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Sugar 'n' Spice Nuts Recipe

Sugar 'n' Spice Nuts Recipe

To tell the truth, I can't recall where this recipe came from. It's been a regular in my holiday baking, though, for many years. Between Thanksgiving and New Year's, I hand these out to almost everybody—even the mailman's been known to find a batch in the mailbox! I moved from a big city as a bride. My husband soon persuaded me to enter baked goods at our county fair—now, our son, 8, is my cookie tester, and our daughter, 6, is the egg beater.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 45 min. YIELD:12 servings


  • 3 cups lightly salted mixed nuts
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 tablespoon orange juice
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange peel
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice


  • 1. Place nuts in a large bowl. In a small bowl, beat egg white and orange juice with a fork until foamy. Add the sugar, orange peel, cinnamon, ginger and allspice; mix well. Pour over nuts and stir to coat.
  • 2. Spread into an ungreased 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Bake at 275° for 45-50 minutes or until nuts are crisp and lightly browned, stirring every 15 minutes.
  • 3. Cool completely. Store in an airtight container. Yield: 4 cups.

Nutritional Facts

1/3 cup: 250 calories, 18g fat (2g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 234mg sodium, 20g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 3g fiber), 6g protein.

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carmelitanan User ID: 2707597 20252
Reviewed Jan. 4, 2013

"I had to adapt this recipe to ingredients that I had on hand. I used Craisins, almonds, pecans & walnuts. Because the nuts were not salted, I added 1 tsp Kosher salt to the sugar mixture. One more thing I'd like to add is that the egg white should be whisked with 1 TBSP water and whisked till very thick before adding nuts & fruit."

carmelitanan User ID: 2707597 29832
Reviewed Jan. 4, 2013

"This is definietly a 5 Star recipe. I've made this 4 or 5 times already. I would say its important that you whisk the egg white with 1 TBSP water till its thick before adding the nuts and fruit.

I had to adapt the recipe to ingredients I had in the house. I used Craisins, almonds, pecans & walnuts....because none of the nuts were salted, I added 1 tsp kosher salt to the sugar and spice mix."

Ava Gardner User ID: 5876361 29808
Reviewed Dec. 10, 2011

"These are awesome. You might as well make a double batch the first time around. The first batch was gone so quick I had to make another one."

Ava Gardner User ID: 5876361 4478
Reviewed Dec. 10, 2011

"I needed these nuts for an appetizer and my family ate them all. I had to make another batch. Next time I'll just double it. They really are awesome."

cordie22 User ID: 4708745 20050
Reviewed Dec. 24, 2009 Edited Jul. 6, 2017

"This recipe is super easy. The nuts are crisp and the coating is not too chunky like some I've seen. It's a great addition to my holiday treats, but I'll not reserve them for holidays only. They're good anytime you want a crunchy snack. Also great for gift giving.--Cordie22"

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