Sweet and Spicy Nuts Recipe

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Each Christmas, I fill jars with these special nuts, tie the top with a piece of colored ribbon and give them away as gifts. Everyone is always pleasantly surprised by their zesty taste.—Becky Cleveland, Waterville, Nova Scotia
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:9 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 9 servings


  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 cup whole unblanched almonds
  • 1 cup pecan halves
  • 1 cup pistachios or macadamia nuts

Nutritional Facts

1/3 cup: 298 calories, 27g fat (5g saturated fat), 10mg cholesterol, 335mg sodium, 10g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 4g fiber), 8g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, combine the first six ingredients; mix well. Add nuts and stir until coated. Spread evenly in an ungreased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan. Bake at 325° for 15-20 minutes, stirring two or three times. Spread on a waxed paper-lined baking sheet. Cool. Store in airtight container. Yield: 3 cups.
Originally published as Spiced Nuts in Country Woman November/December 1997, p35

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