Sunday, December 27, 2009

Minted Walnuts

Want a lovely gift for someone for Christmas or anytime of the year? Try this recipe on page 186 from Tastes & Treasures and package it in a cellophane wrapped dish tied with a pretty bow. My daughter, Candice, helped make this for her holiday party (a White Elephant party - it was lots of fun). Make sure and tell the guests it is a sweet snack and not wasabi.

2 cups sugar
3/4 cup evaporated milk (we used fat free)
1 tablespoon butter
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon peppermint extract
Green food coloring
4 cups walnut halves

Directions: Mix the sugar, milk, butter and salt in the top of a double boiler and place over direct heat. Cook for 2 minutes or until the sugar dissolves, stirring frequently. Reduce the heat and place over simmering water.
Cook for 7 minutes or to 234 to 240 degrees on a candy thermometer, soft-ball stage. Stir in the flavoring and food coloring. Add the walnuts and stir until coated. Spread the walnuts in a single layer on a sheet of foil and let stand until cool. Store in an airtight containter.

Note: Make a day ahead to let dry. Use two cookie sheets with foil. The best part is licking the bowl.