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Fancy Roasted Nuts

My kitchen is a busy place over the holidays, but I enjoy taking the time to make these nuts. They’re the perfect balance of sweet and spicy. —Valerie Belley, St. Louis, Missouri
  • Total Time
    Prep: 5 min. Bake: 35 min.
  • Makes
    4 cups


  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 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.

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  • delowenstein
    Jul 1, 2013

    I did make this recipe when this issue for Dec/January 2013 came out! I DID make modifications to suit my tastes & made the nuts & added 1 package miniature pretzels (12-oz.), 1/2 cup oil, 7-1/2 oz. package of crackers (cheese crackers) & reduced the amount of cayenne pepper to 1/2 tsp. I used 3/4 tsp. to 1 tsp. garlic SALT & 2 cups of mixed nuts-I don't recall having enough nuts, so I'd filled in with the crackers and pretzels. I've used a large roasting pan, rather than a 15x10x1" pan. For me, this arrangement works betterthan a 15x10x1" pan. I'm into making snack mixes with nuts added and the snack mixes are a hit with the people from my congregation at the coffee break on Sunday mornings! Thank you for sharing this recipe, Valerie! DELowenstein

  • luralu5357
    Feb 21, 2013

    I've made this recipe several times using walnuts, pecans and peanuts. It has just the right amount of sweet and spice. I even tried sprinkling a few over vanilla ice cream - yummmm!

  • Breg
    Feb 1, 2013

    I am always looking for a good recipe for roasted nuts. This is by far the best I've ever tried! They were a huge hit everywhere I took them this holiday season and now I'll be making them for our Super Bowl Party.

  • erinmarie78
    Dec 28, 2012

    These are tasty! I almost didn't put in the full amount of cayenne because I don't like things very spicy, but I stuck with the entire teaspoon and am very glad I did... there really isn't much heat to these, but 1 teaspoon was perfect. I used cashews instead of mixed nuts, personal preference. These nuts actually have a barbecued flavor... makes sense when you look at the ingredients I guess. The one thing I didn't like about this recipe is that the nuts turn out very grainy because of the sugar... I'd be more inclined to make these again if I maybe either added a little water so some of the sugar would dissolve... or maybe even try an egg white to coat the nuts first like I do for my cinnamon spiced almonds that I make. Overall this is a great and tasty recipe... if I can figure out how to make the sugar part less grainy, this would definitely be a 5-star recipe!

  • lhastiethumper
    Nov 21, 2012

    I'm not a big fan of mixed nuts, so I used just peanuts...but they are D-licious.