Stan Frankenthaler’s Mother’s Sugar and Spice Walnuts

Stan’s mother was crazy for football. Although she was serious about the professional games on Sunday, she was not a true couch potato; in fact, she spent as much time cooking and greeting guests as watching the game. In addition to these sweet and savory nuts, she made little snacks throughout the day, including deviled eggs and quiche.

Stan Frankenthaler’s Mother's Sugar and Spice Walnuts
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Serves: 2 cups
  • 1 large egg white (2 tablespoons)
  • 2 cups walnut halves (or pecans, or a combination)
  • 6 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Place the egg white in a stainless steel bowl and whip until it forms soft peaks.
  3. Add the walnuts and toss until coated.
  4. Add the sugar, salt and spices and toss to coat.
  5. Transfer the nuts to the prepared sheet and arrange in a single layer.
  6. Place in the oven and bake, stirring every 10 minutes, until browned, about 30- 40 minutes.
  7. Set aside to cool.