I found this recipe in a Costco monthly magazine. Usually all I find in there are advertisements, so this was a nice change of pace! On a whim I made these, thinking of all kinds of creative uses for them if they turned out like I was hoping.
And boy am I glad I tried them! They are crunchy, sweet, spicy (as in cinnamon spicy - there is no heat to these), and better yet, my mom says that walnuts are healthy, so I have an excuse to eat lots. I’m not sure if mom knew that the particular walnuts that I was thinking of are covered in sugar, but these are meaningless details that we need not dwell on.
Oh the things you can do with these treats. They would make a pretty little Christmas gift if they were packaged in cellophane and wrapped with a ribbon. Or you could serve them at your annual holiday party as a unique snack. Or you could put them in a spinach salad with dried cranberries, goat cheese, and a poppy seed dressing. Or you could just eat them by the handful as I plan on doing.
By the way, if you want to double or triple this batch, just make sure you switch your trays around each time you stir the nuts. Alternatively, cook on convection and lower the temperature to 200.
1 egg white
1 tbsp water
2 cups walnut halves and pieces
1/2 cup sugar
1 tbsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground allspice
Preheat oven to 225. Line a baking sheet with a silpat or with aluminum foil.
Combine the egg white and the water and whisk until foamy. Add the walnuts and stir to coat.
In a bag or covered container, mix together the sugar and spices.
Add the walnuts and shake to combine.
Spread the walnuts out in a single layer on a baking tray. Bake for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes.
Remove from oven, cool, and store in an airtight container. Or just eat them all at once!