Glazed Party Nuts!

By: Arlene Bronstein

From the fanciest dinner soirees to a down-home barbecue, these nuts have been a welcome addition! Cookie Stagman gave me this recipe. They are so easy to make and delicious to eat.  Sometimes I just put them out in a beautiful crystal bowl. Sometimes I add them to a salad. And sometimes I buy those cute decorated cellophane bags, fill them with the Glazed Nuts, tie the bags with ribbons, and give each of my guests a treat when they leave. I attach a note on them that says, "I'm NUTS about you!" It's a "sweet" way to end an night of entertaining at home.

This and so many other great recipes can be found in my cookbook, Beautiful Buffets, II available here

Preheat oven to 325 degrees


  •  2 Egg Whites
  •  1 Cup Sugar
  •  1 Pinch of Salt
  •  2 Pounds of Walnuts or Pecans

Using an electric mixer, beat egg whites into peaks, while slowly adding the sugar and salt. Take off the machine and carefully fold in the nuts. Stir until all nuts are covered on all sides.

Spray a cookie sheet with sides, with non-stick cooking spray. Spread sugar-glazed nuts in a single layer. You may need more than one pan.

Bake in a preheated 325 degree oven for 20 minutes. Turn nuts and bake for an additional 20 minutes or until dry. Watch your oven to prevent nuts from burning or turning brown.

Cool completely and place in an airtight container. They will keep fresh for 2 weeks.

PS: If you want a cinnamon-flavored nut, just add a 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon to the egg and sugar mixture.

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In 1989, Arlene Bronstein wrote her first cookbook BEAUTIFUL BUFFETS, featuring many of the celebrated American Fashion designers. Her next cookbook, CARLOS: Contemporary French Cuisine was written for Carlos Restaurant, one of Zagut’s top Chicago restaurants, featured in Food and Wine Magazine and many other fine culinary publications. Arlene’s book, My Word Is My Bond, is a history of the Chicago Board of Trade told through 21 interviews of traders ages 40 -90. From that book, she took on the role of Executive Producer for the PBS documentary, “My Word is My Bond”, using clips from her book interviews to tell the story.  In 2013, Arlene wrote her first children’s book, How Did Nonnie Get to Heaven? The Chicago Tribune said, Nonnieconveys through exquisite imagery and the pure expression of children, that death and loss are natural parts of life.”  In the fall of 2014, BEAUTIFUL BUFFETS, II was published with 40 new recipes.