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Sweet & Spicy Nuts Recipe
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Sweet & Spicy Nuts Recipe

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Hot and spicy with a hint of brown-sugar sweetness, these snacking nuts are simply sensational. You and your guests will not be able to stop munching! The quick-and-easy skillet recipe also makes a great stocking stuffer or last-minute holiday gift from the kitchen. —Patty Lok, Sherman Oaks, California
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + cooling
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + cooling
MAKES: 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground chipotle powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 cup shelled walnuts
  • 1 cup pecan halves
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • Dash Louisiana-style hot sauce

Nutritional Facts

1/3 cup equals 321 calories, 30 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 15 mg cholesterol, 218 mg sodium, 14 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 4 g protein.

Directions

  1. In a small bowl, combine the salt and spices; set aside. In a large heavy skillet, melt butter. Add walnuts and pecans; cook over medium heat until nuts are toasted, about 4 minutes.
  2. Sprinkle with spice mixture. Add the brown sugar, water, Worcestershire and hot sauce. Cook and stir for 1-2 minutes or until sugar is melted. Spread on foil to cool. Store in an airtight container. Yield: 2 cups.
Originally published as Sweet & Spicy Nuts in Simple & Delicious November/December 2009, p33

Nutritional Facts

1/3 cup equals 321 calories, 30 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 15 mg cholesterol, 218 mg sodium, 14 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 4 g protein.

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Reviewed Feb. 20, 2014

Very easy to make and tasty!

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 4, 2013

I made this according to directions. I'm using it to add crunch to a large salad. Turned out perfect. I will make this again.

MY REVIEW
Reviewed May. 31, 2013

I had prepared this recipe and I think it's great! that is how I rated this recipe when I prepared it-I had made changes in the recipe: I omitted the chipotle powder and substituted smoky seasoning. I used 6 cups of shelled walnuts, 1-1/2 cups pecan halves OR almonds & substituted 1/4 cup maple syrup for the brown sugar!

I baked the nuts at 250o F. for 25 to 30 minutes in a large roasting pan. This recipe, when adjusted, made almost 3 quarts! This is a wonderful recipe to use as an appetizer and knowing me, I'll turn back to using this recipe! Dawn E. Lowenstein

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Reviewed Dec. 21, 2012

The flavor is good, but not great. The butter and sugar make it more of a nutty caramel.

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 21, 2012

These were delicious and super easy. I used a mix of nuts (almonds, walnuts, and pecans). The second time I made them I added a bit of cardamom, chili powder, and extra cayenne b/c we like things spicy. Excellent as-is, even better with the extra kick.

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