Friday, December 14, 2012

Cinnamon Sugared Walnuts

1 Pound walnuts, halves 
1 1/2 Cup sugar, white 
1 Cup milk, 2% 
2 Teaspoons cinnamon, ground 
1/2 Teaspoon salt, table 
1 Teaspoon extract, vanilla 

In a saucepan combine the sugar, milk, cinnamon, and salt. Whisk over medium high heat until all of the ingredients are combined completely, then stop stirring and bring to a boil. Boil the mixture gently until it reaches 235-245 degrees (soft ball stage) on a candy thermometer, about 15 minutes. I actually reached 240 for mine. 

Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla. Add walnuts working as quickly as possible to coat them all. 

Spread the walnuts on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Break apart any big chunks and allow to cool completely.