Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Candied Pecans and Almonds

My mom and brother devour these by the handfuls, consuming them all before they've had any chance to cool. They take a little effort to make but boy are they worth it!

3 or 4 cups Pecans and/or Almonds
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup water
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup raisins

Preheat oven to 400. Line cookie sheet with wax paper and spread pecans and almonds evenly on sheet. Cook 10 minutes.
While nuts cook, heat sugar, water, cinnamon, and vanilla on medium until sugar grains dissolve. Set aside until nuts are cooked. Add in nuts and raisins, cooking on low-medium heat stirring often for 7 or 8 minutes until nuts and sugar mixture stick well together. Put mix on cookie sheet and separate nuts from each other with fork (this is the time consuming part) until cooled. Stick in fridge to add crunch or eat directly! Must not be refrigerated. These make a perfect snack too...but in moderation if that's possible!

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