Grandma Millie's Honey Nut Crisps
Honey, you are gonna be nuts about this recipe! One of the most vivid childhood memories I have is trying to get my fingers to not be constantly sticky from eating these at every family event, especially during the holidays. Let me tell you, these do not mix well with wrapping paper, so proceed with caution while opening presents!
This recipe comes from my Grandmother Millie (mom's mom) who we honestly do not talk about enough here on my site, but that ends now! Millie could turn out some treats, and she could also tell you how delicious they were (I get that from her). Millie somehow figured out that frying spring roll or egg roll wrappers in oil and drizzling them with honey, coating them with nuts, and dusting them with powdered sugar creates one of the most enjoyably addictive treats I have yet to encounter. Don't say I didn't warn you!
WHAT YOU'LL NEED:
Slivered almonds or chopped walnuts
WHAT YOU'LL DO:
This is just so so easy and best done step-by-step.
Make it step-by-step with me below!
1. This recipe starts with egg roll (thicker) or spring roll (thinner) wrappers. I have done both over the years, based on what was more readily available. I can attest that both work very well! In my ingredients list above, I have links to each so you can order them right up if you can't find them locally. But honestly, if Grandma Millie could find them in small town Connecticut 25 years ago, so can you!
Oh, and quantities throughout this recipe depends on how many of these crisps you wanna turn out!
2. Cut your wrappers into 4 strips, evenly sized.
3. Separate them all into single layer sheets and make a pile (or organize however you like). I usually end up with a tray full of these that I can bring over to the stove top with me. Oh yeah, we are frying these babies!
4. Fill a big frying pan with about 1/4 inch of vegetable oil. Place over medium heat. You will add more oil as you go along, FYI.
5. Begin frying your strips in batches until golden brown. You will move really fast here, as the strips take about 1 minute (flip halfway) if the oil is the right temp. Don't rush, though. This oil is HOT!
6. Place your fried crisps on a paper-towel lined tray, and keep them there in layers until you are finished frying.
7. Here comes the fun part. Place your strips on a tray (you will do this in batches) as close together as you can. Then drizzle honey all over them!
8. Next, add your nuts. They will stick to the honey!
9. Lastly, dust your crisps with a heavy coating of confectioner's sugar.
My mom also claims (I have no memory of this) that Grandma Millie would sometimes use sprinkles instead of sugar here, on special occasions. I think this sounds fun! And honestly, once you make these, I imagine you will personalize them with all kinds of toppings!
10. Serve your honey nut crisps layered on top of each other on a tray for a truly beautiful sight! These are such an easy and fun treat, and a really special memory for me of my Grandma Millie.
I hope you can make them part of your memories, too—she would have loved that.
The crisps last about 5 days in an air tight container.