candied nuts holiday cooking

Sugar-and-Spice Candied Nuts

Serves: 15


  • 1/3 cup dark brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Generous pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 pound walnut or pecan halves, or whole peeled hazelnuts
  • 1 egg white room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon water


  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Mix sugars, salt, cayenne, and cinnamon, making sure there are no lumps; set aside.
  2. Beat egg white and water until frothy but not stiff. Add nuts, and stir to coat evenly.
  3. Sprinkle nuts with sugar mixture, and toss until evenly coated.
  4. Spread sugared nuts in a single layer on a cookie sheet fitted with parchment paper. Bake for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.  
  5. Remove from oven, and separate nuts as they cool.
  6. When completely cool, pour the nuts into a bowl, breaking up any that stick together.

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