Simply Deliteful: Spiced Nuts 3 Ways


Alice Bolen, author of Simply De-lite-ful, is the quintessential hostess... and stopped by to share one of her favorite recipes for entertaining:

Each of these nut recipes are quick, Individual in their robust and delicious flavors, and can be packaged cleverly as hostess or party gifts, or for your own gathering! A perfect holiday munchie!

Holiday Hot and Spicy Nuts

  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 to 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (If you like a lot of heat, you can add according to taste.)
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups mixed nuts


In a large bowl, mix the first six ingredients. Add nuts; toss to coat. Spread onto a 15x10x1-in. baking pan.

Bake at 300 for 35-40 minutes or until nuts are lightly toasted and appear dry, stirring occasionally. Serve warm or at room temperature. Store in an airtight container.

Sugar and Spice Nuts


  • 3/4cup sugar
  • 1teaspoon salt
  • 2teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1tablespoon water
  • 1egg white
  • 1cup pecan halves
  • 1cup whole cashews
  • 1cup walnut halves

Heat oven to 300F. Spray 15x10x1-inch pan with cooking spray. In large bowl, beat sugar, salt, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, nutmeg, water and egg white with electric mixer on high speed 1 to 2 minutes or until mixture is frothy. With rubber spatula, fold in nuts until evenly coated. Spread mixture evenly in pan.

Bake 35 to 45 minutes, stirring occasionally, until nuts are fragrant and toasted. Cool completely in pan, about 30 minutes. Store in tightly covered container.

Sweet, Salty, and Spicy Roasted Nuts

  • 1 cup untoasted walnut halves
  • 1 cup untoasted pecan halves
  • 1 cup unsalted, dry roasted almonds
  • 1 cup unsalted, dry roasted cashews
  • (Or you can use 4 cups of nuts of your choice)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon butter substitute or olive oil

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and lightly coat with cooking spray.

Combine walnut halves, pecan halves, almonds, and cashews in a large bowl. Add salt, black pepper, cumin, and cayenne pepper; toss to coat.

Heat sugar, water, and butter in a small saucepan over medium heat until the butter is melted. Cook for 1 minute and remove from heat. Slowly pour butter mixture over the bowl of nuts and stir to coat.

Transfer nuts to the prepared baking sheet and spread into a single layer.

Bake nuts in the preheated oven for 10 minutes. Stir nuts until the warm syrup coats every nut. Spread into a single layer, return to the oven, and bake until nuts are sticky and roasted, about 6 minutes. Allow to cool before serving.