Nutty Sticky Bun Candies Recipe

Nutty Sticky Bun Candies Recipe
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Nutty Sticky Bun Candies Recipe

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Save room on your holiday treat trays for these sweet and salty spirals. Oh, and hide some for yourself, too. They'll be in high demand! —Josh Carter, Birmingham, Alabama
Recommended: Maple Recipes
MAKES:
72 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep: 20 min. Cook: 15 min. + cooling
MAKES:
72 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep: 20 min. Cook: 15 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons plus 1/2 cup softened butter, divided
  • 3-3/4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 cup nonfat dry milk powder
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • FILLING:
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2-1/4 cups deluxe mixed nuts, divided
  • 1 tablespoon light corn syrup

Directions

Butter an 8-in. square pan with 2 teaspoons butter; set aside.
Combine confectioners' sugar and milk powder. In a large heavy saucepan, combine 1/2 cup granulated sugar, 1/2 cup corn syrup and remaining butter; cook and stir until sugar is dissolved and mixture comes to a boil. Stir in confectioners' sugar mixture, about a third at a time, until blended.
Remove from heat; stir in vanilla. Continue stirring until mixture mounds slightly when dropped from a spoon and a thermometer reads 150°. Spread into prepared pan. Cool for 15 minutes.
For filling, combine 1/4 cup granulated sugar and cinnamon. Place 3/4 cup nuts in a food processor; cover and pulse until ground.
Cut cooled candy into quarters. Roll each into a 9x5-in. rectangle. Sprinkle each rectangle with one-fourth sugar mixture and ground nuts to within 1/2 in. of edges. Roll up tightly jelly-roll style, starting with a long side.
Chop remaining nuts. Brush each roll with corn syrup; roll in nuts. Using a serrated knife, cut into 1/2-in. slices. Store at room temperature in an airtight container. Yield: 2-1/4 pounds.

Test Kitchen tip
  • It's important to stir the mixture while it cools so it sets up properly. When it reaches 150°, you're done and ready to let it cool on its own.
  • Originally published as Nutty Sticky Bun Candies in Taste of Home December 2017

    Nutritional Facts

    1 piece: 71 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated fat), 4mg cholesterol, 28mg sodium, 11g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.

    • 2 teaspoons plus 1/2 cup softened butter, divided
    • 3-3/4 cups confectioners' sugar
    • 1/2 cup nonfat dry milk powder
    • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
    • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • FILLING:
    • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
    • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 2-1/4 cups deluxe mixed nuts, divided
    • 1 tablespoon light corn syrup
    1. Butter an 8-in. square pan with 2 teaspoons butter; set aside.
    2. Combine confectioners' sugar and milk powder. In a large heavy saucepan, combine 1/2 cup granulated sugar, 1/2 cup corn syrup and remaining butter; cook and stir until sugar is dissolved and mixture comes to a boil. Stir in confectioners' sugar mixture, about a third at a time, until blended.
    3. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla. Continue stirring until mixture mounds slightly when dropped from a spoon and a thermometer reads 150°. Spread into prepared pan. Cool for 15 minutes.
    4. For filling, combine 1/4 cup granulated sugar and cinnamon. Place 3/4 cup nuts in a food processor; cover and pulse until ground.
    5. Cut cooled candy into quarters. Roll each into a 9x5-in. rectangle. Sprinkle each rectangle with one-fourth sugar mixture and ground nuts to within 1/2 in. of edges. Roll up tightly jelly-roll style, starting with a long side.
    6. Chop remaining nuts. Brush each roll with corn syrup; roll in nuts. Using a serrated knife, cut into 1/2-in. slices. Store at room temperature in an airtight container. Yield: 2-1/4 pounds.

    Test Kitchen tip
  • It's important to stir the mixture while it cools so it sets up properly. When it reaches 150°, you're done and ready to let it cool on its own.
  • Originally published as Nutty Sticky Bun Candies in Taste of Home December 2017

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