This week’s tip: Make your own candied nuts this holiday season!
I love candied nuts around the holidays. They make a nice gift and are a great addition to any holiday spread. Cashews are delicious on their own, but even better with a little extra sweetness. This recipe combines the sweetness of maple syrup and the richness of cashews, with a hint of cinnamon and vanilla. The recipe is below. Enjoy!
1/4 tsp. plus 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon (used separately)
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. real vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Line a baking sheet and cooling rack with parchment paper. Mix 1/4 tsp. cinnamon with sugar and set aside.
Place the maple syrup in a pot over medium heat (I use stainless steel). Once it boils and begins to foam, add the remaining cinnamon, salt, and vanilla extract, stirring well after each addition. Let boil for about 1 minute, and then add cashews and stir. Return to a boil, and then reduce the heat to low. Stirring frequently, let simmer for about 5 minutes, until the syrup mixture begins to thicken.
Pour the mixture on a parchment-lined baking sheet and spread out into a single layer. Sprinkle the cinnamon-sugar mixture evenly over the nuts, and then place in the oven. After 7 to 8 minutes, remove and stir the nuts around (the syrup should be golden brown and bubbly). Place back in the oven for 1 to 2 additional minutes.
Stir around the nuts, and place on a parchment-lined cooling rack in a single layer. Let sit until cooled, and then break apart. Store in an airtight container.