spiced candied nuts arranged on a white plate with nuts scattered around and three spoons full of spices nearby

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 distractingly delicious!

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?

mixing bowl with brown sugar and spices
mixing bowl with candied nuts being prepared

Why This Recipe Works

  • Salty
  • Smoky
  • Sweet
  • Spicy
  • Easy
  • Fun
silver spatula scooping up spiced candied nuts from a baking sheet

Ingredients Needed

  • Dark brown sugar
  • Granulated sugar
  • Smoked paprika
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Cinnamon
  • Walnuts, pecans, almonds and/or hazelnuts
  • Egg white
spiced candied mixed nuts arranged on a white plate with nuts scattered around on a blue tablecloth

How To Make Spicy Candied Mixed Nuts

  • Step 1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Mix sugars, salt, paprika, cayenne, and cinnamon, making sure there are no lumps; set aside.
  • Step 2. Beat egg white and water until frothy but not stiff. Add nuts, and stir to coat evenly.
  • Step 3. 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.
  • Step 4. 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.
glass jar with mixed nuts spilling out of it onto a marble countertop

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.

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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spiced candied nuts arranged on a white plate with nuts scattered around and three spoons full of spices nearby

Spicy Candied Mixed Nuts

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

Ingredients
  

  • 1/3 cup dark-brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 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

Instructions
 

  • 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 candied, chestnuts, cinnamon, paprika, pecans, walnuts

10 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I love the mixture of sweet and spice here! It’s the perfect snack for movie night!

  2. 5 stars
    This is the best snack to have around the house! It’s so tasty! Love the flavors of the smoked paprika
    and cayenne pepper!

  3. 5 stars
    These are so addictive. I’m going to make a big batch and put them in jars to give as holiday gifts.

  4. 5 stars
    These candied nuts look delicious! Will be perfect for fall and the holiday season.

  5. 5 stars
    Oh yum! These look so good. I absolutely love that contrast of flavors. Such a wonderful snack.

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