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    • Cinnamon Candied Almonds or Pecans or Walnuts

      Candied PecansCinnamon spiced, sweet and crunchy- an irresistible combination for snacking year round. This simple recipe makes a delicious well received gift for any occasion. It is reminiscent of the yummy smells and flavors of your favorite county Fair. This super simple Last minute gift idea will taste like you spent HOURS in the kitchen, but take you less than 20 minutes from start to finish to prepare.
      Candied nut ingredients

      ou'll Need:
      • 1 c. sugar
      • 1/2 c. water
      • 1 T. Cinnamon
      • 2 c. Almonds or Pecans or Walnuts

      In a medium size saucepan mix cinnamon and sugar until blended.

      mix cinnamon and sugar

      Add water, stirring well. If you've combine your cinnamon & sugar you won't have to worry about blobs of cinnamon. If you didn't stir your cinnamon and sugar, you'll spend the next 5 or so minutes trying to blend the cinnamon blobs.

      add water

      Bring to a boil over medium heat, add nuts (any variety you prefer).

      continue cooking

      Continue boiling, stirring constantly, over med heat until nearly ALL of the water evaporates. (This is different for everyone, for me it took about 5 minutes. However, I store nuts in the freezer so they were literally ice cold when I added them to the pan). Some folks report taking up to 12 minutes for this step.

      Add nuts

      Pour onto a cooking sheet covered in parchment or wax paper. I prefer parchment paper because it's easier to reuse for multiple batches of nuts.

      pour onto parchment paper

      You'll need to work quickly! Separate the nuts from each other using a fork, so they will be equally sugared and not in a blob.

      candied almonds

      Here's a batch of Sugared Pecans, dh's favorite!

      candied pecans

      Tips and Notes:
      Candied Nuts
      • If you fail to cook until the liquid evaporates, you will get a "pooling" of sugar when your pour out the nuts.
      • Not cooking it long enough will make the nuts look glossy rather than sugared.
      They'll still taste fine, it just changes the presentation of the gift.

      These can be given as gifts in jars, simply attach a pretty ribbon & tag to the jar. They can also be given as cone gifts. Place 1 cup in the corner of a ziploc bag, tie with ribbon and trim the bag with scissors.Cinnamon Candied Nuts Homemade gift Idea from Budget101.com

      Places to Get Nuts Cheaper:
      • Sam's Club- has 3 lb bags of Almonds for $9.
      • Costco -frequently has bulk pkgs of nuts inexpensively
      • Trader Joes- reportedly has bulk nuts less expensively
      • Aldi's - frequently has containers of cashews and walnuts about half the price of walmart
      If you know of a great place to a deal on nuts, please add it in the comments section below!
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      Comments 3 Comments
      1. drea's Avatar
        These are so addictive. I made 4 batches and had to take them away from the kids for eating too many at once.
      1. KatHaney's Avatar
        My son was very excited when I came to this recipe! We'll be trying it soon!
      1. grullagal's Avatar
        This is a great idea!! Pecans are plentiful here, I think I will have to try these. Neat gift idea!

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