These crunchy, sweet and spiced candied nuts are a perfect addition to any salad, dessert or as a gift! I must warn you, they are addicting! I find any excuse I can to include them into my meals. This recipe features candied almonds and pecans, however you can use your favorite to create perfect crunchy, flavorful, candied nuts.
The recipe is quite simple, combine your favorite spices (I used cinnamon and nutmeg) with sugar and salt as the coating for the candied nuts. The nuts are then tossed in a slightly foamy mixture of egg white, water and vanilla; this allows the sugar and spice coating to adhere to the nuts as they roast. The nuts are then tossed in the sugar and spice coating.
Roast the nuts at 300°F for 15 minutes on a sheet tray lined with lightly greased foil. After 15 minutes, stir the nuts gently with a fork, then roast for an additional 25-30 minutes until crispy in texture and the sugar has adhered to the nuts. I encourage you to try a sample at different time points to check the texture. As the nuts slowly roast, the smell of cinnamon, nutmeg and caramelized sugar fills the air!
This recipe for candied nuts is very simple, you can substitute the spices with other ingredients like ground ginger, cayenne pepper, Chinese five spice to bring some variety to the flavor! I used pecans and almonds for the nuts that I candied; I especially enjoyed the candied pecans because they were extremely crunchy and flavorful, the pieces reminded me of all the great baked goods during the holidays! I added these candied nuts to my dulce de leche apple pie recipe.
- 1 egg white
- 1 tablespoon water
- ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup nuts (pecans or almonds)
- ½ cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ¾ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- Preheat oven to 300°F and set the baking rack to the center of the oven.
- Combine sugar, cinnamon, salt and ground nutmeg in a plastic bag, shake to mix.
- Add egg white, water, and vanilla in a bowl. Beat until slightly foamy, add nuts and coat well. Using a slotted spoon, lift nuts out of the bowl and place into the bag of sugar and spices. Shake the nuts in bag making sure they are well coated.
- Spread the sugared nuts on a sheet tray lined with lightly greased foil. Bake for 15 minutes, then stir nuts gently with a fork. Bake for an additional 25- 30 minutes, until the nuts are crunchy in texture and the sugar has adhered and dried to the nuts.
- Allow the nuts to cool on the sheet pan before serving.