Baking treats for friends and family is my favorite type of gift to give during the holidays.  You’re able to share delicious treats with a lot more people than if you were to buy individual gifts and that couldn’t make me happier!

This year, my friend Taryn and I decided we would bake various treats for all the wonderful people we work with that help us on a daily basis.  After brainstorming countless treat ideas, we decided to start with candied nuts!

The recipe we used (find it below) was only for walnuts, but we decided to add pecans and almonds to mix things up and a bit of cinnamon and both were a good decision!

The recipe also was only for 1 cup, but we made 9…  We realized after that 1 cup was probably a good idea since it was not the easiest thing to stir!

Nonstick vegetable oil spray
1 cup walnuts (about 3 1/2 ounces)
2 tablespoons light corn syrup
1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
Generous pinch of cayenne pepper

Preheat oven to 325°F. Spray baking sheet with nonstick spray. Combine walnuts and all remaining ingredients in medium bowl; toss to coat. Spread nut mixture on prepared baking sheet (some nuts may clump together). Bake until nuts are deep golden and sugar mixture is bubbling, stirring occasionally to break up clumps, about 15 minutes. Cool completely on baking sheet. (Can be made 3 days ahead. Store in airtight container.)

Aside from the difficulty stirring, this was a really great and easy recipe to make!  Enjoy these tasty treats!!