Sunday, December 20, 2009

Caramelized Nuts

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These caramelized pecans are so addicting -- we can't stop eating them. They are delicious sprinkled in a salad or as a standalone snack, an easy recipe that takes just a few minutes to cook. It makes a unique hostess gift when wrapped in a cellophane bag with a festive bow.

3 T unsalted butter
3 T sugar
1-1/2 cups walnuts or pecans
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp cinnamon

In a frying pan over medium high heat, melt the butter, add 3 T sugar, stir until bubbling. Add the nuts and cook until the nuts are golden brown, stirring often. Transfer nuts to a foil-lined baking sheet, and let cool for 15 min. In a separate bowl, mix the cinnamon with the remaining 1/2 cup sugar. Add the nuts and mix until coated. Remove nuts from excess cinnamon sugar, and store in an air tight container.

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