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Seasoned Mixed Nuts

These seasoned mixed nuts make great hostess gifts; or just tuck some in with a Christmas present. I often add another teaspoon of cardamom, a flavor we enjoy!—Judi Oudekerk, Buffalo, Minnesota
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    3-1/2 cups


  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/2 cup plus 3 tablespoons sugar, divided
  • 2 teaspoons ground cardamom
  • 1 cup salted cashews
  • 1 cup salted peanuts
  • 1 cup pecan halves


  • In a large heavy skillet, melt butter. Add 1/2 cup sugar; cook and stir over high heat until sugar is dissolved. Meanwhile, place cardamom and remaining sugar in a large bowl; set aside.
  • Reduce heat to medium; add the cashews, peanuts and pecans to butter mixture. Cook and stir until nuts are toasted, about 3 minutes. Add hot nuts to reserved cardamom mixture; toss to coat. Spread on foil to cool.
Nutrition Facts
1/3 cup: 349 calories, 27g fat (6g saturated fat), 12mg cholesterol, 196mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (16g sugars, 3g fiber), 8g protein.

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  • lengelfam
    Jan 7, 2012

    Wow! These nuts are amazing. My husband requests them all the time. I'm even going to experiment with the spices in the future. Perhaps cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice and cocoa powder. They make a great gift too. Sure beats paying for the overpriced specialty nuts in the store.

  • familybaker
    Dec 26, 2011

    Thought these very very good. Could I toast some almonds and add them in place of pecans? Hubby loves almonds while pecans do not rate high on his list?

  • theumpref
    Dec 25, 2011

    Excellent,they were a huge hit.Will definitely will make again.

  • justme56
    Dec 25, 2011

    why don't you just print it out?

  • Reno Dumond
    Dec 25, 2011

    I would like to have the recipe in writing for next time I want to make them

  • kristinscotth
    Nov 5, 2011

    This is my very favorite recipe for spiced nuts, and I've tried quite a few different recipes. I've tried ones where you're supposed to toss the nuts in foamy egg whites, and I think this recipe and way of preparing them is much better. It's very easy to make, and the cardamom adds such a nice flavor. I love making these nuts to put on a spinach salad with dried cranberries and feta cheese.

  • imhome2
    Dec 18, 2010

    do not make this recipe! we tried twice, and it never turned out, sugar and butter just clumped up! I'm sure there's something missing!

  • busdrivingmom
    Jan 2, 2010

    I'm not a big fan of the cardamom on the nuts. I get nothing but compliments from those I gave the nuts to for the holidays.

  • reeves4
    Dec 31, 2009

    These nuts are terrific! Easy to make and have a really nice flavor to them. Will definitely make them again.

  • WisGirl
    Dec 23, 2009

    Made for Thanksgiving 2009 and making again (by request) for Christmas 2009. Use a large pan, tried a smaller pan and handle bunches of nuts that I broke apart. No one really minded though.