This recipe came to me from Victoria Frost and it makes a great appetizer to a fancy diner party, a tasty dessert, or just a sweet snack throughout the day. This recipe would probably work with other nuts as well.
2 ½ cups walnuts
2 ½ cups pecans
1 cup sugar
½ cup water
½ tsp salt
1 ½ tsp vanilla extract
Heat nuts in moderate oven (375 deg.) for 5 minutes, stirring once. oil sides of heavy 2-qt. saucepan.
In saucepan, combine sugar, water, cinnamon, and salt. Heat and stir till sugar dissolves and mixture boils. Cook without stirring to soft-ball stage (236 deg.). Remove from heat. Beat by hand 1 minute or until mixture just begins to get creamy. Add vanilla extract and the warm nuts.
Stir gently until nuts are well coated and mixture becomes creamy. Turn out on buttered platter or cookie sheet. Separate at once using two spoons or forks. Makes about 2 pounds of crunchy sugared nuts.