It all started twenty years ago when life threw my dearest girlfriend and me a few disappointments. We decided to make our own happiness and create a Christmas tradition. Every December we spent a weekend baking, listening to Christmas music, drinking champagne and wrapping cookies. Though we no longer do this together ( and certainly couldn’t drink the amount of champagne we consumed in our younger days) I cherish the wonderful memories.
Candied Walnuts: we usually made these at the end of the day because we were “loopy” and they are so easy. Take a 12 oz bag of whole walnuts. Place them in a colander to shake off the “dust”. In a very large bowl, beat 1 egg white and 1 tbsp of water until frothy. Dump in the walnuts and toss to coat. Whisk together 1/4 cup of sugar, 2 tbps cinnamon and a pinch of salt. Dump on top of the walnuts and toss to coat. Turn the walnuts onto a rimmed baking sheet and bake for 1 hour at 250 degrees, turning the walnuts over every 15 minutes.
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…and a Diva dishes. I think there is nothing nicer than making something and giving to someone. It’s a labor of love really. The reason I don’t make cookies anymore is if there are leftovers, I can’t resist my own home made cookies (or anyone elses for that matter!) A store bought cookie will sit in my house for a month, until it’s stale. By the way candied walnuts go great in salads.
Cookies wrapped and ready to give.