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.

sugar and spice nuts

Sugar and Spice Candied Nuts


  • 2 pounds mixed nuts
  • 2 egg whites
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 cup granulated white sugar
  • 1 cup cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Add the mixed nuts to a large mixing bowl.
  2. Whisk together the egg whites and water in a small bowl until frothy. Pour over the nuts.
  3. Add the sugars, cinnamon, salt, and cayenne to the nuts and stir well to mix and coat the nuts evenly.
  4. Spread in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes.
  5. Remove from oven and separate nuts as they cool. Store tightly covered once cool.

Recipe lightly adapted from Smitten Kitchen