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Cinnamon Sugar Walnuts

Posted Nov 12 2010 3:55am

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Do you make homemade Christmas gifts?

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Last year, my family decided to send more money to Jovenes (the orphanage we support in Honduras) and make as many Christmas gifts that we could.

Nick and I ended up putting together a basket for each “family” that had all kinds of goodies!

We made:

  • cinnamon sugar walnuts
  • sweet and spicy pecans
  • sugared cranberries
  • homemade chocolate covered toffee
  • chocolate dipped pretzels

And I was thinking the other day – I never posted those recipes! I think the time just got away from me during the holiday season, and I haven’t thought about them since. Until now.

Holiday baking is back on my mind.

So I’m finally going to share my cinnamon sugar walnut recipe!

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Cinnamon Sugar Walnuts

The warm, toasted cinnamon sugar coating makes these walnuts irresistible. Make sure to bake until the nuts are just toasted – the heat brings out the flavor of the walnuts and cinnamon, filling your kitchen with an incredible smell.

  • 2 cups walnuts
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  • 1-2 Tbsp neutral oil or melted butter
  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. Line baking dish with foil and spread out walnuts.
  3. Pour oil/melted butter over nuts and add cinnamon, sugar, and salt.
  4. Toss to coat.
  5. Bake for 15-20 minutes, stirring halfway through.
  6. Let cool completely before packaging.

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These would look great in a jar and tied with simple ribbon or tossed into a holiday printed bag.

I’d love to serve these at a holiday party, too – having a sweet roasted nut and a savory one would be a great appetizer or snack to have out for family and visitors.

Plus, homemade = cheaper and healthier, and I’m always up for that.


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