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Sugar-and-Spice Candied Nuts


  • 1/3 cup dark-brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt I might up this by a 1/2 tsp. next time for more of a sweet/salty balance
  • Generous pinch of cayenne pepper I swapped this with 1/4 teaspoon of hot smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 pound walnut or pecan halves or whole peeled hazelnuts
  • 1 egg white room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon water


  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
  • Mix sugars, salt, cayenne, and cinnamon, making sure there are no lumps; set aside.
  • Beat egg white and water until frothy but not stiff.
  • Add walnuts, and stir to coat evenly.
  • Sprinkle nuts with sugar mixture, and toss until evenly coated.
  • Spread sugared nuts in a single layer on a cookie sheet fitted with parchment paper.
  • Bake for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Remove from oven, and separate nuts as they cool.
  • When completely cool, pour the nuts into a bowl, breaking up any that stick together.