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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Savory spiced peanuts

These were a hit as snacks before our Easter dinner. And I didn't have to buy anything special to make them -- Woohoo! They'd be an awesome snack to offer while watching the big game on TV, or at a summer BBQ, or in a jar as a special little treat for Dad on Father's Day. (I'm personally filing that last little idea away for this coming Father's Day!)

Savory Spiced Peanuts

2 teaspoons vegetable oil
2 cups peanuts (I used regular, canned peanuts that have been roasted and salted)
pinch of red pepper flakes
3 teaspoons of chili powder (more or less according to taste)
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 to 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
1/2 to 1 teaspoon garlic powder
popcorn salt, to taste (any salt will do, the popcorn salt is fine, so it adheres better to the nuts)

In a skillet over medium, heat the oil. Add pepper flakes and heat for 30 seconds. Add peanuts, and stir and cook for 1 minute. Add chili powder, cumin, and sugar, stir and cook 1 minute more.

Remove from heat. Add garlic powder and salt, toss well.

Drain and cool on a piece of paper. Store in an airtight container.

The seasonings on these are all to taste, and amounts could vary depending on the freshness of your spices. I like the greater amount of sugar and garlic powder.



  1. Sounds tasty! I am going to give this a try, thanks!

    1. Hi Anne,
      they were quite tasty! The flavor reminded me of nacho cheese doritos chips.

    2. I wasn't sure if I'd like them until you said nacho cheese Dorito chips. I'm in. :)

    3. Hi live and learn,
      I should have said, "tastes like nacho cheese doritos without the cheese!" It's the flavor that I taste when eating those doritos. Must be the chili powder and garlic.

    4. Still sounds good. And a little dried grated cheese could always be added.

  2. My husband really hates plain peanuts but we continue to buy them from Costco whenever there is a coupon. He's going to love this!! Thanks.

    I just noticed a terrific post from the past (2012) about muffins. I am going to print and keep in my binder.


    1. Hi YHF,
      I hope your husband loves these as much as we do! It's a great way to disguise plain peanuts.

  3. Ooh, these sound dangerously yummy--as in, I wouldn't be able to stop eating them! My sister-in-law made a sweet glazed nut in her crockpot once--I pigged out on them.

    1. Hi Kris,
      It was a good thing I only made 2 cups of these, and that someone else finished them off before I could. I've made sweet-spiced nuts before and those are so addictive!


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