Do you make homemade Christmas gifts?
Last year, my family decided to send more money to Jovenes (the orphanage we support in Honduras) and make as many Christmas gifts that we could.
Nick and I ended up putting together a basket for each “family” that had all kinds of goodies!
- cinnamon sugar walnuts
- sweet and spicy pecans
- sugared cranberries
- homemade chocolate covered toffee
- chocolate dipped pretzels
And I was thinking the other day – I never posted those recipes! I think the time just got away from me during the holiday season, and I haven’t thought about them since. Until now.
Holiday baking is back on my mind.
So I’m finally going to share my cinnamon sugar walnut recipe!
Cinnamon Sugar Walnuts
The warm, toasted cinnamon sugar coating makes these walnuts irresistible. Make sure to bake until the nuts are just toasted – the heat brings out the flavor of the walnuts and cinnamon, filling your kitchen with an incredible smell.
- 2 cups walnuts
- 2 Tbsp sugar
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- pinch of salt
- 1-2 Tbsp neutral oil or melted butter
- Preheat oven to 375.
- Line baking dish with foil and spread out walnuts.
- Pour oil/melted butter over nuts and add cinnamon, sugar, and salt.
- Toss to coat.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes, stirring halfway through.
- Let cool completely before packaging.
These would look great in a jar and tied with simple ribbon or tossed into a holiday printed bag.
I’d love to serve these at a holiday party, too – having a sweet roasted nut and a savory one would be a great appetizer or snack to have out for family and visitors.
Plus, homemade = cheaper and healthier, and I’m always up for that.