One of my favorite parts of the incredible French Bridal Shower my sister gave me were the recipe cards she included in the invitations. Whether or not my family and friends could celebrate with us, they could send me their favorite recipe. I absolutely loved the concept and started salivating immediately with all the recipes I now have in my repertoire – creamy cauliflower to anise cookies to Texas caviar. This recipe for sugared nuts is the one from my mom…
The recipe was actually one from my dear aunt who passed away a few years ago. She used to make sugared nuts during the holidays. In my mom’s search for the recipe, she discovered that it was actually my grandma’s recipe, which makes it all the more special to us. I think that it also means these are a guilt-free treat since there’s so much sentimental meaning behind each bite. Wishful thinking, I know.
I did make one major change to the recipe. I chose a mix of nuts instead of just walnuts (the traditional nut in sugared nuts). The peanuts are delectable in here and, of course, the pecans are delicious. You can use whatever unsalted, raw nuts you like or have on hand. I have to warn you that the variety of nuts makes “seconds” all the more likely.
Speaking of sharing. This recipe for sugared nuts makes quite a bit, so it’s a perfect homemade gift to share with everyone you know this holiday season!
At my bridal shower, everyone brought a recipe to share with me as we started our life as a married couple. My mom brought this sugared nuts recipe that was also from my beloved aunt and grandma. It's a little indulgent and perfect for batch-making around the holidays! Everyone will be asking you for the recipe as well!
- 3 cups sugar
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 4 cups raw, unsalted nuts (all the same or a mix)
- Heat sugar, sour cream, and butter in saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly. Bring to violent boil. Remove from heat. Add vanilla and cinnamon. Mix in thoroughly.
- Add nuts, mixing thoroughly to cover every nut.
- Spread nuts on waxed paper to cool. Let sit at least forty five minutes before breaking apart.