Peanuts! Get your peanuts! Sugar roasted peanuts are a scrumptious snack that are very easy to make, and if you package them up and tie a ribbon around them, they make a wonderful treat to share with a friend! Growing up right next door to the peanut capital of the world, peanuts have always played a significant role in my life and the community that I was raised in. As the granddaughter of a peanut farmer, I’ve learned quite a bit over the years about the economical importance this tiny nut has had not only on my own family, but on the state of Alabama as a whole. They’re arguably one of the most important crops grown on American soil, and they’re loaded with important nutrients that just might surprise you!
During peanut harvest season in the early fall, I shared my recipe for Instant Pot Boiled Peanuts – which are a true southern delicacy that most folks around here just can’t get enough of. I’ve even been known to eat them for breakfast, truth be told. While boiled peanuts are undoubtedly my favorite way to snack on these lovely little legumes, these sugar roasted peanuts come in at a close second.
Most people know that peanuts are a great source of protein, but did you know that incorporating a handful of peanuts into your daily diet can reduce your risk of heart disease, diabetes, colon cancer and promote healthier cholesterol levels? (You can read more about the health benefits of peanuts here.) Peanuts are actually classified as a superfood, which further proves that not all heroes wear capes! 😉
These sugar roasted peanuts, or “candied peanuts” are vey easy to make. In fact, I use the same recipe when making my Sugar Roasted Pecans! I frequently make these around the holidays or for special occasions, but they’re great to make and eat any time of year. I love to add them to charcuterie boards, too! Here’s a free printable copy of the recipe if you’d like to give it a try!
Sugar Roasted Peanuts
- 1 16 oz container unsalted dry roasted peanuts
- 1 egg white
- 4 tsp water
- 1 Tbs vanilla extract
- 1 cup white granulated sugar
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 3/4 tsp salt
- Preheat the oven to 250 F
- Line baking sheet with parchment paper
- Using a mixer, beat egg white until frothy. Add in water and vanilla and continue mixing
- Stir in cinnamon, sugar and salt
- Add in peanuts and coat with egg mixture completely using a large spoon
- Spread the peanuts evenly on to the baking sheet and bake for 1 hour, being sure to stir every 15 minutes
The photo below is of my 2 year old daughter sneaking a peanuts while I was trying to photograph them. She crawled up in my lap while the camera was still in my hand, so I kept snapping photos to capture the sweet moment!
If you like this recipe, be sure to check out these other peanut favorites found right here on Southern Made Simple!