Holiday Spiced Nuts


When the holidays come around each year, I LOVE making these super-easy, spiced nuts. They’re a scrumptious combination of sweet and savory with just a little kick (depending on how much cayenne  you choose to add). They also make a fabulous little gift, but be warned, if your plan is to gift them, you should pack them up quickly! My family gobbles them up so fast I have to make many batches throughout the holidays 🙂


-2 ½ cups (500 grams) unsalted pecans or other nuts – I usually use all pecans or a combination of pecans, almonds, and cashews. Walnuts would be great too, but my husband is allergic.

-2 tablespoons pure maple syrup (not imitation!!)

-1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon (20 grams) dark brown sugar 

-2 tablespoons (9 or 10 grams) chopped rosemary

-⅛ – ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper – depending on your taste for spice

-1 tablespoon melted butter (14 grams)

-1 teaspoon sea salt



Preheat oven to 350F/175C degrees

If your nuts are raw, roast them for 10 minutes on a parchment-lined baking sheet. 

While the nuts are roasting, whisk together the maple syrup, brown sugar, rosemary, cayenne pepper,  butter, and sea salt in a large bowl. Add the warm nuts and toss so the nuts are well coated.

Place the nuts back onto the parchment-lined tray and bake for another 10-12 minutes*. Allow the nuts to cool on the pan set on a wire cooling rack. Once cooled, you can break apart the clusters of nuts with a rubber spatula.

Give as a gift (shown in second pic) or enjoy them yourself. Be careful, these are addicting! 

Store for up to a week in an airtight container on the counter.

*Note: if your nuts are still very sticky after they’ve cooled, they could probably use a bit more time in the oven. You can pop them back in the oven for another 5-10 minutes.

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