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Contest-Winning Sugar ‘n’ Spice Nuts

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 30 min.


3-1/2 cups

My daughters, grandkids and just about everyone who visits me look forward to this mix of crunchy spiced nuts recipe during the holidays. And tucked in colorful tins, it makes a handy last-minute gift idea for busy hostesses or drop-in visitors. —Joan Klinefelter, Utica, Illinois
Contest-Winning Sugar 'n' Spice Nuts Recipe photo by Taste of Home
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  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 large egg white
  • 1 cup salted cashews
  • 1 cup pecan halves
  • 1 cup dry roasted peanuts
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries


  1. In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar, cinnamon and cayenne; set aside. In a large bowl, whisk egg white; add nuts and cranberries. Sprinkle with sugar mixture and toss to coat. Spread in a single layer on a greased baking sheet.
  2. Bake at 300° until golden brown, 18-20 minutes, stirring once. Cool. Store in an airtight container.

Nutrition Facts

1/4 cup: 211 calories, 16g fat (2g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 161mg sodium, 13g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 2g fiber), 5g protein.

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  • Mia
    Jan 3, 2021

    Love this recipe! Easy and tasty. I used pecans, walnuts and cashews and added extra cayenne (I like it spicy haha). Great to snack on or sprinkle on top of salads. A+! Thanks!

  • Susie
    Dec 6, 2020

    This is excellent!! I am not a fan of cranberries at all so instead I used dried cherries and it was excellent!! <3

  • aug2295
    Dec 29, 2019

    Loved this easy to make snack! I enjoyed the different textures from the pecans and cashews, along with the peanuts and cranberries. Made a great trail mix and an awesome addition to my holiday appetizer table.

  • mg3works4me
    Mar 2, 2016

    I just now made this, because I had a lot of cashews to use and needed a tv snack idea. Yummy and easy! I wasn't able to follow the recipe exactly because I had no peanuts or cranberries, but I used extra unsalted cashews, extra pecans, and raisins instead of cranberries. My nuts were unsalted so I added a little salt to the spice mix to make up for it. The seasonings are really nice - not too hot, and don't worry if the nuts don't seem crispy enough right out of the oven, they are just right when cooled. I didn't even have much sticking on the pan. This recipe really is easy and adaptable and just plain good!

  • d2kcb01
    Jan 3, 2016

    I forgot to turn them over halfway through cooking and they were still great. Pretty easy to make also. I could have been just as happy without the dry roasted nuts. Pecans and walnuts are my favorites. Might try using just those two nuts the next time.

  • bucking_cowgirl_007
    Jan 23, 2014

    No comment left

  • Kasha
    Jan 2, 2014

    Quick easy and good

  • joedebfry
    Dec 21, 2012

    I just made these in preparation for a Christmas Eve party. After sampling, I'm going to make a 2nd batch right away!

  • UpToMe123
    Sep 28, 2012

    I made this recipe last fall. My husband took some to work. Three guys asked for the recipe. When I made it the second time, I split the batch and sent some home with both of my adult kids. They've been begging me to make more. Very, very good recipe!

  • pastagrammie
    Jul 3, 2012

    Great recipe,easy to assemble, no mess. What's not to like? I used parchment paper, no sticking. Will make again. Thanks Joan