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