Assorted nuts on star-shaped chopping board with title: Spiced Nuts Recipe: An All-Time Classic For the Holidays

Spiced Nuts Recipe: An All-Time Holiday Classic

Spiced Nuts are one of the best all-time classic holiday recipes. These will be one of the fastest “gone” items on your holiday table or buffet!

A friend of mine loved my Spiced Nuts recipe so much, he once commissioned me to make a batch for him every month for a year, using 12 different nutmeats and seeds, and ship to him 2,800 miles away.

We called them the “12 Nuts of Christmas”! To make them I used all of the familiar culinary grade nuts and seeds found in most supermarkets:

  • Almond
  • Brazil Nut
  • Cashew
  • Hazelnut/ Filbert
  • Macadamia
  • Peanut
  • Pecan
  • Pine Nut
  • Pistachio
  • Pumpkin Seed
  • Sunflower Seed
  • Walnut

If I’ve got your mouth watering at the thought of all that nutty goodness, here’s my special holiday spicy nuts recipe:

Classic Spiced Nuts Recipe


  • 1 pound nut halves, or whole nuts (any kind)
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract


In a large bowl, combine brown sugar, cinnamon, cloves, and ginger. Mix well.

In another bowl, add the egg and vanilla and beat until foamy. Add nuts to egg mixture, stirring to moisten all halves.

Add moistened nuts to the dry spice mixture, working quickly to coat all nuts evenly.

Spread spice-coated nuts on baking sheet prepared with cooking spray. Bake in a preheated oven at 300 degrees F for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally until golden brown.

Once toasted, quickly remove spiced nuts from oven and baking sheet so they don’t continue to brown. Cool completely, and store in an airtight container away from light and heat.

Package in plastic bags, Mason jars, or decorated tins for gift giving or heap in your favourite bowls for serving.

My friend has long since passed away, but I still remember him every time I make this Spiced Nuts recipe. It’s truly an all-time holiday classic.

Happy Cookbooking,


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