Spicy Peanuts

Total Time

Prep: 10 min. Bake: 20 min.


3 cups

Updated: Jun. 30, 2023
Liven up plain peanuts with a sweet-and-spicy blend of flavors from sugar, cumin and cayenne pepper. You'll want to double...or triple...this spicy peanuts recipe! —Holly Kunkle, Walton, Kentucky


  • 1 jar (16 ounces) unsalted dry-roasted peanuts
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder


  1. Place peanuts in a small bowl; drizzle with oil and toss to coat. Combine sugar and seasonings; sprinkle over nuts and toss to coat.
  2. Transfer to an ungreased 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Bake at 300° for 20-25 minutes or until lightly browned, stirring occasionally.
  3. Spread on waxed paper to cool. Store in an airtight container.
Spicy Peanuts Tips

Can you use different types of peanuts in this recipe?

This recipe uses unsalted dry-roasted peanuts. However, feel free to use whatever peanuts you can find. Oil-roasted and salted will work just fine, but consider starting with less salt when making the seasoning mix.

How do you serve spicy peanuts?

These spiced peanuts will be a big hit at your next party! The recipe is perfect for holidays, Super Bowl parties, tailgating or even to wrap to give as gifts. They are also a great addition to a cheese or charcuterie board.

How long will spicy peanuts last?

For the best flavor and texture, store these peanuts in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week. If you want to keep the spicy peanuts for longer, store them in a sealed freezer container up to 3 months.

Alicia Rooker, RDN, Taste of Home Senior Recipe Editor/Recipe Tester

Nutrition Facts

1/3 cup: 335 calories, 28g fat (4g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 266mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 4g fiber), 12g protein.