These Cinnamon Sugared Nuts are crunchy, delicious, simple to make and fun to eat. Perfect treat for your guests at any gathering. Enjoy!
My mom told me when she was a kid in Peru, there would be vendors on the street with huge copper pots stirring cinnamon sugared nuts. On Sundays, the vendors would be outside with their carts preparing to sell their tasty treats to the people after Mass. My Mom remembers this woman who had her table set up with a primus – portable cooktop – where her big copper bowl sat and she would be stirring and stirring. She would then put the nuts in little white paper bags and sell them. My Mom and her sister would buy a bag whenever they could. Mom said the aroma was amazing and would pull everyone to walk in the direction of the roasted nuts. The memory always put a smile on her face.
For me, the best experience that came close to what my Mom described would be at a recreational retail store in Maine where there is a small candy section. My husband and I walked in one morning to shop and when we entered this huge store, all I could smell was this sweet aroma coming from somewhere. I didn’t know what it was at first but I kept walking around to find it. I can only describe it as heavenly. I found the spot where the smell was emanating from – right in the center of the store. There was a gentleman making these sugar and cinnamon coated nuts of almonds, cashews, and pecans – my favorite. I wandered over to the counter and he smiled at me. The store had just opened and it was morning – too early to be eating nuts. But, I couldn’t leave. He asked if I would like some. I replied that I would, but it’s too early to eat nuts and I had some shopping to do. He smiled again and said it’s never to early to eat these.
Gentleman: “Here, take some and enjoy while you shop.”
Me: “Really? Thank you so much.”
He gave me a bag to try while I walked around the store. I was throughly enjoying the sweet, cinnamon, roasted nuts barely sharing with my husband. Before we knew it, the bag was gone. I went back to the nice gentleman and ordered a bag of each. He smiled and said, “gets them every time.”
Recently, I attended a crafts fair and there were many food vendors selling everything from soup to nuts – literally. One vendor was selling all assortments of nuts. I asked how it was done and he replied with egg whites and sugar. Sounds easy right? It is easy.
This recipe is very simple. Pecans, almonds, cashews, walnuts, whichever or all of them combined, an egg white, sugar, cinnamon, vanilla, and salt.
First you need a large egg white. Save the yolk for another purpose. Other than when I fry eggs, there is one thing I do religiously when I use eggs and that is removing the chalazae – the white stringy thing attached to the yolk that may fall into the bowl when separating the yolk from the white. I remove it with a spoon. You may want to remove it but if it doesn’t bother you then continue.
The egg white and vanilla are whisked together until frothy – really frothy as shown in the photo. You want to whisk it enough so that it is combined with the vanilla and builds a little volume.
The nuts are added and stirred until completely coated.
The sugar is combined with the cinnamon and salt then added to the nuts and stirred to thoroughly coat and fill the creases and grooves of the nuts.
Spread in a single layer onto a pan lined with parchment and bake at 300 degrees for 30 minutes, stirring halfway. Just make sure they are spread out again in a single layer after stirring.
Let cool and break up any nuts that are clumped together.
This is a great little hostess gift to bring to a party. A little something special to show your appreciation. Put them in a pretty jar or bag tied with a ribbon and you’re done. Maybe accompany it with a bottle of Prosecco? Couldn’t hurt, right?
You don’t have to go to Peru or Maine to experience these treats, although I highly recommend it.
¡Al Ataque! and Enjoy!
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- 1 pound nuts - pecans, almonds, and/or walnuts ~ 4 cups
- 1 large egg white
- 1 tablespoon vanilla
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- Preheat oven 300 degrees.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Combine the sugar, cinnamon, and kosher salt in a small bowl and set aside.
- In a large bowl, whisk the egg white and vanilla until very frothy.
- Add the nuts to the egg white mixture and stir thoroughly to coat.
- Stir in the sugar mixture and thoroughly coat all the nuts.
- Spread in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet.
- Bake for 30 minutes, stirring halfway through baking.
- Remove and let cool. Break up any clumps.
- ¡Al Ataque! and Enjoy!