To give the nuts their glistening coating, we use powdered sugar rather than granulated. If you're using a combination of nuts, it's easier to mix them with the sugar syrup one type at a time; they'll be coated more evenly.
This recipe goes with: Deconstructed Pie
1 cup powdered sugar
3/4 teaspoon fine sea salt or table salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups nuts (whole almonds, red walnuts,* and/or regular walnut halves, and whole hazelnuts)
How to Make It
Preheat oven to 300°. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
In a small bowl, whisk powdered sugar, salt, and vanilla with 2 to 2 1/2 tbsp. water to make a thin syrup. Working with one kind of nut at a time, pour in nuts and stir thoroughly to coat every nook and cranny.
With a slotted spoon, lift nuts from syrup, letting excess fall back into bowl. Spread nuts on baking sheets so they are not touching. Repeat with each type of nut. Bake 12 minutes. Cool until crunchy, then flake off excess sugar.
*Find these beautiful walnuts in the fall and winter at farmers' markets and specialty grocery stores, or online from Haag Farm in Yolo County, California (walnuts.us).
Make ahead: Up to 1 month, airtight at room temperature.
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