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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

Put them in mason jars and tie a red ribbon around it. Christmas gift, done. Stocking stuffer, done. And this is not just any old spiced nuts, these are marvelous. I don’t know how to describe to you how addicting they are. I bet you family and friends will ask you for these over and over again. And it’s totally up to you if you want to share the recipe or if you want them to think you slaved over this :)

Maple Cinnamon Spiced Nuts
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
35 mins

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.

Servings: 6
  • 1 egg white
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 cups pecans
  • 1 cup almonds
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp cardamom
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl beat the egg white until frothy with the maple syrup.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together sugar, salt, cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, and cayenne pepper.
  4. Pour the pecans and almonds into the bowl of the egg white and maple syrup. Toss the nuts and coat them well.
  5. Pour the bowl of the sugar and spices over the nuts and toss and make sure everything is coated well with the spice mixture.
  6. Pour the entire bowl onto the lined baking sheet and spread in an even layer.
  7. Bake for 30 minutes, occasionally turning the nuts so they don't burn.
  8. Store in an airtight container.

Posted on November 13, 2013

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  1. 11/13/2013 at 7:38 am

    I love spiced nuts and could plow through this whole bowl! ;)

  2. 11/13/2013 at 8:31 am

    Cinnamon + Maple nuts are my favorite holiday snack! These look so good!

  3. 11/13/2013 at 9:25 am

    Julie, I feel like you made these just for me. Mwah!!!

  4. 11/13/2013 at 9:52 am

    Those spiced nuts look and sound great! What perfect gifts for the holidays!

  5. 11/13/2013 at 9:58 am

    Give me your nuts. OH YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN.

  6. 11/13/2013 at 10:41 am

    sooooo doing that soon ! love xmas scents ! actually just bought a scented candle called “merry Xmas” in swedish it is like Santa moved in in our living room !

    • 11/13/2013 at 11:39 am

      Haha, that’s funny – make sure you have enough cookies! Maybe he’ll like these nuts instead? :) enjoy!

  7. 11/13/2013 at 11:11 am

    I need these in large quantities!! I would love to have these around during the holidays for everything from snacking to salads!

  8. 11/13/2013 at 11:45 am

    Great gift for sure! I bet the house smells absolutely amazing with these!

  9. 11/13/2013 at 11:57 am

    What a perfect gift, Julie! I’d have to make sure to make extra because I know I’d eat a batch by myself!

  10. Colleen
    11/13/2013 at 12:14 pm

    Julie – Love your recipes! The Maple Cinnamon Spiced Nuts sound great. How long will they keep? I wanted to make up some batches ahead of time.

    • 11/14/2013 at 8:43 am

      Thanks Colleen! They should keep up to 1 month or a little more. I wouldn’t make them like 3 months in advance though..I would say 1 month is good!

  11. 11/13/2013 at 1:05 pm

    I love these nuts! Wait. That didn’t sound right. :)

  12. Lisa
    11/13/2013 at 1:48 pm

    Perfect timing!! I was looking for Christmas ideas!! This is great!

    Thank you!

  13. 11/13/2013 at 2:08 pm

    Gorgeous, Julie! Your maple cinnamon spiced nuts looks as beautiful as they probably smell…heavenly! Love your photography here, girl. I must make several batches this holiday season. One can never have or give away enough sweetened spiced nuts! Thanks for sharing. Pinning tonight to group boards at Pinterest! xo

  14. 11/13/2013 at 3:35 pm

    I can always go for candied nuts, I love it even more that you spiced them!

  15. 11/13/2013 at 4:36 pm

    Such a cute and simple holiday gift idea! BTW I’m totally stealing that bowl when you’re not looking lol. And I totally agree with the memories. A song, a scent, a name or location – totally – good and bad.

  16. Oh yes, you convinced me!

  17. I feel the same way about the scents of the Holidays! Cinnamon and Maple and Caramel, Pine and orange all make me think of Christmas. I do love to give homemade presents and these Nuts look wonderful!! I just pinned you to my Holiday Gifts board!

  18. 11/14/2013 at 12:42 am

    These look incredibly addictive and what a great gift idea!

