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Sugar ‘n’ Spice Nuts

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. Bake: 45 min.


4 cups

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.


  • 3 cups lightly salted mixed nuts
  • 1 large egg white
  • 1 tablespoon orange juice
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange zest
  • 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 zest, 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.

Nutrition 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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  • Patrisha11
    Dec 28, 2017

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  • mamoonis
    Dec 16, 2017

    Malone Family Favorite. I make it for them every Christmas.

  • carmelitanan
    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
    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
    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
    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
    Dec 24, 2009

    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

  • kitchenmaid
    Dec 21, 2008

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