Ah! The smell of kettle cooked nuts at the mall or sports event. Now, you can make your own and create that smell in your own kitchen! Watch closely and don't let them burn.
|1 pound||walnut halves|
|1 cup||white sugar|
|2 teaspoons||ground cinnamon|
|1 teaspoon||vanilla extract|
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Spread nuts in a single layer over a baking sheet. Roast for approximately 8 to 10 minutes, or until the nuts start to turn brown and the smell of roasting nuts fills the kitchen.
Stir together sugar, cinnamon, salt, and milk in a medium saucepan. Cook over medium-high heat for 8 minutes, or until the mixture reaches the soft ball stage of 236 degrees F (113 degrees C). Remove from heat, and stir in vanilla immediately. .
Add walnuts to sugar syrup, and stir to coat well. Spoon nuts onto waxed paper, and immediately separate nuts with a fork. Cool, and store in airtight containers.