Easy and edible homemade holiday gift idea: Ball jars are the perfect way to package homemade treats. They are pretty and practical. The tight seal means the nuts will stay fresh. A festive ribbon and tag cut from craft paper adds a simple and pretty finish.
homemade holiday treat: ginger spiced nuts
We have an easy, edible homemade holiday gift idea that everyone will love. These yummy spiced nuts are the perfect gift to give this holiday.
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Add your own finishing touches to the ball jars using small floral bundles, berries or pinecones. The package will wow as much as the treats themselves. Use twine to attach small gift cards. I used a “punch” to make these tags out of patterned craft paper.
Easy Edible Homemade Holiday Gift Idea: Background
It’s Julie’s and my favorite nut recipe of all time. We’ve been making this same recipe and giving it away to friends at Christmas time since we were in our early 20’s. It even made its way into my special recipe book that was given to me by my grandparents in 1982. This book was reserved for recipes that were “keepers” only. At that time, it was called “Spicy Nuts,” but over the years we came upon many spicy nut recipes and decided to change the name to “Ginger Spiced Nuts” because it’s the ginger that really defines these yummy nuts. Now to get into the recipe for this easy edible homemade holiday gift idea.
Easy Edible Homemade Gift Idea: Holiday Ginger Spiced Nuts
Preheat your oven to 300 degrees.
- Lightly beat one egg white with 1/4 tsp salt until foamy.
- Add 1 lb. unsalted nuts. We like almonds & pecans. See note below about measuring nuts.
- Toss until coated.
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 4 tsp. ground ginger
- 1 tsp. cayenne pepper
Toss evenly to distribute.
Spread nuts on lightly greased baking sheet and roast, stirring every 15 min for one hour or until lightly browned and crisp. (45 minutes may be enough depending on your oven)
Let cool. Store in tightly sealed tin.
Note: 3 cups almonds = 1 lb. 4 c. pecans = 1 lb.
Giving a homemade gift holds special meaning, especially in our pre-packaged, gift-card-giving world. It is the time spent, the love given, and the heart-felt effort that make a homemade gift more special than ever.
Easy Edible Homemade Holiday Gift Idea
Every year our friends ask us if we’re going to make our “Spicy Nuts” again. We’ve been passing out the recipe and making these over and over again at the request of friends and family. We hope you will enjoy this easy edible homemade holiday gift idea as much as we enjoy making them, eating them, and giving them away in the spirit of the season.
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These yummy Ginger Spiced Nuts are the perfect homemade gift idea to show your friends how much you care.
For more holiday gift ideas, read Good Housekeeping’s “60 DIY Christmas Gifts to Add Heart to Your Holiday.”