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Easy Christmas Candied Spiced Mixed Nuts Recipe

Party guests will love this sweet, salty, spicy Christmas Spiced Nuts Appetizer Recipe. Every time I have served them they disappear and I have to hide them if I make them the day before.  The smell alone of the nuts roasting brings the family flocking to the kitchen. Make a large batch for Thanksgiving, Christmas, or any holiday party.

I attended a cooking class with my best friend at 76 Supply several years ago and this spiced nuts recipe was one of the quick and easy recipes they made for holiday guests.

The nuts can be made a day or two ahead, the only danger in this is they are so good it is hard not to eat them all yourself (or your husband). They are nutty, sweet, salty, and spicy. The holiday spiced nut flavors are hard to resist.

The first time I made this recipe my mother-in-law was still living. She took a bite of these nuts and wanted to know who had made the hideous nuts. She was so distraught over my changing the traditional natural taste, she repeated her displeasure for about a half hour.

The conversation got to the point that my nephew started walking around and calling them Sue’s hideous nuts. It has been a joke in our family for many years since.

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While Jim’s mother was living, I didn’t make these nuts again as I didn’t want to disturb her, however now I’m going to put them back on our Thanksgiving and Christmas table as a traditional dish everybody loves.

How to Roast Raw Nuts

There are two ways to roast raw nuts. Take a cookie sheet and cover it with foil. Layer the nuts on the cookies sheet and roast at 350 degrees for 5 to 10 minutes.  Halfway through tossing the nuts lightly to get even cooking.   I never go too far from the oven as they can burn very quickly.

The second way to roast raw nuts is to roast them on the stovetop.  I usually use a cast iron skillet that is lightly oiled. Over medium heat cook, the nuts tossed every so often.  Again do not leave the nuts as they burn easily.

When you can smell the aroma of the nuts they are done, about 5 to 10 minutes.

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Christmas Spiced Nuts Appetizer Recipe

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  • Author: Crafting a Family
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Total Time: 30
  • Category: side dish
  • Method: Baking

Description

Party guests will love this sweet, salty, spicy Christmas Spiced Nuts Appetizer Recipe. Every time I have served them they disappear and I have to hide them if I make them the day before. Β The smell alone of the nuts roasting brings the family flocking to the kitchen.


Ingredients

Units Scale
  • 3 to 4 cups of raw nuts mixed variety
  • 1 tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • 1 TLB Brown Sugar
  • 1 tsp Salt (or to your taste)
  • 1 1/2 TLB Melted Butter

Instructions

  1. Roast the nuts in the oven in one layer on a large baking sheet at 350Β° until lightly toasted about 5 to 10 min. Watch closely.
  2. When the nuts are out of the oven, melt the butter.
  3. Mix together and toss over the nuts butter cayenne pepper, brown sugar, and salt.
  4. Cool and serve.

Notes

  • You can store the nuts in an airtight container for at least a week. But they will not last that long.
  • Do not melt the butter and mix the sugar together ahead of time as it will become hard and you will not be able to use it.
  • Mix the Cayenne Pepper in well
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6 Comments

  1. So Colorful and Healthy. Thanks for participating in FiestaFriday #245 this week. I have a Healthy Milk Pudding recipe.






  2. Hi there! I’m Carole from Carole’s Chatter. I’ve been following your blog for a while now. I think you do really creative things with food. I wondered if you would like to join the group of bloggers who share their posts on a monthly basis via Food on Friday. I host this link up on the second Friday of each month. Every month there are a few different themes. This month they are Holiday Favorites, Tomatoes, Using Leftovers and Brussel Sprouts. If you would like to check it out just hop on over to Carole’s Chatter. We would all love to see you there. Cheers

  3. I made this last year and I’ll definitely be making it again this year! But be warned, it can be difficult to stop eating this stuff!Or maybe it’s just me… sugar glazed nuts are indeed one of my many weaknesses.

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