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 🙂 )
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.
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.
Once they’re done, pull them out and let them cool for about 10 min, then dig in!
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!
Happy Thanksgiving, Y’all
Kelsey (& Krista)