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Give the gift of maple cinnamon spiced nuts this holiday season! I can think of a million reasons why you should have these at your next dinner party or why you should gift them to friends, but the most important reason is because they’re absolutely the most delightful holiday treat that smell phenomenal.

Maple Cinnamon Spiced Nuts are perfect for holiday gift giving and year-round snacking! Recipe on tablefortwoblog.com

Maple cinnamon spiced nuts

One of my favorite things about holiday time is the scent.

You know, that nostalgic smell that brings you back to childhood or brings you back to a certain time.

I feel like the holidays have so much SMELL.

Cinnamon, pine, snow, firewood, peppermint; there’s just so much! It’s interesting how a specific scent can evoke so much emotion.

Just like hearing that song on the radio that you haven’t heard in years; but as soon as you hear it, it brings you right back and you remember the exact time and moment and you can swear you’re there.

That’s kind of how I feel about these maple cinnamon spiced nuts.

I remember going through the city or mall with my parents when I was young and smelling these amazing spiced nuts.

I have always wondered how they were able to make it smell so good.

I loved the sweet and spicy note that they gave off. It was a nice marketing ploy to have this amazing smell lure you to the stands.

I never attempted to make them because I thought, if this is something you only really see at kiosks or street cars, it must be something that’s hard to make. Ha, my naive mind.

Most food items are easy to make, which is why they sell them. After some researching and testing, I came up with this version and oh my gosh, you seriously have got to make this for every family member and friend.

What do spiced nuts taste like?

They’re sweet but they have a kick of spice.

But the “spice” is kind of like a warm spice, not something that your mouth would be on fire over.

Maple Cinnamon Spiced Nuts are perfect for holiday gift giving and year-round snacking! Recipe on tablefortwoblog.com

Do you have to use egg whites?

Yes, this is what coats the nuts and what the cinnamon sugar and spices will stick to.

If you can’t have egg, you could try to do it with aquafaba; which is the liquid from a can of chickpeas!

What other nuts could I use for spiced nuts?

Pecans and almonds are the best nuts to use with this but if you want, you can also use walnuts and hazelnuts.

Maple Cinnamon Spiced Nuts are perfect for holiday gift giving and year-round snacking! Recipe on tablefortwoblog.com

How would you store spiced nuts?

I love putting these in glass jars around the house so when guests come they can snag some.

They also well in open bowls for several days.

How long do these last?

Haha, in our house? Not very long.

But, these last quite a while if you store them correctly.

About a month or so or even longer!

How would you gift spiced nuts?

Put them in mason jars and tie a red ribbon around it!

Christmas gift, done.

Stocking stuffer, done.

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Other creative homemade edible gift ideas:

Christmas Crack

Grandma’s Chex Mix

Maple Peanut Brittle

Candied Bacon Nut Brittle

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Maple Cinnamon Spiced Nuts

Give the gift of maple cinnamon spiced nuts this holiday season! I can think of a million reasons why you should have these at your next dinner party or why you should gift them to friends, but the most important reason is because they’re absolutely the most delightful holiday treat that smell phenomenal.
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 30 mins
Total Time: 35 mins
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Servings (adjustable, but please note that results, timing, and cookware may vary when adjusting servings): 6
Calories: 459kcal
Author: Julie Chiou

Ingredients

  • 1 egg white
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 cups pecans
  • 1 cup almonds
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon cardamom
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl beat the egg white until frothy with the maple syrup.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together sugar, salt, cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, and cayenne pepper.
  • Pour the pecans and almonds into the bowl of the egg white and maple syrup. Toss the nuts and coat them well.
  • Pour the bowl of the sugar and spices over the nuts and toss and make sure everything is coated well with the spice mixture.
  • Pour the entire bowl onto the lined baking sheet and spread in an even layer.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes, occasionally turning the nuts so they don’t burn.
  • Store in an airtight container.

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Notes

I’ve made this with 2 cups pecans and 2 cups almonds before (so 4 cups nuts total). I also have made them with 4 cups all almonds. The amount of egg white you get from an egg is extremely different, given that every egg is different.
If you feel that there is too much egg white after you’ve poured in all the nuts according to the recipe above, you can add more nuts (gives you more treats!). The seasoning amount stays the same.
These bake in 20-30 minutes. Different ovens yield different bake times. I have baked them for 30 minutes in one oven, 20 in another, and 25 minutes in another. All different ovens. With that said, please watch your baking and do stir them frequently as just leaving them to bake without monitoring them will cause them to burn.
Nutrition Facts
Maple Cinnamon Spiced Nuts
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 459 Calories from Fat 333
% Daily Value*
Fat 37g57%
Carbohydrates 31g10%
Fiber 7g28%
Sugar 23g26%
Protein 9g18%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. 
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Edith

Wednesday 18th of December 2019

This was ok, but not great.If I make it again, I'll increase the spices (but not the sugar) by at least 50%. Be aware that upon cooling this turns into brittle and you'll need to break it up (by hand) to get individually coated nuts.

Mara

Sunday 8th of December 2019

These are so good. Gave them as gifts last year and plan to again this year. Thank you!

Sarah

Saturday 7th of December 2019

Oh Julie ?????? You hit it out of the park here. These nuts are TASTY!!!! I can barely stop eating them. I only had pecans on hand and used about 3 1/2 cups and it was perfect. The combination of spices is so delicious and my favorite part is that hint of heat (from the cayenne) on the back of my throat after eating a few - it keeps you coming back for more. I will definitely be making these again ??

Kalyn

Monday 24th of December 2018

But they smell delicious!

Kalyn

Monday 24th of December 2018

Mine are in the oven and seem very sticky, too moist after 25min. Will they crunch up when cooled?

Julie Wampler

Monday 24th of December 2018

Yep, they should crust and the exterior firm up after they cool; I've also put them in longer at 30 minutes before.