I watched most of the holiday specials on Food Network this year. Some of them were really interesting and contained a lot of great recipes and ideas. This treat was included in one of those episodes. I thought it was a cute gift idea so I decided to make it. It's a really great combination of so many holiday scents and flavors with the cranberries, cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice. The house smelled wonderful as these baked! Since I packaged these up to give away, I didn't try them but if they taste anywhere near as good as they smelled, I'm sure they were a hit.
Spiced Cranberries and Almonds
3/4 stick unsalted butter
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1 tablespoon maple syrup
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
2 cups dried cranberries
3 cups almonds
1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes (I omitted)
Preheat oven to 350 F.
Melt butter, brown sugar, and maple syrup in large pot over medium heat. Stir in cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice. Add cranberries, almonds, and coconut flakes and stir to combine.
Spread mixture on greased cookie sheet. Bake 20 minutes or until mixture is crunchy and lightly browned. Transfer to a bowl when cooled and serve.