Friday, October 26, 2012

Cinnamon Candied Walnuts

A couple of days ago, I declared a sick day for myself.  I hadn't slept well and woke up early to a bad headache and the sound of rain pounding on the windows.  The room was chilly and I was happy to be tucked under my comforter.  The pup was snuggled up against my leg.  So I got up, took some aspirin and fed the pup her breakfast.  Then I went back to my bed and warm comforter.  I turned on the morning news but quickly fell asleep and, when I woke up again, the pup was asleep in the crook of my arm, it was still cold and rainy and now it was nearly 11:00 am.  Oh, and I also still had that damn headache.

I checked some emails, posted a few things and saw there was a House, M.D. marathon on TV.  Back to bed I went to watch the shows with a cup of tea.  But during commercial breaks I did little spurts of this and that including making some lightly candied walnuts for a goat cheese salad I had in mind.  While they were cooling, I was snacking on a few and thinking that it would be fun if they had more of an autumn flavor.  I started to wonder if they would taste good with cinnamon.  It took me a while to realize that this is not a new flavor combination.  In fact, many people put walnuts in streusel.  Cinnamon goes in streusel.  Ergo, cinnamon and walnuts go well together.  Then I wondered if this bout of idiocy was caused by my headache (let's just agree that it was).

So I made a second batch of candied walnuts with cinnamon sugar.  These are definitely much better for snacking than for salads and maybe even particularly good as cocktail snacks.  And since I still used my light recipe, they're a pretty healthy snack at that.  So my rainy, chilly, stay in bed and watch TV day was kind of productive after all.  Enjoy!

Ingredients
2 cups plain walnuts
2 Tablespoons butter (I used light butter)
2 Tablespoons sugar
1/2 Teaspoon cinnamon
Pinch of salt

Combine the sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl.  Melt the butter in a pan on the stove top and add all but 1 teaspoon of the cinnamon sugar mixture.  On low heat, stir the walnuts for a minute until they are fully coated and all the sugar has dissolved.  Place the walnuts, in a single layer, on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.  Sprinkle on the remaining cinnamon sugar and a pinch of salt.  Place in a pre-heated 400 degree oven for 10 minutes.  Remove from the oven and toss with a spoon or spatula.  Serve warm or allow to cool completely and store in a sealed jar.  Makes 4 - 8 servings depending on your appetite.

19 comments:

  1. That logic is just so....logical.

    Now I want this.

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  2. What a great snack! Why have I never thought of this before?!

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  3. I love anything cinnamon, and add it to many things. I ahve made savory spiced walnuts with cinnamon, but never the sweet ones. Have to try these!

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  4. I'm making these for a salad that I will serve to guests next week. But, I will also have to do some pecans since one of the ladies is allergic to walnuts. Thanks.

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  5. I took a sick/mental health day two weeks ago. It felt great to sleep and snuggle with the pug all day. I only wish I had some of these nuts to snack on. It would have made everything better!

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  6. YUM! I love cinnamon sugar nuts - They make the house smell great too! Thanks for the recipe!

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  7. Ugh...I hope you feel better! I would have stayed parked in my bed all day, but here you gave us this fantastic recipe! Yummy and healthy...mmmmm.

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  8. Yes please! I love candied nuts!

    I hope you're feeling better.

    And last week, I took a sick day. I went out to lunch with my wife. Best sick day ever.

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  9. Sounds like you're feeling better now. I used to power through days like that, only to end up truly sick a few days later. I'll bet these cinnamony treats were perfect with your cup of tea!

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  10. one of our favorite ways to eat nuts.. love this same one with pecans and almonds as well! nice one

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  11. I love walnuts and pecans. This seems like such an easy and quick way to get a quick snack. I am sorry you had a headache, but glad your pup was there for you!

    Thank you for linking up to Foodie Friends Friday! You always bring such wonderful recipes!

    Cynthia at http://FeedingBig.blogspot.com

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  12. We have a bounty of walnuts from our tree this year. This would be a wonderful way to use some of them. Thank you for sharing the recipe.

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  13. I'm constantly craving a crunchy snack and these would be perfect! But they'd be absolutely lovely on salads at this time of year too. Thanks for posting :)

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  14. Your walnuts sound delicious! Hope you're feeling better soon.

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  15. Wow, I can't help drooling. I just love the Cinnamon Candied Walnuts
    Well done!
    If you submitted your Cinnamon Candied Walnuts photos to http://www.foodporn.net , I'll bet they will make you on the home page.
    Gosh, you have made me sooo hungry !

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  16. I can imagine that candied walnuts taste great.. I should try it one day :)

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  17. What a simple recipe that I know would be absolutely delicious! I think this would be perfect to have around for guests in December. Although I would be hard pressed not to eat them all myself once they come out of the oven. The smell of these are irresistible. Yum, yum!

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  18. Awesome recipe! Simple and just the right hint of sweet without being overpowering. Yum!

    http://amyfindsthejoy.blogspot.com/2013/11/ten-pounds-of-walnuts.html

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  19. Delicious recipe thank you for sharing..

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