‘Tis the season for sugar and spice!
I love making a big batch of party nuts for snacking on, even if the ‘party’ is just at my desk. Recently they became an accidental lunch because I was too focused on work and not very inspired by the thought of another avocado toast.
These definitely make a great gift, especially for people who eschew super-sweet confections like fudge. These nuts are barely sweet with just a kiss of brown sugar and delicately spiced.
This recipe requires very little prep. Simply choose three cups of your favorite nuts and toss them together. I used pecans, cashews and walnuts. I also added a cup of dried cranberries which I think is season-appropriate and adds a nice chewy bite. Then coat the nuts in beaten egg white and toss in spice mixture.
Toast those babies in a hot oven!
These party nuts look pretty in a clear bail and trigger jar, and they’ll stay fresh that way, too! You can find the jars at most home goods stores or online. I also like to serve them in a bowl with these bamboo cones close by. Party guests can scoop up a few in a cone to carry them as they mingle.
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Easy Spiced Party Nuts
- 1 egg white
- 1/4 cup 60g light brown sugar, packed
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon allspice
- 1 cup 4.5 oz salted cashews
- 1 cup 4.5 oz pecan halves
- 1 cup 4.4 oz walnut halves
- 1 cup 5 oz dried cranberries
- Preheat the oven to 300°F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Whisk the egg white in a small bowl until foamy; set aside.
- In a separate small bowl, combine the sugar and spices. In a large bowl combine the nuts and cranberries; toss together. Add the egg white to the nuts and stir with a rubber spatula, turning the nuts over repeatedly until they are coated with the egg white. Sprinkle the spice mixture over the nuts and toss to coat.
- Pour the nut mixture onto the prepared pan and spread into a single even layer. Bake for 15-20 minutes, stirring once halfway through cook time, until golden brown and fragrant. Allow the nuts to cool completely on the pan. Transfer them to one large 4-cup bail-and-hinge jar, or gift in four 1-cup (8 oz.) canning jars.
Oooh, this is great for gifting! And it's simple too for the kitchen newbie like me!
Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog
Yum! What a fun gift idea!
I love this spiced party nuts. I wanna gift them to some vegetarian friends so, how can I replace the egg whites?
Four years later and this is by far my favourite spiced nut recipe. I’ve made it countess times for myself and for gifts and never been disappointed
Thank you so much for rating this recipe! I’m glad you enjoy it as much as we do.