Nice & Tasty Holiday Treats

Baby, it’s cold outside, so I’ve got a couple of treats for you that are just perfect for the upcoming holiday weekends.

These Winter Spiced Nuts are a tasty snack for your holiday table.

3 cups water
3 1/2 cups of sugar
6 cups of mix nuts (cashews, pistachios, walnuts, almonds)
1/2 lb Bacon
1/2 cup Brown sugar
1 Tablespoon Cinnamon
2 Teaspoons Ground Clove
1 Teaspoon Ground Ginger
1.5 Teaspoon Pumpkin Pie Spice
1 Tablespoon Cocoa Powder
1 Teaspoon Ancho Chile Powder
Kosher Salt

In medium sauce pan, bring water and granulated sugar to a boil. Add spices and add mixed nuts.  Allow to boil for 7-10 minutes. Remove nuts and as much liquid as possible and transfer to a cookie sheet covered with lightly greased parchment paper. Bake nuts at 400 degrees for 10-12 minutes or until browned.  Let set for 1 minute and liberally sprinkle with Kosher Salt.  Then, transfer nuts to a mixing bowl to cool.
On a separate cookie sheet lay bacon flat and cover with brown sugar. Bake at 350 degrees until crispy. Remove from cookie sheet and move to a separate plate to cool. When bacon has cooled, cut into small bite size pieces.
Mix nuts and bacon together. Enjoy!

Yes, you read that right – there is bacon in this recipe. Everything tastes better with bacon so just go with it!

Next up is my husband’s fancy homemade Baileys.  One of our favorite restaurants makes their own Baileys so my husband thought he’d try his hand at making his own using this recipe. I call it an “extra-special milkshake”

Egg Nog ain’t got nothing on this.

Cute bottles from Crate & Barrel, a few simple trimmings like baker’s twine, one of our Nice & Knit handmade tags and a sticker make this a great hostess gift so if you’re heading to a party bring some of these along.

Don’t forget to enter our giveaway!

3 Comments on “Nice & Tasty Holiday Treats

  1. I think I am going to have to try both of them :) I have a friend that makes homemade Kahlua it is excellent too!!

  2. I can attest to the fact that the spiced nuts are delicious…I was fortunate enough to receive a jar when we came to your home for potluck. Thanks for the recipe!

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