Who knew after all of those years of growing up on a dairy I would in fact grow up and marry a farmer just like my dad and my grandfathers. But Jake is not a dairy farmer -he's a walnut farmer!! And yes, there are always walnuts in the house. Thank goodness for all of those California Walnuts because I am a big fan of these Sugared Walnuts.
My grandmother and my mom have been making Sugared Walnuts at Christmas for as long as I can remember. Now that I am a mom and planning my own Christmas celebrations, I have of course made sure this treasured recipe is part of my collection.
And now I am going to share it with all of you.
1 cup sugar
¼ tsp salt
⅓ tsp cinnamon
6 tbsp milk
2 cups shelled walnuts (halves or pieces)
½ tsp vanilla
In saucepan mix sugar, salt, cinnamon and milk. Cook without stirring over med heat till mixture reaches 240° (soft ball). Remove from heat. Quickly add vanilla and walnuts and stir until nuts are coated and mixture begins to get sticky. Spread nuts into single layer, using a fork to separate, onto wax or parchment paper. Allow nuts to cool. Store in air tight container.
Not sure how long they will stay fresh because they are always eaten to fast to get stale!
I guess I was destined to always have walnuts in my life. Merry Christmas from our family to yours! ~mrs. c