Spicy Candied Mixed Nuts

Have you ever been at a party, in the middle of a conversation, and mindlessly started eating the candied nuts that were nearby? And then you became so preoccupied with the amazing flavor of the nuts that you were no longer listening to the conversation? These spicy candied mixed nuts are that deliciously distracting!

Sweet, salty, smoky, and spicy. In other words:  addictive. Of course, this recipe would be perfect for your next gathering when you need to offer delicious snacks. BUT, and hear me out on this, these candied mixed nuts would be just as good for your next night of Netflix, snacks, and wine. I’m not saying sharing is overrated but…it might be?

Ingredients Needed

  • dark brown sugar
  • granulated sugar
  • smoked paprika
  • cayenne pepper
  • cinnamon
  • walnuts, pecans, almonds and/or hazelnuts
  • egg white

Word of caution:  if you make these candied nuts, adapted from Smitten Kitchen, you might not be able to stop eating them. They are incredibly addictive, with the perfect combination of smoky, spicy, salty, and sweet. The molasses in the dark brown sugar adds a deep and complex flavor, and the cayenne adds a nice pop of heat.

candied mixed nuts arranged on a baking sheet

This spicy candied mixed nuts recipe also makes a great party, birthday, shower, or holiday gift! With the holidays approaching, I wanted to give the nuts as gifts. I poured them into mason jars, added a pretty ribbon, and gave them to several friends.

Enjoy your week, and feel free to drop me a line in the comments – I would love to hear if you try this recipe! Or tag me on Instagram @maryannehoekstra to let me know how it turned out! Also, if you are enjoying my blog, please consider recommending it to your friends. They can subscribe here.

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Spicy Candied Mixed Nuts

Candied nuts that are the perfect combination of smoky, spicy, salty, and sweet!
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 3 cups


  • 1/3 cup dark-brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 pound mixture of walnuts, pecans, almonds, and/or hazelnuts
  • 1 egg white room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon water


  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Mix sugars, salt, paprika, cayenne, and cinnamon, making sure there are no lumps; set aside.
  • Beat egg white and water until frothy but not stiff. Add nuts, and stir to coat evenly.
  • Sprinkle nuts with sugar mixture, and toss until evenly coated. Spread sugared nuts in a single layer on a cookie sheet fitted with parchment paper.
  • Bake for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from oven, and separate nuts as they cool. When completely cool, pour the nuts into a bowl, breaking up any that stick together.
Keyword cinnamon, paprika, pecans, walnuts

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