HOMEMADE CANDIED NUTS RECIPE
My candied nuts recipe produces nuts that are so delicious and addicting. You will want to double the recipe to have enough for guests.
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1/3 cup white sugar
3 TBS cold water
1-1/2 cup nuts - whole, halved or sliced
You may use skinned salted or unsalted peanuts, blanched almonds, walnuts, pecans, macadamias or pistachios.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, or better yet, a silicone mat.
Put the sugar and water in a heavy bottomed saucepan and cook over medium-high, stirring with a wooden spoon, until the sugar dissolves.
Keeping the heat fairly high, cook the sugar, without stirring, until it just starts to color. Toss in the nuts and immediately start stirring. Keep stirring, coating the nuts with syrup. Within a few minutes, the nuts will be covered with sugar and will turn white - keep stirring until the sugar turn into caramel.
When the peanuts are coated with a nice, deep amber caramel, remove the pan from the heat and turn the nuts out onto the baking sheet. Use a wood spoon to spread the nuts out as best you can. Cool to room temperature.
When they are cool enough to handle, separate them and break them into small pieces or pulverize them in a food processor.