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Holiday Crispy, Spicy Nuts

Nov 23, 2016 11:00AM ● By Lana Granfors

What's Cookin'

December 2016
By Lana Granfors
Photo by Kara Stewart

The holiday party invitations are coming in, and you are so busy with work, family and shopping! Here is an easy snack you can prepare and have on hand. Shop ahead for some small festive holiday dishes, and when it is time for a party, fill one with these crispy and spicy nuts, wrap up with some cellophane and a Christmas ribbon and enjoy the festivities. These nuts are toasted and covered with a light, crispy coating of holiday spices…cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg with a couple of twists – cayenne and black pepper. They make the most irresistible snack!

Happy holidays!


¾ cup brown sugar

½ cup sugar

1 tsp. ground cinnamon

½ tsp. ground nutmeg

1 tsp. ground cloves

½ tsp. ground ginger

½ tsp. cayenne (or more, depending on heat wanted)

½ tsp. black pepper

¼ cup water

1½ cup walnuts, whole

1½ cup raw almonds, whole

1½ cup raw pecans, whole

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes


STEP 1: Heat oven to 200 degrees.   

STEP 2: In a skillet, over medium low heat, combine all ingredients except nuts. Stir until all sugar and spices have dissolved completely.    

STEP 3: Add in nuts and stir, making sure all are coated with the sugar and spice mixture. Stir constantly for about 5 minutes, or until the liquid has cooked off.       

STEP 4: Line a large cookie sheet with foil and spread the coated nuts onto the covered sheet. If using smaller pans, you may need to use two, as you want the nuts in a flat, single layer.      

STEP 5: Bake at 200 degrees for 1 hour, being sure to stir every 20 minutes.       

STEP 6: Take out and let cool completely. Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks or freeze for up to three months.