  19. 11/14/2013 at 2:56 am

    Okay, I`m SOOO making these. I snack on peanuts, almonds, cashews, etc ALL THE TIME. I would LOVE this.

  20. 11/14/2013 at 4:40 am

    I absolutely love giving these out for Christmas! I remember my mom doing this for neighbours, and it would make the whole house smell absolutely lovely. I’m definitely making it a tradition in our new home this holiday : D

  21. 11/14/2013 at 12:05 pm

    I love candied nuts, and these look especially good.

  22. 11/14/2013 at 12:25 pm

    Thank you so much for this recipe! These are going to accompany my homemade holiday gifts of bottled vanillas. Of course I’ll need to make a test batch first. Yum!

    • 11/15/2013 at 9:06 am

      Thanks, Cindy! Your recipients are going to love it :) enjoy!

  23. 11/14/2013 at 12:29 pm

    This look mighty tasty Julie. These pictures are so beautiful I can almost smell them. I’m picturing using these on a salad with a maple mustard vinaigrette and butternut squash soup on the side. Yum!

  24. 11/15/2013 at 7:07 am

    I could eat these sweet nuts by the bucket full!

  25. 11/15/2013 at 8:55 am

    I know exactly what you mean about nostalgic smells Julie! I just impulse both an enormous Christmas tree scented Yankee candle and practically burnt my nose on it, lol. I definitely cannot be trusted around nuts. Wait, that didn’t sound right…

  26. 11/15/2013 at 6:30 pm

    Pretty sure I’d eat the whole batch of these before I even got around to giving them away to people but it would be WORTH IT. They look so yummy!

  27. 11/18/2013 at 12:27 am

    I’d love these on top of a salad, or just as they are but I love nutty salads!

  28. 11/18/2013 at 7:20 pm

    Yum- need to try

  29. 11/19/2013 at 12:00 am

    Ok I need these in my life ASAP!!

  30. 11/23/2013 at 11:55 pm

    These are calling out to me, yum! I bet these would get addicting ;)

  31. Kelly Ray
    12/04/2013 at 8:23 am

    Oh oh oh Julie!!! I made these last night as a trial run for Christmas gifts…just one word…AMAZING. They turned out so pretty and delicious…will work perfectly for a treat at our Christmas Party this weekend. Thanks for another great recipe and an even better gift idea!

    • 12/04/2013 at 8:40 am

      I’m so glad these turned out amazing for you, Kelly! These are seriously one of my favorite holiday treats!!

  32. Colleen
    12/04/2013 at 12:41 pm

    Julie – I made these over the weekend and OMG!!! They are FANTASTIC!!! I don’t care for nutmeg so I substituted additional cinnamon and they still taste great. I was going to give some away as Christmas treats but now I want to keep them all for myself. Going to make another batch soon…..we”ll see if they last until Christmas! ;-)

    • 12/04/2013 at 8:25 pm

      So glad you loved this Colleen! They definitely didn’t last long in my house. I want to make a double batch next time :)

  33. Joyce Austin
    12/24/2013 at 9:58 am

    is there something i can substitute for cardamon? This is a very expensive spice and I don’t use in anything else. Thanks

    • 12/24/2013 at 1:38 pm

      Hi Joyce! You can substitute ground cloves for cardamom! Enjoy :)

  34. amy K
    08/04/2014 at 3:36 pm

    could I use honey instead of the sugar?? We try and eat Paleo/clean. Want to stay away from processed sugar. thanks!!

    • Julie
      08/05/2014 at 7:23 am

      Hi Amy, you could certainly try with honey but the sugar is what gives these nuts some of that crunchy crust.

  35. 11/13/2014 at 11:11 am

    Julie, these look amazing! And so easy! I’m going to serve them as an appetizer this Thanksgiving.

    • Julie
      11/13/2014 at 2:40 pm

      They’d be great for Thanksgiving!

  36. Anna
    11/20/2014 at 12:04 am

    Hi Julie! These look amazing, I would like to make them for Christmas presents. Do I need to buy raw almonds/pecans? I’m assuming I don’t want anything roasted… Thank you!

    • Julie
      11/20/2014 at 8:11 am

      Yes, buy raw :) definitely not pre-roasted!

