I love this post! It gets me really excited for the holidays. I’ve been trying to sneak red in wherever I can to make things look festive, and this was an easy one to work with. I’ve been making spiced nuts every year at Christmas time since I can remember. I came across a recipe that intrigued me way back when I was into an insane amount of holiday baking. My kitchen literally turned into a candy shop meets bakery meets homemade gift store for the entire month of December…before having kids. Now, I relish more in making of gingerbread houses and sprinkle infested cookies with the kids that their eyes light up for. However, a few tried and true things still find their place into our baking rotation each year, a variation of those spiced nuts included.
These nuts are SPICY. For real spicy, not just kinda spicy. I say this because I LOVE spicy foods and usually ones that are termed such, still don’t have enough heat for me. That is not the case with these. When I’m giving them to friends for a gift, if they haven’t had them from me before, I always warn them that they have a lot of kick. I think most people would like that little heads up…With the kick though comes such a subtle sweetness with a blend of savory flavor that really is unique. Ethan loves them…he got my spicy gene.
These are a perfect hostess gift or snack to have in a nice little bowl on an antipasto and cheese platter. When gifting them I like to package them in cookie tins or cellophane bags tied with raffia or twine, and maybe a nice little gift tag. They look beautiful in a clear bag especially and could not be simpler. If you are not as big of a fan of heat, just pull back on the cayenne by a 1/4 or even 1/2 teaspoon. ENJOY!!
SPICY ROASTED MIXED NUTS
- 2 cups raw almonds
- 2 cups raw walnuts
- 2 cups raw cashews
- 2 large egg whites
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar
- 2 teaspoons kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 1/2 teaspoon allspice powder
- 3/4 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon cayenne powder (or less too taste)
- Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
- In a very large bowl, whisk the egg whites until frothy. Add in the sugar through the cayenne powder and stir to combine.
- Stir in the nuts with a spatula until they are all well coated.
- Pour the nuts out evenly onto two large baking pans and spread them into a single layer on each pan.
- Bake for 15 minutes, then remove from the oven and stir them up to separate them a bit. Return to the oven and bake another 8-10 minutes until lightly browned.
- Remove from the oven and stir again to separate. Allow to cool completely before packaging or storing. The nuts will crisp up as they cool. ENJOY!