Cinnamon Spiced Nuts

Candied nuts are a Christmastime staple. Why is it that a little sugar and some spices instantly make the entire house smell like the Christmas season? Sugared nuts trace their history back to European traditions that involve pralines. Pralines are usually sugar-coated nuts, almost like a brittle. I love how a recipe transforms and changes with time, throughout different cultures, and through various iterations, leading to how we cook and bake today.

When I picture roasted nuts, I always think of festivals and Christmas markets full of vendors. And when I find myself at one, I can never resist. These cinnamon spiced nuts are reminiscent of the traditional cinnamon spice with a few extras to enhance the flavor.

Top down view of cinnamon spiced nuts sitting on silver baking pan on white countertop with Christmas greenery and red berries to the side

When making candied nuts, I tend to choose a mixed nut. I love that mixed nuts add variety and how the craggier ones really attract the sugar and spices. What’s especially good is when some nuts get stuck together and form a clump. It’s a bigger bite and it usually seems to be even sweeter!

While these nuts seem like they would be tricky to make, they’re actually incredibly easy. And to prove this, I do all the mixing directly on a sheet pan.

A lot of times, only granulated white or brown sugar is used. But I find the coating that maple syrup adds provides the perfect crackly finish that’s simply missed when only using regular sugar. However, it is still important to add some sugar, so a small amount of brown sugar ensures the correct level of sweetness.

Spiced nuts sitting on silver baking pan after coming out of the oven on white countertop

Spices are just as important as presents during the holidays. Let’s run through the important ones:

  • Cinnamon is essential. Plain and simple. A lot of Christmas recipes use this spice and there’s good reason!
  • Cloves add a strong, homey warmth.
  • Allspice offers a hint of something that can’t be placed but its presence is very welcome.

The surprise in this recipe is a small amount of cayenne pepper. Instead of making the entire mixture spicy, it wakes up the taste buds and helps all the flavors stand out. A little bit of spice makes all the difference in these!

Top down close up view of spiced nuts sitting on silver baking dish

Spiced nuts are something that I always have at any get-together, especially around the holidays. But since this year is somewhat different (hello quarantine!), these nuts work perfect bagged up and given as a gift. If you’re looking for some last minutes gifts, you just got something you can make. You’re welcome! 😜

Watch how to make these cinnamon spiced nuts:

Top down of cinnamon spiced nuts sitting on silver baking pan after coming out of the oven
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Cinnamon Spiced Nuts

No holiday party would be complete without something easy to munch on. These cinnamon spiced nuts are the perfect thing to bake and serve, whether it's the holidays or not!
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time25 minutes
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: appetizer, Christmas, nuts, peanuts
Difficulty: Easy
Method: Baking
Servings: 18 servings
Author: Kaleb

Ingredients

  • 4 cups deluxe mixed nuts
  • cup maple syrup
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp cloves
  • ½ tsp ginger
  • ½ tsp cayenne
  • 1 ½ tsp salt

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 375°F. Spray the baking sheet pan with nonstick baking spray.
  • On the prepared sheet pan, combine the nuts, maple syrup, brown sugar, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, cayenne, and salt. Stir together and spread into an even layer.
  • Roast 12-15 minutes. The sugar thickens and coats the nuts. Remove from the oven. While cooling, stir intermittently to break up any large pieces. Store in an airtight container for up to 1 month.

Nutrition

Serving: 1 servingCalories: 199 kcal (10%)Carbohydrates: 12.2 g (4%)Protein: 5.7 g (11%)Fat: 15.6 g (24%)Saturated Fat: 2.3 g (14%)Polyunsaturated Fat: 2.9 gMonounsaturated Fat: 10.1 gTrans Fat: 0 gCholesterol: 0 mgSodium: 196.3 mg (9%)Potassium: 204.8 mg (6%)Fiber: 2 g (8%)Sugar: 6.4 g (7%)Vitamin A: 1.1 IUVitamin C: 0.3 mgCalcium: 35.3 mg (4%)Iron: 1.1 mg (6%)

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  • Oh. My. Goodness.
    Just made your recipe for cinnamon spiced nuts. So easy.
    Delish!
    Love your recipes, design ideas and most of all, your love of Christmas.

    Merry Christmas,
    Jude Paz

  • 5 stars
    Love the nuts! Made 2 batches! I also tried the chocolate thin mint cookies! They were so awesome! To just discovered you, ands telling all my friends to check you out! Thanks for the recipes. Cant wait to see what’s next.

  • Kaleb! I put these on a very expensive charcuterie board and they were eaten waaaay before the charcuterie! Amazing and so festive! Keep making holiday goodies to keep this difficult season alive!
    <3

  • Making my 3rd and 4th batch today!
    We have already given away the reat. HUGE hit!! Everyone LOVES them.
    Thank you Kaleb!!
    ❤❤❤❤

  • Just finished these in my oven and now out on counter to cool. I had to🛑 half way through and 👀 up recipe! So easy I was sure that I must have forgotten something. Nope, I was 👍 and right on 🎯.It was so easy and they smell so good 😊. Thanks 🙏 for sharing.

  • Just made these, we’re gonna need more nuts! They are so easy to make and so incredibly delicious. Put them into 8 snack size baggies to give to folks. Not sure they’re gonna make it to Christmas Day. Great recipe!!! Thanks Kaleb!

  • Love these! Made a batch using every nut I had stocked up in my freezer (pistachio, almond, Brazil nut, pecan, walnut and peanut). Even my husbands picky friend couldn’t stop eating them. Like how easy this recipe is compared to others I’ve seen. I did mix in a bow to make sure all of them got coated.