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Sweet and Spicy Nuts

Slightly addictive, these Sweet and Spicy Nuts are crunchy, delicious and so easy to make! Just perfect to serve with cocktails and even to toss over salads. They make the perfect holiday gift!
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Christmas food gift, nuts
Servings: 12 servings
Author: Lora


  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Pinch cayenne or to taste
  • 1 large egg white
  • 2 cups nuts such as almonds cashews or pecans, whole or halves


  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  • Mix sugar and spices together in a small bowl.
  • In a large bowl, beat egg white lightly with a fork.
  • Toss nuts into egg white, stirring to coat. Then add sugar-and-spice mixture and continue to stir, evenly covering nuts.
  • Transfer nuts to baking sheet, letting excess liquid drip off first.
  • Bake 30 to 35 minutes, until nuts are browned and coating is dry. Cool 5 minutes, then transfer to a cutting board, break nuts apart, and let them cool completely. The nuts crisp as they cool.


  • Store in a airtight container and label. Serve with cocktails.
  • To gift the nuts, fill festive cellophane bags or decorative jars or tins with the nuts. Seal very well to ensure freshness.
  • To make a very large batch of the nuts, make each batch of nuts individually.  Do not mix a large batch of sugar spice mixture or egg white water mixture...the best way is to make it small portion at a time (it is not easy to mix very large batch of the nuts, will be a gloppy mess instead of nice and crunchy when it bakes up.
  • Nuts will keep at room temperature for about five days.