I am not sure why I want to eat nuts during the holidays….and I don't think I am alone in this craving! As a child I can remember we always had a silver nutcracker and nuts in a bowl on the coffee table. 🙂 Nothing is better than spiced nuts…they remind me of Christmas! This is a really quick and easy recipe too. Microwave Spiced Nuts are done in no time and make a great gift.
Microwave Spiced Nuts
Get ready for EASY (which is my specialty, LOL) and delicious! These Microwave Spiced Nuts are BOTH! This is my mom's recipe that is in my family cookbook!
Ingredients Needed for Microwave Spiced Nuts
1 Tbsp butter or margarine
1/4 tsp cinnamon
pinch of garlic powder
1/2 tsp coarse salt
1 1/2 tsp red pepper sauce
pinch of ground cloves
2 cups whole, shelled, pecans, almonds &/or walnuts
1 tsp sugar
Dried cranberries (optional)
How to Make Microwave Spiced Nuts
First put the butter or margarine in a 2 quart 12 x 7 microwave proof dish.
Microwave the butter on high for 30 seconds to 1 minute or until it is melted.
Add the ground cloves, red pepper sauce, garlic powder and cinnamon to the butter and stir.
Microwave this mixture for 1 minute.
Now stir in the nuts (dried cranberries), coating them well.
Put the dish of nuts back in the microwave and cook uncovered on high for 4-5 minutes, stirring halfway through, until heated through.
Lay the nuts out on parchment paper.
Sprinkle with salt and sugar and cool completely.
Store the spiced nuts in a covered container.
Perfect for Gift Giving
These spiced nuts last a long time! They make a perfect gift to take to your local nursing home or to your neighbors. Here are some fun ideas for packaging the nuts that will bring holiday joy!
These Plush Candy Jar Containers are great for families with kids!
Santa Pants Treat Bags will get a laugh out of anyone…easy to put a bag of spiced nuts in these hilarious treat bags!
I love the tall round cookie and candy tins for nuts…they are the best size!
The Grasslands Road Holiday Jars are beautiful and would make a really nice gift for someone you love!
How Much Cooking Are You Doing This Season?
Do you have plans to do a ton of cooking this season? I have some staples I always make like my Crock Pot Peanut Clusters. I am going to be doing some baking and cooking, but am trying to be careful not to get totally off Weight Watchers over the holidays!! Let me know what you will be baking up!! Who will you gift the Microwave Spiced Nuts to this year?
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