Christmastime calls for a great party: a time to bring friends together and celebrate! Entertaining can be stressful and all too often, we over think and overwork ourselves getting ready, or at least I know I do. That’s why this year, I brought you along as I prepared for my Christmas party. I made a lot beforehand so the day of the party was as stress free as possible.
To finish preparing, I had to make some candied nuts. Honestly, I don’t think it’s truly a party without some nuts placed strategically in bowls around the house for guests to munch on. No matter where someone may wander in the house, I want to make sure they have something to satisfy their hunger.
These candied Cajun nuts satisfy both a sweet and savory tooth. A slightly spicy Cajun seasoning ends with a sweet finish.
A party is most fun when the host can also enjoy the festivities. Isn’t that why we throw a party, anyway: to have fun? A little planning ahead can give you a day of festive cheer with ease! I have loved showing you my preparations for the Christmas season and hope you feel like a part of it all! Merry Christmas!
Watch how to make these candied Cajun nuts:Print
With notes of sweetness and spice, these candied cajun nuts are the perfect snack. Be warned, though: they’ll disappear quickly!
- 3 cups unsalted mixed nuts
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1/4 cup orange juice, freshly squeezed
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1 1/2 tablespoons Cajun seasoning (I use Morton & Bassett )
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Spray a large 13×18 sheet pan with nonstick baking spray.
- Pile nuts in the middle of the prepared pan and pour on honey, orange juice, sugar, salt, Cajun seasoning, cayenne and thyme leaves. Mix together and spread out to an even layer on the baking pan.
- Bake in preheated oven 18-25 minutes, stirring every 8 minutes until the liquid condenses and becomes thick, coating the nuts like a glaze.
- Remove from oven and cool, continuing to stir and breaking up any large pieces. Serve at room temperature. These can be made one day in advance and stored in an airtight container.
- Serving Size: 1/8 cup
- Calories: 128
- Sugar: 8g
- Sodium: 209.6mg
- Fat: 8.8g
- Saturated Fat: 1.3g
- Trans Fat: 0g
- Carbohydrates: 11.2g
- Fiber: 1.3g
- Protein: 3.3g
- Cholesterol: 0mg
Keywords: holiday, nuts, appetizer