      • Anna
        11/20/2014 at 9:34 am

        Sorry, I realized a second question. Can I use liquid egg whites instead of separating eggs? I’m planning of making a very large batch of these.

      • Julie
        11/20/2014 at 4:47 pm

        Yes, that will work!

  37. 11/24/2014 at 12:09 pm

    Can’t wait to make this recipe! We featured this recipe in our Feature Friday blog post last week for Cinnamon and Spice Desserts! I hope you can visit!

  38. laura g
    12/21/2014 at 8:02 pm

    I made these last year as gifts for all my extended family, and I’m making them again this year because I got so many requests!

    • Julie
      12/22/2014 at 7:54 am

      Yay!! So happy to hear :) Happy Holidays!

  39. Laura
    12/22/2014 at 10:07 pm

    Will this recipe work without the oven? I’m wondering if I could just set them out to dry overnight. (I burnt the first batch, even with tossing them frequently.)

    • Julie
      12/23/2014 at 7:37 am

      No, it won’t work. The oven cooks the egg whites. If you just set them out, you’re going to be eating raw egg whites.

  40. Carolyn
    12/23/2014 at 12:22 pm

    I made these and they started to burn after 10 minutes! I think the oven temp is too high.

    • Julie
      12/23/2014 at 1:59 pm

      They shouldn’t. I’ve had numerous people with success with this recipe, including myself, which is why I posted the recipe. How high are your oven racks in the oven? That could potentially be an issue. Sorry they burned on you!

    • Julie
      12/23/2014 at 2:09 pm

      Oh, also, forgot to mention/ask – were you cooking on them on 350 degrees Fahrenheit?

      • Carolyn
        12/23/2014 at 3:57 pm

        Yes it was 350F. I have a very similar recipe that calls for 275F for one hour and to stir every 20 minutes. I was able to salvage most of them and they are delicious, but some did burn.

  41. Sharon
    12/19/2015 at 3:30 pm

    The recipe is very easy and my house smells amazing! I will make the next batch (tomorrow) with a bit more sugar, these were not quite sweet enough for my taste, but they are very good as is and definitely addictive. Thank you!

  42. vaishalli chandra
    12/27/2015 at 11:21 pm

    Tried these on Christmas day. Loved it. I did tweak a little since I didn’t have cayenne pepper on hand, used paprika.
    Family & friends loved it so much that the entire batch I baked is gone. Turned out as a perfect little gift too :).
    Thank you, Julie!

  43. Sandy
    11/20/2016 at 8:22 pm

    Made them for a trial run giving them to family friends, co-workers. They all absolutely Loved them!
    Thank You very much for putting up this recipe!
    Giving them for Christmas presents, Awesome!
    It’s gonna be a home made, personal gift giving year.. ☺

    • Julie
      11/21/2016 at 9:18 pm

      So wonderful to hear!

  44. Elaine
    11/28/2016 at 12:09 pm

    I am hoping to make these as gifts this Christmas. A question – Do you use pure maple syrup or something like Log Cabin? Thank you.

    • Julie
      11/28/2016 at 12:25 pm

      Use pure maple syrup!

  45. Sandy
    11/29/2016 at 1:42 pm

    Awesome recipe! Thank you for sharing. ☺

  46. Silvia
    11/30/2016 at 3:39 am

    It looks so tasty!!! Amazing idea for Christmas gifts! Do you think I could use hazelnuts, walnuts, cashew, almonds instead of pecan nuts?
    Thanks for sharing your receipt

    • Julie
      12/01/2016 at 6:41 am

      Yes, you could really use any nuts you’d like!

  47. Sandy
    12/25/2016 at 12:09 pm

    Wonderful and simple recipe!

  48. Amy
    12/30/2016 at 6:18 pm

    I’ve made these twice now. They are incredibly easy and super delicious. Thanks for a great recipe!

  49. Sandy
    04/02/2017 at 1:59 am

    Been making these for a few months now, absolutely LOVE them! Easy to make and loved by everyone. Made them for gifts and family.
    Sorry for the delay with my feedback..Awesone recipe! Thank you for putting it up.

    • Julie
      04/03/2017 at 6:02 pm

      I’m so glad you like it!

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