Cinnamon Nuts – A Gift Everyone Loves

As the holidays approach we find ourselves scrambling around more than usual. There are parties to attend, gifts to buy and wrap, food to prepare for special dinners, and food gifts to make to give away to friends and family. Food gifts in fact, are becoming rare these days as people’s lives have escalated to warp speed. There’s just no time to bake cookies or candies like in the old days. So traditions, while strongest at the holidays are seeming to fall away to new lifestyles and time constraints. 

Let’s see if we can get back to some of the fun of baking/cooking with these oh so easy cinnamon nuts. What’s great about this recipe: you can choose any nuts you like to include, it’s a crockpot recipe so it’s almost fool and fuss proof, and it makes a generous amount to fill many gift-giving needs. 

I used cashews and pecans for my nut mix, but you can use nuts you prefer if these aren’t on your favorites list. 

Coat nuts with egg white mixture and then add the cinnamon and sugar mixture and stir. Easy as 1, 2, 3. 

Once nuts have cooked, remove from the crockpot and cool on wax paper. Ready to eat or if you have to, package up to share with friends and family. 

Cinnamon Nuts
Makes about 7 cups
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Ingredients
  1. 7 cups nuts (I used cashews and pecans, or whatever nuts you prefer)
  2. 1 cup granulated sugar
  3. 1/2 cup brown sugar
  4. 1 generous tablespoon cinnamon
  5. 1 teaspoon cloves
  6. 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  7. 6 tablespoons egg whites (about 2 eggs)
  8. 1 teaspoon vanilla
  9. cooking spray, for slow-cooker
Instructions
  1. PREP: Spray the crockpot with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. Add nuts to the crockpot.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine egg whites and vanilla. Whisk until frothy. Pour over nuts and stir to coat all nuts.
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk together sugars, cinnamon, cloves and salt. Add to the nut mixture in the crockpot and combine thoroughly.
  5. Cook on low for 3 hours, stirring every half hour. If sugar isn’t dissolving, add water 1 tablespoon at a time.
  6. When done, remove nuts from crockpot and cool in a single layer. Ready to serve or store in an airtight container.
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