It’s almost officially Summer, and there’s nothing like an icy cold beer on a hot, hot day. Add to your Summer snacking with this really simple recipe for Beer Nuts. Salty, sweet nuts with a hint of vanilla will be a hit, whether you’re having a brew, or not.
Beer Nuts don’t contain beer in the recipe, they just go really well with beer. There is something about that slightly salty, slightly sweet nutty goodness that is perfect with a cold beer.
These Beer Nuts are just so simple to make! You can use all one nut, or any combination of nuts you like. I made mine with a combination of peanuts, pecans, almonds and cashews. I happened to find some nuts on sale at my local Target store and snatched them up.
The recipe has just water, sugar, a titch of vanilla and the nuts. The water, sugar and vanilla is combined in a large skillet, over low heat, until the sugar is melted. The nuts are added, the temperature increased to medium, and the nuts cooked for 10 minutes.
Using a slotted spoon, I scooped the nuts out of the syrup mixture and onto a foil-lined baking sheet, sprinkled on some salt and let them cool.
I made these on a day when it was really humid, which caused them to take a looooong time to set. And since summer is generally humid around here, I threw them into a 250°F oven for about 20 minutes to help them along. I don’t think this step would be necessary, absent high humidity.
You really need these in your snacking lineup!
- 4 cups nuts (I used 1 cup raw almonds, 1 cup roasted peanuts and two cups of roasted mixed almonds, cashews and pecans)
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- finely ground salt (popcorn salt works great)
- In a large skillet, over low heat, add the water, sugar and vanilla.
- Stir until the sugar is completely dissolved.
- Increase the heat to medium and add the nuts.
- Simmer for 10 minutes, or until the syrup begins to caramelize, stirring occasionally.
- Using a slotted spoon, scoop the nuts out of the syrup and onto a foil-lined baking sheet and spread into a single layer (breaking up any clumps of nuts with the spoon). Be sure not to touch the nuts at this point, as they are very hot.
- Sprinkle with salt and allow the nuts to cool completely.