When it comes to the Holiday’s These spiced nuts are on my gift list. I absolutely adore them. I love making triple batches and giving them away as gifts. It literally makes everyone smile. Yes, I do know those in my family, friends and loved ones who have allergies to nuts so I usually make something else for them. I love giving food as gifts to those I love because food is my love language. If I cook for you or give you something that I made, that means I love you. I have always been that way. Entertaining for the Holiday’s, birthdays, etc… Is my way of showing my love for you. That is why I have chosen to do what I do.
These spiced nuts have always been something that I go out of my way to make every year. They are that good. Sometimes I can not wait a whole entire year to make them so I often make them in the summer as well because…. well they are so good and that is what it is. I hope you all enjoy this recipe and I hope they make you happy as well and just know that I adore all of you.
So let’s get started.
2 1/2 cups nuts – unsalted and un-toasted. any mix or single type of nut will work.
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1 tsp fine salt – I use pink salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp cream of tartar
1/4 tsp ginger
1/4 tsp ground cardamom
1/4 cup water
- Preheat your oven to 350*.
- Place the nuts on a baking sheet and spread out evenly. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until lightly golden brown.
- In the meantime, In a saucepan over medium heat add your white and brown sugar, salt, cinnamon, cream of tartar, ginger, cardamom, and the water. Stir until the sugar is melted. Bring to a boil and boil for 3 to 5 minutes. I usually do 2 minutes and then put the nuts in the sauce and cook for an additional 3 minutes.
- When the liquid is ready you can add the nuts to a bowl and stir in the syrup or do as stated in previous section 2. Make sure to evenly coat the nuts in the mixture.
- Spread the mixture evenly on to a baking sheet lined with parchment. Allow them to cool for 2 to 3 hours so they can harden. They will not be a very hard crunch but a subtle crunch. Now you can store them in an airtight container or in cellophane liners and tie with a decorative tie and give them as gifts.
These are so easy to make and are so delicious. I hope you all enjoy them. Happy Holidays!