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I got this recipe from a student's process speech more than 30 years ago, and I've never found one I like better. A great Christmas gift, especially if you have a low-cost source for the nuts.
- Spread the walnuts out on a large cookie sheet; bake at 275° for about 15 minutes, stirring frequently.
- Remove from oven and set aside.
- Combine the sugar, water, cinnamon and salt in a 3 quart saucepan and cook to 236°, soft-ball stage, WITHOUT STIRRING. Note: Use a candy thermometer for exact temperature if at all possible. You get much better results.
- Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla and the nuts.
- Stir gently until the nuts are well coated and mixture has begun to cool down.
- Turn out onto a greased cookie sheet, separating any pieces that have clumped together.
- Cool completely.
Downloaded this a couple years ago but just got around to making it. Very easy and straitforward with good results. I used Pecan halves. One bit of advise; work quickly to separate the nuts for a more polished appearance. Once the coating starts to cool, the separated pieces will glaze but pieces separated after the coating has cooled too much will have a rough appearance. They all taste wonderful though!!
I could not find my candy thermometer, so I guessed at the length of time to cook the water, sugar, salt, and cinnamon (I cooked it for about 12 minutes while the walnuts were baking.) This is a foolproof recipe - it still turned out great and was delicious as well. I made these to add a little crunch to salads.
My daughter and I made this for a Holiday Treat! My whole family LOVED IT! It's very rich-like a candy coating. I used a little more cinnamon & vanilla (2-2 1/2 tsp.) than the recipe called for. I also used about 4 cups of nuts and it still coated nicely! My family loves any kind of nuts and they certainly loved this! We'll make this one again! Enjoy!