Smoky Mountain Candied Nuts

Nothing will zap you into the holiday spirit like visiting The Great Smoky Mountains! I lived near Gatlinburg TN for a few years, and man, do they do Christmas! Just about the time the air begins to bite at your nose it also fills with a wonderful sweetness. The small mountain town becomes engulfed in the smells of fudge, cider and one of my favorites, candied nuts. When I moved back to Ohio I brought a love for all things TN along with me (as well as some pretty cool memories of seeing Dolly Parton & Paula Deen 🙂 )

IMG_9856 (1)Bring a little Smoky Mountain Christmas into your kitchen with this Candied Nut recipe. We promise it will make your entire home smell like goodness.

Smoky Mountain Candied Nuts

1 Egg White
1 T water
1 ¼ C Almonds
2 C Pecans
½ C Sugar
¼ C Brown Sugar
1 t Cinnamon
¼ t Ground Ginger
½ t Pumpkin Pie Spice
¼ t Nutmeg
¼ C Fresh Cranberries (optional)
Pinch of Salt

In a small bowl, whisk the egg white and water ~2 minutes until foamy. In another small bowl, combine the sugars, spices, and salt.

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Next, pour the almonds and pecans (and throw in the cranberries too, if you’re choosing to use them) into a large bowl and dump in the egg mixture. Stir until the nuts are coated with the egg white/water mixture. Finally, pour the sugar/spice mixture in. Stir to totally coat all of the nuts with the yummy cinnamon sugar coating. Dump your mixture in a single layer on to a parchment paper lined baking sheet and bake at 300 degrees for 25-30 minutes. Make sure you take them out halfway through baking to stir so all of the nuts are evenly baked.

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Once they’re done, pull them out and let them cool for about 10 min, then dig in!

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These nuts are so simple and delicious that they’re a Holiday must! One bite and you’ll be Smoky Mountain dreaming, and most likely singing “Rocky Top” during Thanksgiving dinner. I know I will be 😉

ps.  These make a great holiday hostess gift!  Just find a cute container (I’m a fan these small pails from Target.  They usually have several cute options in the under $5 bins)  I added a few red Sixlets for a pop of holiday color (m&ms would work also).  Wrap in a plastic bag and you’re sure to make someone happy!

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Happy Thanksgiving, Y’all

Kelsey (& Krista)

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