Monday, December 3, 2012

Sweet and Spicy Nuts

It's December 3 and we are having sweater weather.  We slept with the bedroom windows slightly open last night!!  While the weather outside is not so frightful and a fire is not so delightful, the aromas beginning to waft from the kitchen herald the rapidly approaching Christmas season that includes food gifts for loved ones.  

I hit upon this recipe in 2004 and it quickly became a favorite for snacking and gifting.  


Sweet and Spicy Nuts

1/4 cup canola oil
1 tsp cayenne (adjust to taste--I used a little less this time)
1 tbsp ground cumin
7 cups unsalted mixed nuts. (I used cashews, pecans, walnuts,  almonds and pistachios)
3 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp salt

Preheat oven to 350 and line a large baking pan with parchment paper.

In a small saucepan, heat the oil, cayenne pepper and cumin until just warm, stir.
In a large bowl, combine the nuts with the oil and stir to mix well.
Combine the sugar and salt and add to the nuts stirring to coat well.
Spread the nuts evenly on the baking pan and bake for 18 to 20 minutes, until golden brown and aromatic.  Stir several times during the baking.

Cool and put into an airtight container.

The nuts keep well for several weeks.




ENJOY!

25 comments:

  1. I've never made a nut mix like this, but your post draws me in and makes me wonder if this might be the year! Thanks!

    It sounds like your weather is neck n neck with ours. Too warm for us even here in the south.

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  2. my aunt used to make these every year, we had 3 pecan trees, so hers were just pecans. one batch was salty and the other sweet like this, i think she used brown sugar, but not sure. we all waited for the pecans to fall and her toasted pecans.

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  3. Ooh, these sound positively divine...I will definitely be giving this recipe a try. However, much as I love walnuts, since 2 members of my family are allergic to them, they will not be making an appearance in my batch.

    Thanks for sharing!

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  4. This is my kind of snack. And the recipe looks very easy. Perfect for this busy season.

    Fondly,
    Glenda

    ps. Your header is so lovely.

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  5. My Mom used to make these and give them to the neighbors as Christmas gifts. So yummy! Thanks for the reminder!!!!
    xo Kris

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  6. I make something similar every year and then regret doing so, because I want to eat the whole batch myself.

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  7. Just lovely, I think I will make them. It was warm here last night as well!

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  8. Lovely! I like the addition of the cumin, which is one of my favorite tastes.

    Cheers!

    Sharon

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  9. Bonnie, Just so you know you are helping me tremendously with my neighborhood gifts. This will be perfect to add to goodie baskets. Thanks bunches, Bonnie

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  10. A very welcome gift I'm sure! I love a little heat with my sweet:@)

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  11. I was in your "neck of the woods" last week for Thanksgiving- We went to Christkindlmarket and the aroma from the booth where they were selling the spiced nuts made me just want to stay right there! Now I want my house to smell like that. :) These sound really good for the nut lovers in my life.

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  12. i love sweet and spicy together- especially in nuts- my dad is coming in this weekend and this would be a perfect little happy for him

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  13. Oh My Gosh... IF those were in front of me, I'd eat the WHOLE THING... That would be my weakness I'm sure... I'm trying so hard to keep this weight off of me --but it 'ain't' easy during this season!!!!! ha.... YUM...
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  14. I like to snack on nuts as they are healthy, so i will enjoy trying out your recipe, Bonnie!

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  15. Love this idea, Bonnie. Definitely going to make them for my group!

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  16. This is the perfect snack to serve with cocktails! Yummy!

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  17. I'm making a bunch of these to give away this year -- if I can stand to! I love them so much. Sweet, spicy, mmmmmmm.

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  18. These sound wonderful and I love the spices. I'll be posting a nut recipe very shortly myself :)

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  19. Spiced nuts are the best with a cocktail, or any time! Can't wait to try this!

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  20. Your weather sounds similar to ours in AZ right now, hoping to cool off more this weekend. This sort of appetizer at my house would be gone in minutes :)

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  21. These make a nice gift for neighbors, etc.

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  22. Oh, Bonnie.... ALL your recipes sound so good and so Christmas-y! I hope you and yours have a wonderful holiday! blessings ~ tanna

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    Cheers,

    Kathy Shea Mormino

    The Chicken Chick

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