These are the best homemade candied mixed nuts you’ll ever eat! The recipe requires only a few ingredients and is ready in less than 20 minutes from start to finish. And they make a fantastic holiday snack!
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Why You’ll Love This
- These candied mixed nuts couldn’t be any easier to make!
- The recipe requires just a few ingredients and you can add any nuts to the mixture.
- They only take 20-minutes to make from start to finish.
- It’s the perfect holiday snack to eat or gift during the holidays.
- Add these candied mixed nuts to any charcuterie board for a sweet treat.
- Makes for a super sweet hostess gift too! – bottle these up in a mason jar and tie a ribbon around the lid. So cute!
Ingredients & Substitutions
Roasted Nuts – Be sure to buy raw, unsalted nuts for this recipe. Whenever I make this mix I always gravitate to almonds, pecans, and walnuts. You can switch it up and try any nut variation. I’ve never tried this with peanuts but I think it would be delicious!
Sugar – granulated sugar works great in this recipe, but you can substitute for 1:1 light brown sugar.
Cinnamon + Nutmeg – these add the best kick of cozy and festive flavor.
Cumin + Cayenne Pepper – Both of these spices pack all the flavor and a little bit of heat. This mix helps balance all of the sweetness from the cinnamon and sugar. If you don’t have either of these on hand, I have used smoked paprika and the mix turned out great.
Coconut Oil – Gives it that extra smooth flavor to help coat the nuts with the sugar and spices. You can use butter if you prefer, but coconut oil for all the dairy-free people.
In a medium bowl combine almonds, walnuts, and pecans and set aside. Feel free to mix up the types of nuts used in the recipe.
Next, mix the dry ingredients in a small bowl and slowly pour in the water and melted coconut oil. Mix until the sugar starts to dissolve into a liquid consistency.
Pour the sugar mixture over the nuts and mix completely. Transfer coated nuts to a prepared baking sheet with parchments paper or rubber mat. I prefer to use parchment paper which is always an easier cleanup.
Bake for 12-15 minutes. Once nuts are out of the oven, immediately give them a quick toss and let sit before transferring them to your serving bowl.
Top with cinnamon (optional) & ENJOY!
Tips for Success
When baking the nuts, be sure to not overbake. Baking time will vary by oven, but do keep an eye on them to avoid burning. Just light golden brown is what you are looking for.
Line the sheet pan with parchment paper to prevent the nuts from sticking to pan. And it makes for a mess-free cleanup.
Store nuts in the fridge during the summer months and in a container at room temperature in the colder months.
Freeze nuts for up to 3 months in the freezer if you don’t plan to eat all of them at once.
What to Serve With
- This mix is great paired with a charcuterie board.
- Toss in some chocolate chips or m&ms to make this mix even more sweet!
- They make the perfect holiday gift!
- Jar these up and tie a ribbon around the jar – its the cutest hotestes gift.
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Candied Mixed Nuts
- 1 cup almonds
- 1 cup walnuts
- 1 cup pecans
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 tbsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1/4 tsp cumin
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 tbsp coconut oil melted
- Preheat over to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a medium bowl, combine the almonds, walnuts, and pecans and set aside.
- Next mix the dry ingredients in a small bowl and slowly pour in the water and melted coconut oil.
- Pour the sugar mixture over the nuts and mix until all the nuts are coated.
- Transfer the nuts to the prepared baking sheet and bake for 12-15 minutes.
- Once the nuts are out of the oven, immediately gift them a quick toss. Then transfer them to your serving bowl.
- Lightly dust the nuts with a little cinnamon. This is optional, but the perfect finishing touch for these holiday nuts.