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Spiced Nuts

One of my favorite ways to class up a centerpiece is by turning it into a big bowl of something festive and edible.During the holidays, sweets are every where: the office, the convenience stores, well-meaning friends and family. It can be hard to say no to all of the delectable treats that are hiding around every corner. One thing that you can take control of though are the desserts and treats that come into the house.  I love to cook (surprise, surprise) and abstaining from making treats this time of year would probably about do me in. That being said, I do try my best to keep my treats as health conscious as possible! One easy swap to do is replacing that big bowl of peppermints/Hershey’s kisses/candy corn etc with a bowl of spiced nuts. The nuts are a healthy source of protein and fat, and the light sugar/spice glaze makes them festive, and enhances their natural delicious flavors!I like to used mixed nuts for this recipe as it provides an interesting combination of flavors and textures, but you could definitely just use one variety, or make your own custom blend of all your favorites!Feel free to cut back on the sugar to an 1/8 cup, if that’s more your to your liking, just don’t eliminate it completely, or the nuts won’t set up right !

 

Spiced Nuts
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
50 mins
 
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 5 Servings
Ingredients
  • 1.5 # mixed nuts unsalted
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1.5 sp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp allspice
  • 1/4 tsp gr. cloves
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp butter
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 285 F.
  2. Cut the butter into small pieces and drop on a rimmed sheet pan. Place the pan in the oven for 3-4 minutes to melt the butter.
  3. Meanwhile whisk all ingredients except the nuts in a medium glass bowl until well combined and slightly frothy. Pour in the nuts and use a spatula to stir until the nuts are evenly coated with the spice mixture.
  4. Using the same spatula spread the butter around on the sheet tray until it is relatively evenly coated. Pour the nut mixture onto the buttered tray and use the spatula to smooth the nuts to a single layer.
  5. Bake at 300 for 10 minutes. Take the tray out of the oven and stir the nuts. Rotate and put it back in for another 10mn.
  6. Repeat this process 3 more times, or until the nuts have roasted about 40 minutes. They should feel dry when stirred around with the spatula at this point, and not wet like they were when you put them in the oven. Take the sheet pan out of the oven and allow to cool completely in a single layer before transferring to a large bowl!


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