November 04, 2008

Cinnamon & Sugar Peanuts

2 cups unsalted roasted peanuts
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon light brown sugar
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Preheat the oven to 250. Toss all ingredients together. Make sure the nuts are evenly coated. Arrange in a single layer on one of the baking sheets and bake 40-45 minutes, or until the peanuts look mostly dry, stirring every 10 minutes. Remove from the oven, and pour on to the remaining lined baking sheet to cool thoroughly before eating.

My thoughts:

These quick and simple nuts would make a perfect present to give at the holiday season (I gave some away last year and they we a huge hit) or to serve at a party or on election night. They are ready to eat almost as soon as they come out of the oven and it is always a good idea to have some snacks ready so you don't have to spend valuable time in the kitchen when you could be watching the results or enjoying your guests. They can also be made ahead of time-they keep well for at least 2 weeks in an air tight container.

I think these are the most crowd pleasing of all of my various flavored nut recipes. My favorite are the balsamic glazed almonds and my neighbors loved the sweet & spicy peanuts I gave them last year but these seem to have the broadest appeal-perfect for giving or serving people whose taste you might not be familiar with. Pretty much everyone likes something sweet and the cinnamon gives them a nice kick without being overly spicy. They are also naturally vegan.