Sugar and Spice Candied Nuts

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I’ve decided that the Christmas shopping season has officially begun. Not because there are toy catalogs arriving in my mailbox daily or because every other commercial has my children pointing at the television and screaming “I want that!” It’s officially the Christmas shopping season because I’m ready for the roasted nuts.

You know what I’m talking about. Every year you write out a Christmas list, make a budget, head to the mall, and begin your shopping. But just as you walk through the doors of the mall you forget your list and follow your nose to the sugary, spicy, roasted nuts. There is nothing more Christmas-y than that smell, not even the baby Jesus himself. Surely I’m not the only one who feels that way, am I?

This year, rather than paying over $1.00 for an ounce of roasted nuts, why not make them yourself? Oh, because you can’t? It’s too hard? You don’t know how?

Actually, you can. It’s simple. I’ll show you how.

mixing the nuts

I always say this, I know, but this recipe is so simple. You get such great results with ingredients that you most likely have on hand. Please. Make these. You will not be disappointed.

Just grab a big can of nuts, any will do. Almonds, pecans, peanuts, mixed nuts, whatever. I used mix nuts. Variety is the spice of life, after all.

Dump ’em in a big bowl, pour in a beaten egg white, stir it up and dump on the sugar and spice. Mix it up, pop the nuts in the oven for 30 minutes or so and all of your dreams will come true.

roasted nuts

These are yummy right out of the oven (be careful, though, they are hot), but they store perfectly. I just save the containers the nuts come in and dump any leftovers back in there. They stay fresh for, well, I don’t know how long. I eat them all within in a week or two.

Make these for your next get-together. You’ll be a hero.

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Sugar and Spice Candied Nuts


  • 2 pounds nuts (any kind, I prefer mixed)
  • 2 egg whites, room temperature
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 2/3 cup dark-brown sugar
  • 1 1/3 cup white granulated sugar
  • 3 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper (you could use paprika if you're a scaredy-pants, but the cayenne works well)
  • 2 teaspoon ground cinnamon


  1. Pre-heat oven to 300 degrees.
  2. Add nuts to large bowl.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the egg whites and water until frothy. Pour over nuts and stir to coat all the nuts.
  4. In a separate bowl, mix together the sugars, salt, cayenne pepper, and cinnamon. Pour over nuts and stir to coat.
  5. Spread nuts in a single layer on a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake for 30 minutes stirring occasionally.
  6. Remove from oven and separate nuts if they are stuck together. Serve warm or at room temperature. Store in an airtight container.
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Recipe adapted from Smitten Kitchen