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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!

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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 friends, neighbors, co-workers, delivery service 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 for Maple Cinnamon Spiced Nuts

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 – you’ll want to use the real good stuff, not the pancake syrup with corn syrup in it.
  • Pecans – buy whole, raw unsalted pecans for this recipe. You’ll be roasting them in the oven.
  • Almonds – same with almonds. Buy whole, raw, unsalted 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. I love using this in this recipe because people always ask what that little hint of spice and tickle in the back of their throat is.
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.

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.

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

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.

FAQs

Can I use other nuts in this?

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

My nuts are burned, what did I do wrong?

There are several reasons why this may have happened.
1. Your baking racks are too high so your baking sheets are set too high in the oven causing the nuts to bake too fast and hotter.
2. Your oven runs hot and has hot spots. Invest in an oven thermometer to make sure the temperature that is set on your oven is what is inside the oven.
3. You should keep an eye on the nuts and stir them frequently.
4. Use a light colored baking sheet, not a dark one.

Can I use liquid egg whites instead of an egg’s egg white?

Yes! I do this all the time because I eat egg whites for breakfast a lot. 3 tablespoons = 1 egg white.

There’s a decent amount of egg white mixture left after adding the nuts. Can I add more?

Yes! I do this all the time. If it looks like there is more egg white mixture to go around, definitely add more nuts. The seasoning amount stays the same. You’ll just get more yield from this recipe — which is a good thing!

How to Store and Gift

Allow the spiced nuts to cool completely then store in an airtight container or glass jars for up to one month at room temperature. Truthfully, I’ve stored them longer than a month but follow what you think is right.

To make them as gifts: put them into small glass jars and tie a red ribbon around the neck with a gift tag. Place them into a gift bag along with another gift (or not) and see how happy your recipient is with your edible gift! I sometimes also print out the recipe (below) onto cute index cards and put them in the gift bags as well. I have also printed out gift tags with the recipe link to save space and to send folks to my website!

Spiced nuts in glass jar with nuts scattered in foreground

Other creative homemade edible gift ideas:

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Maple Cinnamon Spiced Nuts

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

Ingredients 

  • 1 egg white
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 3 cups (297 g) pecans
  • 2 cup (286 g) almonds
  • ½ cup (100 g) 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 (177 °C) 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.
    whisking egg white and maple syrup in a large metal bowl
  • Pour the pecans and almonds into the bowl of the egg white and maple syrup. Toss the nuts and coat them well.
    covering raw almonds and pecans in foamy egg white and maple syrup mixture in a large metal bowl
  • In a small bowl, whisk together sugar, salt, cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, and cayenne pepper.
    whisking together cinnamon sugar spice mixture in a clear bowl
  • Pour the bowl of the sugar and spices over the nuts and toss and make sure everything is coated well with the spice mixture.
    sprinkling cinnamon spice mixture on top of nuts in a metal bowl
  • Pour the entire bowl onto the lined baking sheet and spread in an even layer.
    spreading spiced nuts into an even layer on a metal baking sheet
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes, occasionally turning the nuts so they don't burn.
  • Store in an airtight container.

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Notes

If using liquid egg whites. 3 tablespoons liquid egg whites = 1 egg white.
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

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

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108 Comments

  1. I just made these with fresh peanuts OMG so good I didn’t have nutmeg so added extra cinnamon they are so good thank you for sharing.

  2. What a delicious recipe, made some as gifts for friends at Christmas and again today to take to another friend tomorrow. They are the best recipe I have tried by far. Thanks for sharing.

  3. How long do the last for? I am hoping everyone will love them and eat them quickly but just for my timing on making before giving as presents :)

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  4. I made a test run with this recipe today. I used walnuts rather than pecans and almonds, and they came out beautifully. Sweet and crunchy, nice cinnamon note, but I think I am going to try doubling the cayenne. I used a cooling rack sprayed with non-stick spray set on a cookie sheet to roast the nuts-this way no turning is necessary. This recipe is definitely a keeper, it’s perfect for Christmas gifts!

    1. Omg, so sorry — I recently switched recipe plugins and it didn’t convert this recipe for some reason. Anyway – it’s back! :) refresh your browser!