These seasoned mixed nuts make great hostess gifts; or just tuck some in with a Christmas present. I often add another teaspoon of cardamom, a flavor we enjoy!—Judi Oudekerk, Buffalo, Minnesota
- 1/4 cup butter, cubed
- 1/2 cup plus 3 tablespoons sugar, divided
- 2 teaspoons ground cardamom
- 1 cup salted cashews
- 1 cup salted peanuts
- 1 cup pecan halves
- In a large heavy skillet, melt butter. Add 1/2 cup sugar; cook and stir over high heat until sugar is dissolved. Meanwhile, place cardamom and remaining sugar in a large bowl; set aside.
- Reduce heat to medium; add the cashews, peanuts and pecans to butter mixture. Cook and stir until nuts are toasted, about 3 minutes. Add hot nuts to reserved cardamom mixture; toss to coat. Spread on foil to cool. Yield: 3-1/2 cups.
Originally published as Spiced Nuts in Taste of Home December/January 2009, p29
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