I wanted to use up my almond meal, a bag of walnuts i found, and also give some sweets to my sister to take out of state with her as she returns to graduate school. SO they both got used and i made candied walnuts and cayenne scented almond macaroons.
Candied Spiced Walnuts:
First tasted the walnuts to see if they were edible lol and then searched online for something to do with them. Even though i’v made candied nuts before without a recipe, i wanted to see what other people were making so i browsed and noticed that many people wrote about “maple candied” walnuts and pecans. I have some table syrup which i bought because the label mentioned “no high fructose corn syrup” and i didn’t read the part about how it’s not 100% maple syrup SO i decided to use that on these walnuts. i preheated the oven to 350 degree fahrenheit, then poured between 1/8 to 1/4 a cup of syrup into a mixing bowl, then added 1 tsp of garam masala, 1/2 tbs of cinnamon powder, 1 tsp of ground cloves, 1 tsp ground nutmeg, and 1/4 tsp of ground ginger. After mixing this up (by shaking the bowl because i didn’t want to stick anything in there) i poured in the walnuts (it looked like 2 cups in volume), shook them around and put them in a ceramic dish that i had smeared butter on and popped it in the oven.
While the nuts were baking i prepared my cayenne scented macaroons.
Cayenne Scented Almond Macaroons
- beat 2 egg whites till they form stiff peaks
- add in 1 tsp of almond extract, 1/2 tsp of cayenne pepper (the macaroons were not spicy At All, i think you need at least 1 tsp to make them spicy)
- add in 2 cups of almond meal and 3/4 cup of sugar
- mix till they form a nice clump
- lay globs of them on a baking sheet, roughly 2 tbs per cookie glob and put them in the over for 15-20 minutes
The candied walnuts were in the oven for roughly 15 minutes and the cayenne scented almond macaroons were in there for around 17.
- Since i had reduced the recommended sugar content on these cookies, they weren’t too sweet!
- My family members LOVED both of these
- I Loved both of these
I totally recommend making either one of these sweets as they are easy and delicious!