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Author Notes: You can't go wrong with maple, walnuts, and spices. These are always appreciated as a homemade holiday or hostess gift. Great as a snack or garnish on salads. I used to make sugared walnuts or pecans with a candy thermometer and seemingly endless stirring - what a chore. This recipe is so quick and easy, I find any excuse to make them. In fact, I just made a 2 batches - one with chipotle, and the other with clove, cinnamon and cardamom for a festive snack. I add the salt to give a buttery taste, without the fat and calories. You can omit the salt, but to me it tastes overly sweet. This is a super easy recipe and very forgiving. Enjoy!
I modified the nut recipe from this delicious salad recipe:
Makes 2 cups of sugared nuts
- 2 cups walnuts, or pecans
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon chipotle powder (optional)
- In a large skillet, roast nuts on medium heat until lightly toasted, stirring occasionally for about 5 minutes.
- Add maple syrup, salt and optional spices, and stir to coat the nuts.
- Keep stirring until syrup is absorbed by the nuts, about 4 minutes.
- Turn off heat, and stir about 2 more minutes until the nuts crystalize slightly and the nuts separate.
- Cool nuts on waxed paper.
- Variations are endless including cinnamon, clove, cardamom, etc.