These crunchy, sweet and bacon-y snacks are tasty any time of year, but the scent of cinnamon and brown sugar during the holidays – your kitchen will sing. Use any type of nut, or better yet a mix of nuts and seeds, to make spicy little numbers.
Bacon-Spiced Holiday Nuts
- 1 lb nuts (one type, mixed nuts, pumpkin seeds, whatever you fancy)
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 egg white beaten until foamy
- 1 T water
- 4 T bacon grease melted
- Preheat oven to 300F
- Combine brown sugar, salt, cayenne, and cinnamon in a large bowl. Set aside.
- In a medium bowl, combine the foamy egg white and water and toss the nuts in this mixture to coat.
- Next, dump the egg-coated nuts into the sugar and spice mixture. Toss to coat thoroughly and as evenly as possible.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment and spread the coated nuts evenly across the pan.
- Bake at 300F until the nuts are crispy and toasted, about 30-35 minutes.
- As soon as they come out of the oven, pour the melted bacon grease over the top, taking care to pour in a thin stream and coat the nuts lightly but evenly on their tops.
- Allow nuts to cool completely, then break them apart and allow them to dry completely. Enjoy immediately, pack into gift jars, or save for up to 3 weeks for a fine party snack.
Recipe adapted from Meredith Leigh