My Favorite Spiced Nuts – These naturally sweetened candied nuts have just the right hint of spice. They’re perfect for parties, appetizers, treats, and gifting!
As soon as Thanksgiving hit, I found myself taken over by a state of holiday “nesting.” I wanted the house to feel cozy and snug, so we finished setting up our decorations, lit our citrus and spruce candle, and busted out a holiday baking project or two. It totally did the trick.
We’re all feeling holly jolly, very merry, comfy cozy indeed. It’s officially the season for holiday baking, parties, and gifts, and these delicious spiced nuts are perfect for all three (though, I guess *technically* they’re a no-bake treat). Made on the stovetop in 10 minutes or less, these naturally sweetened candied nuts are sure to be a hit at your house, too! (They also make a fantastic gift…)
Here’s what makes them so wonderful…
What Makes These Spiced Candied Nuts Amazing:
This nut mix is naturally sweetened. Maple candied nuts are SO easy and delicious. With pure maple syrup, they’re plenty sweet without giving you a toothache. (This also means they’re paleo + vegan friendly!)
You can use any nuts you like! For the video and photos, I used a combination of almonds, cashews, and pecans for my spiced nut mix. You can totally do this with ALL one kind of nuts (pecans and almonds are great), or you can swap in your favorite nuts. (Hazelnuts are delicious! Peanuts can be nice, too.)
Just enough spice. Most of the time, I spice my candied nuts with cinnamon, but I’ve got 3 other variations you might like, too. (See the next section for ideas!)
A secret ingredient. A tiny pinch of salt wakes up ALL the flavors going on here and gives it a tiny bit of oomph to your spiced nut mix. I notice when I forget to add it, so don’t leave it out!
Spice it Up! 3 Ways to Change Up The Spices:
Switch out the cinnamon for chai spice. This is my favorite chai spice mix. The warm blend of cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, cloves, and cardamom is FANTASTIC this time of year and so good paired with these candied nuts. It’ll keep in a jar for a few months and makes just about anything taste better. I put it on oatmeal, in smoothies, pancakes, and so much more.
Or, go with pumpkin spice. Love pumpkin spice All The Things? Awesome! This is the perfect way to use it. Instead of cinnamon, substitute your favorite pumpkin spice blend. Your house will smell like pie and happiness!
Add a tiny pinch of 5-spice powder with your cinnamon. The anise comes through and adds such an interesting flavor to candied nuts. (It’s very pungent, so only get a tiny pinch!)
Tips + Tricks for Perfect Spiced Nuts:
Keep your heat on medium-low. If you BLAST these spiced nuts with heat, they can scorch, or boil too quickly. Shoot for a simmer. As soon as there’s no more syrup to scoop up with your spatula, you know you’ve cooked them long enough!
Please keep stirring. Similarly, keep on stirring. It really only takes about 5-7 minutes for the syrup to evaporate, and stirring regularly will help them caramelize/candy and toast evenly.
Let them cool before storing. Make sure you give the spiced nuts plenty of time to cool before storing. If you don’t, they can sort of “steam” in their container or bag, which means they won’t crisp up as nicely as if they’re given a chance to cool.
How to store these spiced nuts. First, make sure they’re totally cool (see above), then transfer to an airtight container or bag for best results. These make a great gift, wrapped up in a treat bag and tied with a ribbon. Or, you can put them in a jar with a ribbon tied around the top. Basically: add ribbon and you’ll be in good shape!
Where to get the best prices. For nuts and maple syrup, I find my best prices at Costco. It’s tough to beat their prices for nuts and syrup, especially this time of year!