Wednesday, March 19, 2008

A nutty treat

Everyone needs a little treat every now and then. I made these nutty jumbles (a Williams Sonoma recipe!!) for a super bowl party this year and they were a hit! Pretty healthy (little high on the sugar side), but not terrible. The recipe was designed for kids so excuse all of the specific instructions :):

Nutty Jumbles:


1 tablespoon soft butter for greasing baking

2 egg whites

1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Pinch of salt

1 cup sliced almonds

1 cup chopped pecans

1 cup chopped walnuts


Preheat an oven to 350°F. Line 2 baking sheets with aluminum foil and lightly grease with the soft butter.

In a bowl, combine the egg whites, brown sugar, vanilla and salt. Stir with a fork, mashing any lumps of sugar, until the mixture is frothy and smooth. Add the almonds, pecans and walnuts. Mix with the fork until all the nuts are well coated, scraping down the sides of the bowl with a spatula.

Drop heaping tablespoonfuls of the nut mixture onto the prepared baking sheets, spacing them about 2 inches apart. As you work, scrape down the sides of the bowl and stir the mixture occasionally. Flatten the mounds slightly.

Place 1 baking sheet in the oven and bake until the nuts are well browned, 14 to 16 minutes. Using oven mitts, remove the baking sheet from the oven and set it on a wire rack to cool completely. Bake the second sheet of jumbles.

Using your fingers, carefully peel the cooled jumbles from the foil. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week. Makes 24 cookies.

Adapted from Williams-Sonoma The Kid's Cookbook, by Abigail Johnson Dodge (Time-Life Books, 2000).

(Recipe from Williams Sonoma-

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