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Spicy Nuts – Great for Parties or Gifts!

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Spicy nuts can be made with any nuts you have on hand! They are easy, delicious, and perfect for your next party table or for gift-giving!

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The best part is they can be made in less than 15 minutes. If you have a spice lover in your house or on your gift list, they will thank you for these.

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Spicy nuts are a healthy snack

Did you know that pecans have been deemed healthier for you than any other tree nut? Tis true. This article explains the health benefits of pecans.

Pecans are heart-healthy, they are great for skin and hair, they are anti-carcinogenic, contain anti-inflammatory properties, and can even help you lose weight. For this reason alone, I always have some pecans in the freezer.

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How do you store Spicy Nuts to preserve flavor?

Notice I said freezer there? Store your opened nuts in an air-tight container, such as a half pint canning jar, in the freezer to prolong their freshness.

How to make them

  1. Toast nuts in the oven for about 10 minutes, until golden and fragrant.
  2. Place Sugar, salt, and cayenne pepper in a large bowl.
  3. Mix well.
  4. Place water, honey, and olive oil in a large skillet. Bring to a bubble.
  5. Coat nuts with the mixture.
  6. Once coated, transfer nuts to bowl and coat with sugar mixture,
  7. Turn Nuts onto cookie sheet in a single layer until dry. At least a few hours, or overnight.
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See how easy they actually are? These Spicy Nuts are an edible, from your heart, gift. Or they are a great appetizer for your guests, any time of the year!

Do you like to give edible gifts? It is one of my favorite things to share with friends and family! My Pickled Peppers are requested often, only second to my Cowboy Candy. Blackberry Syrup and Strawberry Jam are big favorites too!

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Enjoy! And have fun cooking!


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Spicy Nuts – Great for snacking or giving as gifts

Spicy nuts can be made in less than 15 minutes! They are great gifts for all of the spice lovers on your list!
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5 from 12 votes
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Course: Gift, Snack
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Drying time: 1 hour
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 20 servings
Calories: 83kcal
Author: Beth Neels
Cost: $10



  • Preheat oven to 350°F.  Place nuts in a single layer on cookie sheet, Toast for approximately 10 minutes, until golden and fragrant. Watch carefully so that they don’t burn. Check often.
  • While nuts toast, mix sugar, salt and cayenne in medium bowl.
  • In a large skillet, heat water, oil and honey over low heat. Combine. When mixture begins to bubble, add nuts and stir, coating all nuts in the liquid, until all of the liquid is absorbed.
  • Turn nuts into sugar and spice mixture and coat all sides.
  • Lay on cookie sheet, in a single layer and allow to air dry until they are not too sticky. Store in air tight jars. Freeze, if storing for more than a week.
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Be careful, not to burn the nuts. Watch them very closely.
Place warm nuts with topping in large, covered bowl. Shake to thoroughly coat.


Calories: 83kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Fat: 7g | Sodium: 174mg | Potassium: 42mg | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 45IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 0.3mg
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  1. 5 stars
    Pecans are my favourite and this sounds like a delicious gift. I’m not sure that I could part with them though!

  2. 5 stars
    I absolutely love this recipe especially that has got a little kick! Great for a gift too! Lovely!! Thanks for sharing this Beth!

  3. 5 stars
    Spicy nuts are a brilliant Christmas gift and always go down so well at Christmas. I alwys try to make some before all my family arrive to stay with us. These look lovely!

  4. 5 stars
    We snack a lot on nuts but I have never thought to spice them myself! Definitely want to try this. As you say a great gift idea!

  5. 5 stars
    What a wonderful recipe for presents! We love pecans and spice at our house, so we can’t wait to try them and possibly to make them for friends and family. How great that you let us know what pecans do for our bodies! (skin, hair, anticarcinogenic, anti-inflammatory properties and even lose weight.

  6. 5 stars
    Okay, I’ve got to make these as they look so delicious!!! And the best part is, I get to eat them all myself since hubby can’t eat spicy food! Win WIN!

    1. See? There you go! That’s perfect! You could make him his own batch with a tiny bit ancho chili powder! That is mild! Thanks Elaine!

  7. 5 stars
    We love nibbling on nuts but I never really think to add some spice as you have here – will have to give a try, especially like the idea for a slightly different gift.

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