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Spiced Nuts

Posted by: Ari Laing

These sweet and spicy mixed nuts are made up of pecans, walnuts, almonds, and cashews, and are flavored with cinnamon, cayenne, and maple syrup. Homemade spiced nuts are the quintessential crunchy drinking snack your guests will crave at any get together or cocktail party. GF, DF, V

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Posted by: Ari Laing
cocktail nus appetizer
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5 from 3 votes

Spiced Nuts

Homemade spiced nuts with pecans, walnuts, almonds, and cashews are seasoned with maple syrup (or sugar), cinnamon, cayenne, and kosher salt. They're sweet, spicy, salty, and completely addictive. Recommend serving with alcohol for maximum enjoyment! GF, DF, V
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cocktail nuts, homemade spiced nuts, how to make spiced nuts, how to roast pecans, rosemary roasted nuts, spiced cocktail nuts, sweet and spicy nuts
Servings: 3 cups mixed nuts
Calories: 299kcal
Author: Ari Laing


  • 1 cup pecans
  • 1 cup walnuts
  • ½ cup cashews
  • ½ cup almonds
  • ¼ cup maple syrup or light brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp chopped rosemary
  • 1 Tbsp chopped thyme or sage
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp kosher salt divided


  • Preheat oven to 300F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl, combine all ingredients except for ½ tsp kosher salt (reserve). Toss to combine, then place on baking sheet.
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  • Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until golden brown and fragrant. Remove from oven and immediately sprinkle with remaining ½ tsp kosher salt. Let cool (they'll crisp up during this time), then serve immediately or store in an airtight container.
    sweet and spicy nuts


All nuts used here were roasted, but not salted. I want to control the amount of salt that goes into this recipe. If you use salted nuts, simply pull back on the kosher salt added before cooking or withhold until the end and season before serving.
You can substitute brown sugar for maple syrup, just note that maple syrup will result in a smoother final product while brown sugar will create more textural contrast on the nuts.
Spiced nuts will remain crunchy for up to 1 week.


Sodium: 263mg | Sugar: 6.5g | Fiber: 3.3g | Calories: 299kcal | Saturated Fat: 2.7g | Fat: 26.8g | Protein: 6.8g | Carbohydrates: 13g
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