Another hit from Cathy at Wives with Knives! She seems to be on my wavelength this year. I was looking for a mixture that would be great to munch on in the evenings and to give as gifts. She raved about this mixture and I must concur....in fact, my neighbor has called me three times to tell me how wonderful it is and to say thank you. It is definitely a hit!
The snack is one that David Lebovitz created. It is the best holiday mix ever!
Spiced Nuts and Pretzel Mix
- 2 cups mixed raw nuts (I used almonds, cashews and pecans)
- 1 tablespoon butter, melted
- 3 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 3/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper or chili powder
- 1 1/2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon flaky sea salt such as fleur de sel
- 2 cups mini pretzel twists
In a medium bowl mix together the melted butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, pepper and maple syrup.
Add warm nuts and stir until the nuts are completely coated. Then stir in the salt.
Mix in the pretzels, then spread the mixture back on the baking sheet and return to the oven for 12-18 minutes, stirring several times during cooking to make sure the brown sugar isn't clumping. The exact baking time will vary, but the nuts are done when they are nice and toasty, and the mixture is nicely glazed.
Remove from the oven and cool completely, separating the nuts and pretzels as they cool. Store in an airtight container.
I love the salty, sweet, spicy flavor of this mix. It is one of the best snacks around!