How to Candy Nuts
Candied nuts are a delicious holiday treat! You can give them out in gift bags, use them as a topping, or eat them as a seriously addicting snack.
What kind of nut?
You can candy any kind of nut! Candied pecans are classic for the holidays but don’t let that limit you. Try using walnuts, cashews or even pistachios and hazelnuts. A mixture of different nuts can really set your mix apart.
How long do candied nuts last?
Candied nuts make for a great holiday gift. Package them in a clear plastic treat bag with a nice ribbon. They will stay fresh for 1-2 weeks at room temperature, 2-3 weeks in the fridge, or several months in the freezer.
Ways to use candied nuts
Not only are candied nuts a delicious snack but they can be used in so many ways. You can toss them into a salad with fresh apple slices and goat cheese. You can top them onto a cheesecake, pancakes, or ice cream. You can also toss them with other snacks such as crackers and raisins to make your own trail mix or granola.
- 4 cups shelled, unsalted nuts (*pecans, walnuts, cashews, pistachios, hazelnuts, almonds, or peanuts)
- 100 grams (1/2 cup) granulated sugar
- 100 grams (1/2 cup) brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice, nutmeg, or cardamom (optional)
- 1 large egg white
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon water
- Preheat oven to 300°F (150°C) and line a sheet pan with parchment paper or silicone baking mat.
- Whisk together in a small bowl the granulated sugar, brown sugar, salt, cinnamon, and other optional spices.
- In a large bowl, whip the egg white with the water and vanilla until very foamy using a whisk or electric mixer.
- Gently stir in the spiced sugar mixture into the egg mixture. Toss and evenly coat the nuts into the sugar/egg mixture.
- Spread the coated nuts evenly onto the baking sheet. Bake for 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes.
- Let cool completely before storing in an airtight container or sealed bag.
*Nut sizes: whole, halved, or chopped nuts will work depending on your preference.