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Candied Nuts: The Perfect Holiday Gift

Candied nuts holiday gifts

Roasted nuts are a perfect gift for the holidays and are easy for kids to make with the help of an adult.

Our cinnamon-sugar coated nuts are a delicious treat for kids and adults alike to give to the special people on their holiday lists, and take no time at all to prepare.

Whether you decide to candy one kind of nut, or mix them up, you will be sure to see faces light up with joy this season.

Preparation time: 15 minutes
Baking time: 45 minutes
Total time: 1 hour


  • 4 cups (1 lb.) of raw (unroasted) nuts (pecans, almond, walnuts or a combination)
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 large egg white (yolk is removed)
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 300°F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.

  2. Place nuts in a large bowl.

  3. Combine egg white, water and vanilla extract in small bowl and whip with a fork until frothy, or foamy, about one minute.

  4. Add the egg white mixture to the nuts and stir gently until the nuts are covered with the mixture.

  5. Mix together the sugars, salt and cinnamon in a small bowl. Add to the nut mixture and stir until the nuts are coated with the sugar-cinnamon mixture.

  6. Spread coated nuts in a single layer on the baking sheet.

  7. Bake for 45 minutes, stirring the mixture every 15 minutes. Nuts are done when the sugar-cinnamon mixture is dry and the nuts smell fragrant.

  8. Remove from oven and cool completely before packaging or eating.

Makes 4 cups.

Nutritional Information

Per ¼ cup serving: 215 calories; 16.3 g total fat (1.3g saturated, 3.5g polyunsaturated, 0.8g monounsaturated); 77.5mg sodium; 68.6mg cholesterol; 0.0g carbohydrate; 2.8g fiber; 10.6g sugars; 5.2g protein; 15.3mg potassium.

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