Savoury Candied Nuts | Holiday Entertaining

With Christmas right around the corner this recipe is just what a season full of celebrations and gatherings calls for. It's savoury with a little sweet, super easy to make and can work for so many holiday occasions. It's perfect for apres meal with drinks, before dinner snacking, host or hostess gifting, neighbourhood treats and bonfire gatherings. All you have to do is pick the nut mixture you want, stir and bake-now how great is that!


(feel free to pick any type of nut combination you like in proportional substitution)

1/4 cup butter

2 tbsp brown sugar

1 1/2 tsp cinnamon (*I love cinnamon so I tend to like a stronger presence of this flavour-add less if you prefer)

1/4 tsp chipolte pepper

1/4 tsp all spice

1/4 tsp nutmeg

1/4 tsp ground cloves

1 cup almonds

1 cup walnuts

1 cup cashews

Heat oven to 350 F, line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a large bowl add all of the nuts, in a separate small bowl add all of the spices and sugar, mix them together. Melt the butter in small bowl in the microwave in 20-30 second intervals until fully liquid. Pour the butter over the nuts and toss them in it. Add the spice/sugar mixture to the nuts and mix several times ensuring all of the nuts are coated.

Pour the nuts onto the baking sheet and spread them out into a single layer. Bake for 10-15 minutes (stirring halfway). I would start checking the mixture at 10 minutes for sure if you opt to bake them longer so as to avoid burning the sugar coating, you only want it to caramelize. Serve warm or at room temperature, once completely cooled the spice/sugar coating sets and becomes crunchy (and a little less messy to enjoy;).

I packed up a few of ours into little Kraft paper bags so they were transportable and easy to munch on while plunked down in front of the fire. I'm picturing a bunch of these bags piled into a large tray and placed outside with something warm to drink next to a large roaring fire at our country house for Christmas seasons to come!