Easy Candied Walnuts (or Pecans or Almonds)

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Merry Christmas everyone! Can you believe that Christmas is just two days away? This season has gone by SO fast! J and I were in Southeast Asia Thanksgiving through the first week of December (photos coming!) so I feel like we had to jump straight into holiday fun in order to keep up.

We’ll be spending Christmas Eve with our other family (not blood related but family in every other wonderful way) and I’m in charge of bringing a salad and rolls. I’m still trying to figure out what kind of rolls I want to either make or just heat and bring and even what kind of salad to make. One thing I do know — I want candied walnuts on my salad! Nothing makes me gobble down a salad faster than sugar coated nuts hidden in the greens. I used to buy them pre-made at the grocery store as I bet many of you also do. Can I make a request? STOP IT! Seriously, these are so easy to make and are so inexpensive compared to the pre-made nuts. Add a little cinnamon for some holiday flavor or a shake of cayenne if you like a bit of heat.

Here’s what you need:

1 Cup Walnuts (whole or pieces)*

1/4 Cup Sugar

1 Tablespoon Butter

1/2 tsp cinnamon (optional)

*you can also use pecans or sliced almonds instead of walnuts

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Heat a saute pan over medium high heat and add all of your ingredients. Stir everything around the pan continuously for about 5 minutes.

At around the 5 minute mark you’ll notice your sugar beginning to melt. Pay attention at this point and keep stirring, trying to get all the walnuts coated as the sugar melts. The sugar and nuts can quickly go from golden to burned at this point so as soon as the nuts are well coated and golden, remove from heat.

Pour your candied nuts onto a sheet of parchment paper and separate the nuts from each other with a spatula. They will be hot! Do not touch them with your fingers.

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After about 5-10 minutes your walnuts will be cool and ready to gobble! Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks. Enjoy!

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One last tip: if you let your pan cool, the sugar will solidify and seem almost impossible to remove. Don’t throw away the pan or panic! Instead, fill your sugar-assulted pan with water and bring to a simmer on the stovetop. The sugar will melt with the water and your pan will be super easy to clean!

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