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Spicy sugared mixed nuts

Spicy Sugared Mixed Nuts

  • Author: She's Almost Always Hungry
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x


These sugared nuts are great for snacking or to serve with drinks after dinner. Chopped, they make a great topping for desserts or ice cream.



2/3 cup plus 2 teaspoons sugar, divided

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

1/41/2 teaspoon ground cayenne, to taste

1/4 teaspoons kosher salt, optional

6 tablespoons water

11/2 cups unsalted mixed nuts


Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.

In a small bowl, combine 2 teaspoons of sugar with the cinnamon, ground cayenne, and kosher salt. Set aside.

Over medium heat, in a medium saucepan or small non-stick skillet, combine the remaining 2/3 cup sugar with the water. Bring to a boil.

Carefully add the mixed nuts to the sugar syrup. Stir frequently for 8-10 minutes until the liquid evaporates. Continue to stir for 2-3 minutes, until the sugar begins to caramelize.

Sprinkle the cinnamon mixture over the nuts and stir to combine.

Carefully pour the nuts onto the prepared baking sheet, separating with a spatula.

Cool completely. Store in an airtight container.


Be careful when making these nuts, especially with children, as it involves cooking with boiling sugar syrup.

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Snacks
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1/4 cup
  • Calories: 305.27
  • Sugar: 23.53 g.
  • Sodium: 102.26 g.
  • Fat: 18.63 g.
  • Saturated Fat: 2.49 g.
  • Carbohydrates: 32.76 g.
  • Fiber: 3.34 g.
  • Protein: 6.25 g.
  • Cholesterol: 0

Keywords: nuts, sugar, cinnamon, cayenne