Sweet and Spicy Candied Nuts

December 23, 2013

Spicy Candied Nuts

Ho ho ho just one more post for the festive season folks! And this is how these sweet and spicy candied nuts should fit into your holiday plans:

Use #1 – Throw it in a glass jar, slap on a ribbon and a tag and voila, edible gift!
Use #2 – Serve it in a bowl and have all your guests nibble at it while you try not to lose your mind in the kitchen and throw your undercooked turkey out the window.

Spicy Candied Nuts

Or just do what I did on the weekend. Plunge your greedy hands in and polish them off with a cold six-pack to wind down after a seven hour marathon shopping spree.

Note to self: do not do all your present shopping in one day. Especially on the weekend before Christmas.

Now lets never speak of that day ever again.

Spicy Candied Nuts

I feel like I could just bleed nuts out of every pore after my binge but I couldn’t help it; it was just way too difficult to stop after one handful. They are, dare I say it, absolutely moreish. I’m whipping up another batch or two of these bad boys as we speak. And then I’m gonna keep them under lock and key until Christmas Day, just in case.

Spicy Candied Nuts

Sweet and Spicy Candied Nuts
Cook Time
30 min
Cook Time
30 min
  1. 80g brown sugar
  2. 120g caster sugar
  3. 1.5 tsps sea salt flakes
  4. 1.5 tsps sweet and smoky paprika (the one I use in Australia is from Masterfoods)
  5. 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  6. 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  7. A large pinch of chilli powder (use more if you're braver than I am)
  8. 500g unsalted nuts of your choice (my fave is cashew but in the photos I used peanuts and pecans. Macadamia and almonds are also fabulous)
  9. 1 egg white, room temperature
  10. 1 Tbl water
  1. Preheat oven to 150°C. Mix sugars, salt, spices, pepper and chilli together, making sure there are no lumps.
  2. Beat egg white and water until loosened and frothy then stir through the nuts to coat evenly. Sprinkle nuts with sugar mixture, and toss until evenly coated.
  3. Spread nuts in a single layer on a baking tray lined with parchment paper. Bake for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally if you wish. Remove from oven and leave to cool down. When it is cool enough to handle but it's still soft and pliable, separate the nuts and leave to cool completely. Break up any remaining clusters before storing in an airtight container.
  4. Or just eat immediately :)
Adapted from Smitten Kitchen
Adapted from Smitten Kitchen
Citrus and Candy http://www.citrusandcandy.com/
Spicy Candied Nuts

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Chloe Quinlan February 28, 2014 at 19:30

I know I am a bit late BUT I absolutely love these nuts- they look so tasty.
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Melina January 27, 2014 at 16:01

Love the nut wreath! So cute!


shobelyn December 27, 2013 at 23:21

The nut wreath looks wonderful. I am the same as you. I cannot have enough when we talk about nut. I have to eat eveything or else, I will feel like I am left out. have a Happy New Year.
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Skye December 23, 2013 at 19:54

They do look terribly more-ish… But such a great thing to nibble on before Christmas lunch – turkey always takes about 3 hours longer to cook than you think that it’s going to. Definitely need something to fill that hole.

Hope that you have a super happy Christmas! x
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saucy gander December 23, 2013 at 18:03

Awesome! I’m planning to make similar spiced nuts for Christmas, if we don’t eat them all first!
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chocolatesuze December 23, 2013 at 17:29

i like your nuts. merry christmas!


Tina @ bitemeshowme December 23, 2013 at 13:49

this just takes boring ol’ nuts to a whole new level! def a great snack.. i’d probably keep going til there would be no more in the bowl! merry christmas karen x
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Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar December 23, 2013 at 05:54

I love all the fun spices in this. They look great!
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