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Sweet Heat Candied Nuts

Sweet, spicy and nuts! Those are 3 of my favorite things!! You may have seen these fancy candied nuts in stores in malls, the smell wafting throughout the halls, drawing you into the store or kiosk.

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When you arrive, your mouth is drooling, tummy grumbling, craving whatever it is that is making this delicious aroma, willing to sell an arm or a leg to just to get a taste. These places know this and that is when they charge you the proverbial “arm and a leg” for a cone of sweet and spicy roasted nuts.


Well I’m about to change all that!

I can’t stop the draw of the vendor at the mall, however, I can give you an extremely simple candied nuts recipe to make these yummy little nuggets packed with flavor.

These are so good and so easy. If you are having guests over and you really want to impress them, whip up a batch of these. Remember those smells that had you drooling in the mall, your guests will be feeling the same way.

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Sweet Heat Candied Nuts


  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 1 cup pecans
  • 1 cup almonds
  • 1 egg white, whisked to frothy
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 300F.
  2. Prepare a baking sheet by lining it with parchment paper and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, add the nuts; set aside.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk together the egg white and water until frothy, foamy, and bubbly, about 2 minutes by hand. Pour mixture over nuts and toss to coat evenly.
  5. Turn nuts out onto to prepared baking sheet, spreading them in an even flat layer.
  6. Bake for 28 to 30 minutes, or until coasting is crisped, dried and candied. Stir nuts once midway through cooking. Lift the parchment paper with the nuts on it off the baking tray, set it on the counter, and allow nuts to cool.
  7.  When nuts are cool enough to handle, if desired, break apart large clusters.
  8. Transfer nuts to airtight containers or jars. I prefer to put them in pint size canning jars. Candied Nuts will keep airtight at room temperature for at least 1 month.

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