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overhead view of cinnamon sugar roasted nuts in black bowl.

Sugar and Spice Candied Nuts

These candied nuts taste like those delicious roasted nuts you get at the mall during the holiday season!
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword easy snack recipes, holiday recipes, kid-friendly recipes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 32 servings
Calories 219kcal


  • 2 pounds nuts any variety
  • 2 large egg whites room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper see note


  • Pre-heat oven to 300 degrees.
  • Add nuts to large bowl.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the egg whites and water until frothy. Pour over nuts and stir to coat all the nuts.
  • In a separate bowl, mix together the sugars, salt, cayenne pepper, and cinnamon. Pour over nuts and stir to coat.
  • Spread nuts in a single layer on a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake for 30 minutes stirring every 10 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and separate nuts if they are stuck together.
  • Store in an airtight container for 1-2 weeks.



We prefer mixed nuts in this recipe, but any variety should work well.
You may substitute smoked paprika for the cayenne, if you don't want the spice. 
We use lightly salted nuts. Adjust salt to suit your tastes. 


Serving: -3g | Calories: 219kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 226mg | Potassium: 179mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 30IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 1.1mg