This candied spiced nuts recipe is one of my favourite things to make around the holiday season because it is super easy, and it makes for a great gift! Everyone who tried these nuts love them, and I’ve yet to meet someone who doesn’t like them. The best thing about this recipe is that the spices are customisable. Do you like something with more of a kick? Substitute it with red cayenne pepper powder. Do you like cinnamon? Then add more! Are you a chipotle fan? Then feel free to add a bit for the taste. Not only that, but you can use any nuts you want. I prefer pecans the best.

The choice is all yours with this versatile recipe. If you give this a try, be prepared to eat a lot of them. They are that addicting!


These nuts are wonderfully addicting, and they also make great gifts. They are super easy to make, too!

  • 1/3 cup dark-brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • a dash of cayenne pepper
  • a dash of chipotle chile powder
  • a dash of ground cumin
  • 1 egg white at room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 pound (16 oz) nuts like walnut, pecan halves, or almonds
  • sea salt (optional)
  1. Preheat oven at 300 F.
  2. Mix the sugars and the spices together in a bowl. Make sure there are no lumps.
  3. In another bowl, beat the egg and the water together until frothy (not stiff).
  4. Add the nuts to the egg mixture. Coat the nuts evenly.
  5. Add the sugar mixture to the nuts. Mix until the nuts are all evenly coated.
  6. Spread the nuts on a baking pan with foil or parchment paper in a single layer. Sprinkle sea salt on the nuts.
  7. Bake for 30 minutes. Stir them occasionally while baking.
  8. When done, take them out and stir them while they cool. They will harden up.

Feel free to experiment with different spices.

Adapted from Smitten Kitchen.


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