Santa's nuts

By Bob Blumer
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These sugar and spice candied nuts are made with brown and white sugar, along with cayenne pepper and cinnamon to give it a little spice. If you bring these to a party, tell the host or hostess to hide them, or they will disappear!



  • 1/2 pound pecan or walnut halves
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 egg white, room temperature


  1. Preheat oven to 300°F
  2. Remove all the nut fragments and save them for a salad, leaving just the full halves. (Fragments will not have the proper nut-to-coating ratio).
  3. In a medium bowl, mix sugars, salt, cayenne and cinnamon. Reserve. 
  4. In a large bowl, beat egg white until stiff. Add pecans and stir thoroughly so that every nut is completely coated. Sprinkle nuts with a quarter cup of the sugar mixture and stir until evenly coated. And another quarter cup and continue repeating until you have incorporated all the sugar mixture. 
  5. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Add nuts by the handful, then one by one, turn them flat side down and separate them so that there is at least a quarter-inch of breathing space around each nut. 
  6. Bake for about 20 minutes, or until nuts are puffed up and a deep golden-brown colour. Remove from oven and let cool completely before removing from the tray.
  7. Nuts will keep for a couple of weeks in a tightly sealed container (but only if nobody knows where they are hidden). Serve and enjoy!

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