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These maple cinnamon spiced nuts are sweet, fragrant, and just a touch spicy. They’re perfect for gifting but so good you’ll want to have them on hand year-round!

Spiced nuts in glass jar with nuts scattered in foreground

If you’ve ever walked around a mall, a farmer’s market, or a street vendor selling spiced nuts, you know exactly what they smell like. Nutty, sweet, with all those cozy, warm spices that beckon us to buy a bag to take home (or eat immediately). These maple cinnamon spiced nuts are my copycat version—and you’ll be surprised by how easy it is to make them! 

I’ve been making these spiced nuts for holiday gifts these past few years; they’re the kind of thing that’s perfect for neighbors, co-workers, and those distant relatives who are notoriously hard to shop for. Lately, I’ve been making them to keep on hand for snacking at home too. They make a great garnish for desserts (try them on my Apple Cinnamon Monkey Bread or Air Fryer Pumpkin Pie), salads, and even sweet-and-savory sides like Sweet Potato Casserole

Overhead view of maple cinnamon spiced nuts in glass jar

What You’ll Need

If you cook or bake often, you probably have most of the spices on hand for this recipe already.

  • Egg white – Don’t throw the yolk down the drain! My Chinese Curry Pockets use exactly one egg yolk, so you can make them for dinner after making your spiced nuts.
  • Maple syrup
  • Pecans – Buy whole, raw nuts for this recipe. You’ll be roasting them in the oven.
  • Almonds
  • Granulated sugar
  • Salt
  • Ground cinnamon
  • Cardamom
  • Nutmeg
  • Cayenne pepper – You can omit this if you’re worried about the heat level, or use a smaller amount.

What other nuts can I use?

Pecans and almonds are the best nuts for making spiced nuts, but if you want, you can also use walnuts, cashews, or hazelnuts.

Round gold spoon resting on sheet pan, filled with spiced nuts

How to Make Maple Cinnamon Spiced Nuts

I have to warn you before you make this: your house is going to smell amazing and it might just tempt you into eating a whole batch of these nuts as soon as you take them out of the oven. That’s understandable, but you should definitely let them cool a little bit first.

Prepare. Preheat your oven to 350ºF and line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.

Make the coating. Beat the egg white and maple syrup in a mixing bowl until frothy.

Mix the spices and sugar. Whisk the sugar, salt, cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, and cayenne pepper in a small bowl.

Coat the nuts. Place the pecans and almonds in the bowl with the egg white and maple syrup. Toss to coat, then pour in the sugar and spices; toss again.

Bake. Pour the nuts onto the prepared baking sheet, spreading them in an even layer. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, stirring the nuts occasionally so they don’t burn.

Spiced nuts on parchment-lined sheet pan

Tips for Success

Here are some hints and tips to help you make perfect maple cinnamon spiced nuts.

  • Vegan spiced nuts. If you want to make this recipe vegan, don’t just omit the egg white! You can use aquafaba instead, which is the liquid in canned chickpeas. Two tablespoons is roughly equivalent to one egg white.
  • Gifting tips. I usually put these spiced nuts in a mason jar and tie a ribbon around it for gifting. You can also scoop the nuts into a cellophane bag and tie it with a bow, or place them in decorative tins.
  • Make it your own. You can use five-spice powder, pumpkin pie spice, or any other spices you like. Just make sure the amount you use adds up to the same amount used in the recipe.

How to Store

You can keep these spiced nuts in glass jars or airtight containers for up to a month at room temperature. 

Other creative homemade edible gift ideas:

Spiced nuts in glass jar with nuts scattered in foreground
Round gold spoon resting on sheet pan, filled with spiced nuts

Maple Cinnamon Spiced Nuts

These maple cinnamon spiced nuts are sweet, nutty, and full of cozy spices. Perfect for holiday gifting!
4.67 from 6 votes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 10 servings
Author: Julie Chiou
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Ingredients 

  • 1 egg white
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 3 cups pecans
  • 2 cup almonds
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon cardamom
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper

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Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 °F 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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Recipe 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

Serving: 1 serving | Calories: 422 kcal | Carbohydrates: 23 g | Protein: 9 g | Fat: 36 g | Saturated Fat: 3 g | Trans Fat: 1 g | Sodium: 122 mg | Potassium: 341 mg | Fiber: 7 g | Sugar: 15 g

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Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cinnamon almonds, cinnamon pecans, edible gifts
Recipe Rating




Cheryl

Monday 21st of November 2022

The very best spiced nut recipe I have ever made. And I have tried a lot! No sticking and completely coated. Did not have to break apart. Spices were right on.

Barb

Friday 21st of January 2022

Just made this a few minutes ago; it's sooo good I had to push myself away from the table! I substituted almonds for cashews they are wonderful! I was eating the halfed pieces when boom the cayenne pepper made itself known. I'll definitely be making them again; thanks so much

Kathy

Friday 3rd of December 2021

This recipe was easy and delicious. Predicted the cayenne pepper as I prefer mild

Christa

Saturday 19th of December 2020

Absolutely perfect! After trying two other recipes which did not turn out well, I was so happy to come across this one and finally have them turn out! The other two did not use an egg white and maybe that is why they ended up being still a bit sticky even after cooking longer? Don't know but it doesn't matter because this recipe was perfect! I ended up using an extra half cup of nuts due to how much egg white there was and I used a homemade chai spice mix I had laying around that I wanted to use up. Thank you for the great recipe!

Kim

Friday 11th of December 2020

So good!! and a real hit with all of my coworkers and family at Thanksgiving and Christmas. I've used this recipe for years now; like she mentions depending on the egg white it usually stretches to AT LEAST 4 cups of nuts. Stirring them a couple times throughout the baking prevents them from sticking together too firmly. Thanks and blessings!