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Ellen’s Nuts

1 Apr


These nuts are as addictive as M&M’s so between the two, Easter was an all day graze fest. I was given this recipe years ago by a friend who gives credit to someone I don’t know so to me, they’re just Ellen’s Nuts. They’re great to nibble on when having people over or to have in a jar to chop on salad or ice cream. Most of the time I double the recipe. They won’t last long.

Crunchy and delicious


  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne, or less if you don’t like spicy
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • Pinch nutmeg
  • 1 cup pecan halves


  1. Place parchment paper on baking sheet (or use butter or canola oil spray)
  2. Melt butter in medium skillet over medium heat
  3. Add water, brown sugar, salt and spices
  4. Stir until sugar dissolves, about a minute
  5. Add nuts to sugar mixture and cook until coated
  6. Stir about 3 minutes more to fully coat
  7. Transfer to baking sheet
  8. Bake at 350º for 10 minutes until golden and crisp
  9. Set aside to cool
Delicious Cocktail Nuts

Nuts will continue to crisp outside the oven so be careful not to overcook