Swedish Nuts – Homemade Food Gift

Swedish Nuts Make a Tasty, Homemade Food Gift for the Holidays

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If you’re looking for an inexpensive gift to give your neighbors or office colleagues, here is a treat that is (a) homemade, (b) delicious and (c) inexpensive to make.

I’m talking about Swedish Nuts – pecans in this case – but any nuts will do.

For around $10 in cost, you can create a whopping mound of glazed nuts for your potlucks and get-togethers… or for around $20, the same recipe will make 3 or 4 small cookie tins of yummy sugar-coated pecans (walnuts, almonds, mixed nuts) with the very easy-to-follow recipe that you’ll see below.

I am not much of a cook, but I had these nuts for the first time a couple of Christmases ago and was hooked – very hooked.

These Swedish Pecans are so tasty that you’ll have to make a batch for gifts and another batch for the house.

 

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Two Christmases ago, our housemate made Swedish Nuts for the first time… and probably every weekend from Halloween to Christmas. We really love these nuts.

Our former housemate has her own place now, but I decided to try my hand at making Swedish Nuts this past Christmas, figuring they would be a nice, inexpensive gift for the neighbors and my lawn guy. My budget was a little tighter this year and I wanted to see how many tries it would take me to get this recipe down pat.

Well, the recipe I’m about to share with you is one of those “what you see is what you get” recipes. I followed it precisely… and it came out precisely right. I was, quite frankly, amazed – and tremendously pleased.

My locally-purchased 1 pound bag of pecan halves cost me $11.99 and I already had a box of sandwich bags in the drawer and holiday bows left from last Christmas. Two egg whites, sugar and a stick of butter might have added another two dollars to the total. Let’s say $15 for 5 gifts – that’s… $3.00 each for a tasty, homemade treat… perfect without overdoing it for the gang at the office.

To upgrade your gift a little, you can purchase cute holiday food containers pretty reasonably (see below for ideas), and you’d still be under $10.00 for a gift people would actually enjoy and consume.

 

Fresh pecans

Fresh pecans

 

Start with Fresh, Good Quality Nuts
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If you use roasted nuts, you can omit the first step in the recipe. I personally love using pecans for this recipe, but I've had almonds, too, and they make a very tasty Swedish Nuts treat. Try adding 1/2 tsp vanilla extract and/or 3/4 tsp cinnamon. I used organic Florida Crystals sugar, which is not quite white (as you can see in the photo of the ingredients). Your end product will look a little different than mine if you use refined white sugar. My recipe calls for beating the egg whites to a soft peak. Other recipes call for a stiff peak, either before or after adding the sugar.
Servings Prep Time
12 servings 10 min.
Cook Time
30 min.
Servings Prep Time
12 servings 10 min.
Cook Time
30 min.
Start with Fresh, Good Quality Nuts
Print Recipe
If you use roasted nuts, you can omit the first step in the recipe. I personally love using pecans for this recipe, but I've had almonds, too, and they make a very tasty Swedish Nuts treat. Try adding 1/2 tsp vanilla extract and/or 3/4 tsp cinnamon. I used organic Florida Crystals sugar, which is not quite white (as you can see in the photo of the ingredients). Your end product will look a little different than mine if you use refined white sugar. My recipe calls for beating the egg whites to a soft peak. Other recipes call for a stiff peak, either before or after adding the sugar.
Servings Prep Time
12 servings 10 min.
Cook Time
30 min.
Servings Prep Time
12 servings 10 min.
Cook Time
30 min.
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Place nuts on a 10 x 15 (or larger) cookie sheet or jellyroll pan. Bake for 10 minutes.
  3. While the nuts toast, beat egg whites in a medium bowl until soft peaks form (see picture 1 below).
  4. Gradually beat in the sugar and salt.
  5. Remove nuts from oven after 10 minutes and cool a little on a different plate (I used my other cookie sheet for this).
  6. Slice the butter onto your baking pan and melt in the preheated oven.
  7. Fold the toasted nuts into the egg white mixture, coating the nuts evenly (see picture 2 below).
  8. Arrange the coated nuts in a single layer on the hot buttered pan
  9. Bake for 30 minutes in the 325 degree oven. Turn the nuts with a spatula every 8-10 minutes, making sure they all get into the melted butter
  10. At 30 minutes, your nuts should be a nice golden color and crispy on the outside. Don't worry if they seem soft when you test a hot one. They firm up while cooling.
  11. Place on aluminum foil to cool (I used two cooling racks with foil on top).
  12. Test a few (try and stop me). When cooled, store in airtight containers.
Recipe Notes

Holiday Gift Container Idea

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