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.
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.
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!
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 perfectly 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:
Cinnamon Spiced Nuts
- 4 cups deluxe mixed nuts
- ⅓ cup maple syrup
- 3 tbsp light brown sugar
- 1 ½ tsp cinnamon
- ½ tsp ground cloves
- ½ tsp ground ginger
- ½ tsp cayenne
- 1 ½ tsp salt
- 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.4 cups deluxe mixed nuts, ⅓ cup maple syrup, 3 tbsp light brown sugar, 1 ½ tsp cinnamon, ½ tsp ground cloves, ½ tsp ground ginger, ½ tsp cayenne, 1 ½ tsp salt
- 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.
Oh. My. Goodness.
Just made your recipe for cinnamon spiced nuts. So easy.
Love your recipes, design ideas and most of all, your love of Christmas.
I just made these and they are cooling. Super easy recipe to make and my house smells amazing!
I just made these as well and they are delicious. I thought the spices would be overwhelming but they are not…….
I just made these as well and they are wonderful. I thought the spices would be overwhelming but they are not…….
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.
😳 delicious! Made my first batch yesterday! So simple make.
I’m just now baking these nuts now and they smell heavenly! Can’t wait to try them!
Love the recipe but are the nuts salted & is the maple surp the kind you would put on pancakes
Did you use unsalted, plain nuts? Also what brand maple syrup do you use?
Just took mine out of the oven. My house smells amazing. 2nd batch going in now.
I will be using this recipe for Pecans.
Made a batch for a small get together, now I need to make more to have at home! So yummy!
What about using parchment paper? Is there a reason not to?
If you watch the video he actually uses parchment paper and says it makes the clean-up easier.
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!
Making my 3rd and 4th batch today!
We have already given away the reat. HUGE hit!! Everyone LOVES them.
Thank you Kaleb!!
wonderful–a big Christmas munch
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.
With it being winter in the southern hemisphere July is a good time to make these. Easy and delicious. Thank you for sharing ❄
I have never been a fan of candy nuts from festivals, but I made these for work and got so many compliments and I also Loved the cinnamon spiced nuts. I will definitely make this recipe again.
Absolutely loved this recipe cinnamon spiced nuts were easy to make and delicious. Hugs to Wyse Guide for brightening our day and for sharing recipes. You are a ray of sunshine to our day.☀️
Kaleb I’m making these and I have a question. I bought unsalted I roasted nuts
Should I roast them before I make these or will they roast while I’m making them?
I have almonds, walnuts, pecans, cashews and Brazil nuts.
I used pralines and they were absolutely wonderful. I am no baker but this recipe was so simple to make even I could do it. The smell in the house was absolutely the best. Thank you
Subbed molasses for the maple syrup and swerve brown for the brown sugar. Turned out excellent. I was very heavy handed on all the spices also
Well past Christmas but had to make these..they turned out so well,will definitely be making many more batches.What a great recipe!
Kaleb is the best!
This recipe is perfection and if you line your sheet pan with nonstick foil there is NO cleanup!
Do not wait! Make them!
I am not sure I like this recipe. It’s addictive! 😊 I tried them before they were baked. I tried them after it baked. I tried them while preparing dinner. I had to try them before I shared them. Right?