Along with sentimentality and booze sugar cookies, nuts are among the most popular components of any holiday spread. Whether baked, candied or dumped out in a bowl for communal gorging, they're essential to all kinds of awesome seasonal recipes. That's why I feel bad for friends and loved ones with tree nut allergies who can't partake in all the deliciousness.
To help avoid an unfortunate EpiPen incident at this year's holiday soiree, here's a rundown of 12 nuts commonly associated with tree nut allergies, plus recipes that allow you to either embrace or bypass them. (Disclaimer: Our lawyers asked us to remind you that you should always check labels and share ingredient info with everyone at your table.)
It’s first in my nut-loving heart, and on this alphabetized list. Amazing in milk chocolate treats, marzipan and so much more.
With 'em: Almond-Cherry Chocolate Bark
Without 'em: Nut-Free Macarons
Big, tasty and useful as a cookie enhancement or in savory veggie dishes and pesto. Caveat: They don’t last as long as other nuts.
With 'em: Kriss Kringle Cookies
Without 'em: Cherry Ginger Thumbprint Cookies
For practical purposes, it's just another name for hazelnuts. No matter what you call 'em, they're a fantastic companion to chocolate.
With 'em: Viennese Crescent Holiday Cookies
Without 'em: Easy Shortbread Cookies
Literally a very tough nut to crack, but with the right tool (pro tip: a nutcracker works better than a hammer), you'll find a tasty reward inside.
With 'em: Shredded Brussels Sprouts with Maple Hickory Nuts
Without 'em: Maple Roasted Butternut Squash & Apple Salad
The fat-to-protein ratio in these little guys isn't so favorable from a dietary standpoint, but they're undeniably delicious.
With 'em: Pumpkin White Chocolate & Macadamia Nut Cookies
Without 'em: Pumpkin Gingersnap Cookies
Getting at the meats of these guys is a lot easier than cracking a hickory nut. Bonus: You can use the shells for compost or garden mulch.
With 'em: Cranberry Pistachio Biscotti
Without 'em: Pumpkin Biscotti
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