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Honey Roasted Peanuts–NYC Street Style

December 5, 2012

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My favorite time in New York City are the days between Thanksgiving and New Year’s.  I just love all the holiday decorations, the store window displays and the Christmas trees and greenery on every street corner. Plus, NYC is the best for gift shopping.  When trekking all over the city looking for that perfect holiday gift, you should treat yourself to some warm candied nuts from the street vendors. They are so good and can really hit the spot on a chilly day. When I saw this copycat recipe, I knew I had to try to make them. These turned out great (just ask my friends that gobbled them up) and are a quick and easy treat to have out during the holidays for your visiting friends and family.

Ingredients:

2 cups unsalted raw peanuts

¾ cup sugar

2 tbsp honey

2 tsp vanilla

salt

Preheat the oven to 400°. Line a baking sheet with tin foil and lots of cooking spray. In a saucepan, combine the sugar, honey, vanilla and 3 tbsp water. Cook over medium heat, stirring until the sugar dissolves. Add the peanuts and cook until it comes to a simmer. Stir constantly until the sugar mixture completely coats the peanuts (about 5 minutes). Pour nuts onto the prepared baking sheet and spread out in a single layer.

Bake for about 4-6 minutes (watch these carefully, they brown up fast) and stir. Cook for another 3-5 minutes or until the nuts are golden brown and glazed. Remove the baking sheet from the oven and give the nuts another stir. Let cool, then break apart before eating. These will stay fresh for about a week (I promise you will eat them quicker than that) in an airtight container.

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