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Sugar ‘n’ Spice Nuts

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. Bake: 45 min.

Makes

4 cups

To tell the truth, I can't recall where this recipe came from. It's been a regular in my holiday baking, though, for many years. Between Thanksgiving and New Year's, I hand these out to almost everybody—even the mailman's been known to find a batch in the mailbox! I moved from a big city as a bride. My husband soon persuaded me to enter baked goods at our county fair—now, our son, 8, is my cookie tester, and our daughter, 6, is the egg beater.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups lightly salted mixed nuts
  • 1 large egg white
  • 1 tablespoon orange juice
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange zest
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice

Directions

  1. Place nuts in a large bowl. In a small bowl, beat egg white and orange juice with a fork until foamy. Add the sugar, orange zest, cinnamon, ginger and allspice; mix well. Pour over nuts and stir to coat.
  2. Spread into an ungreased 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Bake at 275° for 45-50 minutes or until nuts are crisp and lightly browned, stirring every 15 minutes.
  3. Cool completely. Store in an airtight container.

Nutrition Facts

1/3 cup: 250 calories, 18g fat (2g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 234mg sodium, 20g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 3g fiber), 6g protein.

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