The smell of hot chocolate, the glow of lights dangling from rooftops and tree branches alike, the frantic brain-racking to try to remember how many gifts you need to be, the helpless distraction by cute stocking stuffers that I end up just buying for myself usually.
Ah yes the holidays.
But I think it is safe to say that the holidays are also the most wonderful time for foodies around the world. Food is a holiday centerpiece, and I use that word in a fairly liberal piece. Yes, food can be a literal centerpiece (i.e. a Thanksgiving dinner with the gorgeous glazed turkey towering over the mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce). But, food is also an integral part to so many traditions and memories.
I mean, think about it. “The Christmas Song” begins so truthfully with mention of delightful roasted chestnuts. One of my fondest childhood memories is of ski trips (having grown up in Washington State, land of stunning snow-capped peaks) and the breaks we would have between jumping on lifts. We would sit in the lodges, faces rosy from the cold, and sip on delicious hot chocolate and drink warm bowls of soup as Christmas music echoed from the speakers around the lodge.
And the holiday spices. Never has soul-warming gingerbread flavor been so well-complemented for a time of the year, which spurred me to make these nuts.
I’ve been on a nut-making frenzy. Have you realized that food is a perfect DIY holiday gift? These nuts are the epitome of this. Easy to package in mason jars or gift bags, and bursting at the seam with holiday flavor. They are holiday perfection.
Okay, I know I said I wouldn’t wax poetic about the holidays, so I’ll stop here before my writing turns to mush. Have a recipe, my readers.
Gingerbread Spiced Nuts (Adapted from Aggie’s Kitchen)
- 3 cups nuts (I used 1 cup walnuts, 1 cup pecans, 1 cup roasted cashews)
- 1/2 + 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 + 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/4 teaspoon ground all spice
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
- 3 tablespoons brown sugar
- big pinch coarse salt
- 1 egg white
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Beat egg white until foamy, but before soft peaks form.
- Add oil and salt into egg white and mix it in.
- Add nuts to a egg white mixture and make sure all are coated.
- In a small bowl, combine spices and sugar. Add to nuts and toss well until nuts are completely coated.
- Bake in 250 degree for 45 minutes until fragrant. Toss halfway in between (and also make sure to rotate your pan if your oven is known to be uneven) Let cool before serving.