Sugar-Crusted, Spiced Macadamia Nuts

sugar crusted spiced macadamia nutsThings have been busy around these parts, but then who isn’t busy at this time of the year? There’s decorations to hang, presents to wrap, Christmas parties to attend, pantries to fill for the all important food day, and then regular life must still continue on top of all of that.

sugar coated macadamiasOn top of the usual craziness, we’re building a house and looking after/caring for/occupying a 9 month old baby.  The last two weeks have seen us paint the whole inside of our house (almost twice), build our kitchen (something that is usually left to cabinet makers) and lay half a house of bamboo floating flooring.

egg white sugar crusted macadamiasBut I’m never too busy to combine two of my great loves, food and snail mail.  So when Claire from Claire K Creations put the call out for a second year of Foodie Secret Santa, I jumped at the chance.  These spiced sugar crusted nuts are perfect for posting and a great gift for your Christmas host.

How are you going at this busy time of the year?

Sugar-Crusted, Spiced Macadamia Nuts
Author: Clare Reilly
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  • 2 egg whites
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 1/3 cup caster sugar
  • 1 cup raw sugar
  • 1 tbspn ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground allspice
  • 1 tsp ground nutmeg
  1. Preheat oven to 160*C, line a large tray with baking paper.
  2. Beat egg whites until frothy with large air bubbles. Add caster sugar 1 tablespoon at a time until all combined and soft peaks form.
  3. Stir in gently, spices and raw sugar, then mix through macadamia nuts until well coated.
  4. Spread mix on prepared pan. Bake for 30 minutes (or until crisp), stirring every 10 minutes to break up.
  5. Allow to cool completely on tray before breaking up and putting into air tight container.

spiced sugar coated macadamias

11 thoughts on “Sugar-Crusted, Spiced Macadamia Nuts

  1. Hey Clare, these were utterly scrumptious, thanks so much for sending them. We ate all the macs in a single sitting and I have been sprinkling the leftover bits of spicy sugar on my yoghurt in the mornings. I hope you have a lovely Christmas and new year.xx

  2. I listened to Leigh Sales and Annabel Crabb talk about making spiced nuts yesterday via their podcast. Leigh says she used a DOZEN egg whites to coat all the nuts. Annabel cracked up and said, ‘Leigh, you’re supposed to whisk the egg whites. I only used two egg whites to do all the nuts I made.’ Then I cracked up.

    These nuts look amazing and I want some now. 🙂

  3. Life is certainly very busy for you right now with your baby and building your home. It must be so satisfying and exciting to see your home coming together. I love the sound of your spiced nuts – I don’t know why but I do seem to eat a lot of nuts at Christmastime xx

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