How To Make Candied Nuts

How To Make Candied Nuts

Learn how to make candied nuts with simple ingredients. Use this easy recipe to make 3 different flavor variations. Great as snack or homemade gift!

Today, I am going to explain how to make candied nuts … the BEST nuts ever!

I love making them during the holidays because the house smells HEAVENLY…It’s intoxicating and gets us all in the holiday spirit ūüôā

This is an EASY recipe that comes from my Mom but I have tweaked it a bit and developed THREE more flavor variations: Coconut, Spiced and Coffee.

Pack these nuts in a mason jar with a cute printable and you have a wonderful HOMEMADE GIFT to give to your family and friends during Christmas and Thanksgiving.

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I like to make candied mixed nuts, using a VARIETY of nuts (usually pecans, almonds and walnuts).

But you can use this recipe to make ONLY¬†candied almonds or candied walnuts or candied pecans or candied cashews…whatever you like!

These nuts have so many uses beyond just gifting during the holidays or enjoying¬†as is…

You can use candied nuts in:

  • Salad toppings
  • Ice cream toppings
  • Potato casseroles topping
  • Pumpkin pie topping
  • Cheese plates
  • Cake toppings or fillings (Check out my Cranberry coconut cake)

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Here are answers to a few questions that are probably going through your mind ūüėČ

What are candied nuts?
They are sweetened, crispy nuts that are mostly made during the holiday season.

How to make candied nuts?
I have seen various methods of making these nuts. Some people like to make them in a slow cooker/crock pot. Others prefer the oven and some are fond of making them on the stovetop. My recipe is for traditional and old fashioned candied nuts. They are made by mixing together the egg whites, sugar and spices together in a mixing bowl and then they are spread on a cookie tray and baked in the oven.

How to sweeten candied nuts?
I like to sweeten my nuts with a combination of granulated sugar and brown sugar. But, people have different preferences. I have seen these nuts with coconut sugar, maple syrup, honey, Splenda, Truvia, Stevia, Agave and even corn syrup.

How to keep candied nuts crisp?
My tip is to use egg whites! Making candied nuts with egg white will ALWAYS result in crispy crunchy nuts and they won’t become soggy and soft after a few days either.

Why are my candied nuts sticky?
They were not baked long enough or your oven is not calibrated properly and they were not baked at the correct heat temperature.

How to reheat candied nuts?
I have NEVER¬†had to reheat my nuts but, if you did not use egg whites in your recipe, your nuts might get soft after a few days¬† and you will¬†have to reheat them to bring back the crispy texture. Just spread them on a cookie tray and bake at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes. Honestly, just use my recipe and you WON’T have to worry about reheating nuts!

How long do candied nuts last? How long do they stay fresh?
I like to use them within 1 month. After that, they taste a little stale (YUCK!).

How to store candied nuts?
Once the nuts have cooled down to room temperature, store them in a air tight container at room temperature for 1 month.

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How To Make Candied Nuts
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Serves: 4 cups
Learn how to make candied nuts with simple ingredients. Use this easy recipe to make 3 different flavor variations. Great as snack or homemade gift!
  • 2 cups pecans
  • 1 cup almonds
  • 1 cup walnuts
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg white (from large egg)
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp water
  1. In a mixing bowl, mix together the egg white, water and vanilla extract until the mixture becomes frothy.
  2. Add brown sugar, granulated sugar, cinnamon, salt and mix everything together until just combined,
  3. Add all the nuts and mix everything with a spatula until they are properly coated.
  4. Spread the nuts on a cookie tray lined with parchment paper. Make sure they are properly spread out and not sticking together.
  5. Bake at 300 degrees for 40-45 minutes. Make sure to stir everything with a spoon every 15 minutes.
  6. Once the nuts have cooled down to room temperature, pack them in a sealed airtight container and use within 1 month.
- For coffee nuts, omit cinnamon powder and use 1½ tbsp espresso powder and ½ tbsp cocoa powder.
-For coconut nuts, omit vanilla extract and cinnamon powder and use 1 tbsp coconut extract and 2-3 tbsp unsweetened desiccated coconut.
- For spiced nuts, keep everything as is and also add 1 tbsp paprika and 1 tbsp chili powder (add more or less depending on your preference).

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Until next time, tata my lovelies!


  1. Belinda Chiu

    November 12, 2013 at 7:55 am

    How fun (and crazy) to prepare for a wedding. These nuts are…well, nuts! Addictive.

  2. yummychunklet

    November 12, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    Oh, I know these are delicious because I can’t resist buying a bag everytime I’m at Navy Pier!

  3. RavieNomNoms

    November 14, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    I love candied nuts! Sweet and savory…they are dangerous because I could eat all of them in one sitting!

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