans are hard to stay away from

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