Other nuts such as almonds, pecan halves and cashews can also be used. Spiced, glazed nuts can be made by adding various spices to the recipe. I personally like Chinese 5-spice or curry. They both add an interesting flavor. Of, course the more common spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg can be added, too. I usually add 1/2 t. of a spice to start.
I also like to make these and keep them on hand to add to salads. When I do that, I omit the vanilla. I like these best if the nuts have been lightly toasted before making these.
Easy Glazed Walnut Halves
2 T. butter
1/2 c. sugar
2 c. walnut halves or other nuts, lightly toasted if possible
1 t. vanilla
Melt butter and sugar together in a large skillet over medium heat watching carefully and stirring frequently. When mixture is just about melted, (this take about 10 minutes.) Add nuts, cooking and stirring until nuts are completely coated with sugar mixture. Remove from heat and add vanilla and spices, if using. Turn into a non-stick sprayed baking sheet. Using two forks and working quickly separate nuts into individual pieces and let cool. Store in tightly covered zip-top bag. Makes 2 cups.
Use as a snack, in snack mixes and to add crunch and sweetness to salads.
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