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Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Old-Time Spiced Nuts

This is one of my mother's recipes that she found in a ca. 1950s' cookbook. The original recipe called for pecan halves, but I've always used mixed nuts. If using salted nuts, reduce or omit the salt in the recipe. In addition, as there is egg white in the recipe, you may find the info on the to be reassuring. The recommendation is to heat an item containing raw, unpasteurized eggs to 160 F degrees. These nuts are baked at 250 degrees for an hour.

Here's the recipe:

Spiced Nuts

2 tablespoons cold water
1 slightly beaten egg white
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon cloves
1/4 teaspoon allspice
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups nuts

Preheat oven to 250 F degrees. Butter a large, shallow baking sheet.

Add water to slightly beaten egg white. Stir in sugar, cinnamon, cloves, allspice, and salt. Let stand 15 minutes, or until sugar is dissolved.

Dip the nuts into the mixture. Spread on prepared baking sheet. Bake in a slow oven (250 F degrees) until golden, about 1 hour. (You may need to reduce the baking time slightly for previously roasted nuts.)

That's it! Super simple and makes a delicious holiday treat with less sugar than cookies or candies.

I am making these nuts for a gift. (I'll make sure to make enough for leftovers for our family!) I am putting together a treat and snack tower, using holiday tins. Something along the lines of the below photo:

My tins are a motley assortment, so I plan to spiff a couple of them up with a coating of spray paint. (I have gold paint at home.) The spiced nuts will fill one of the top, smaller containers.


  1. Thanks! This would be a good addition to our Christmas Eve celebration!

    1. Your welcome, Kris! What all do you do on Christmas Eve?

    2. Well, this year may be a little different depending on my mom's health, but usually we attend church with my brother's family and my mom (and occasionally other family members who happen to be in town). This year it's my year to host a light meal after the service. Not everyone is very hungry (although my family always is!!!), so I usually have a cheese/summer sausage and cracker plate and I also provide bread and condiments for those who want to make a sandwich. Cookies, M&Ms, veggie platter .... hot and cold beverages... anyway, I'm thinking that your nuts might be a fun side to have.

  2. I've never made spiced nuts before and had no idea that egg white was used as a binder. Learn something new every day. Like your idea of a treat tower. It wouldn't be a hard thing to do if you had the tins which are relatively easy to find. Good idea.

    1. Hi live and learn,
      we've accumulated several tins over the years. They just don't always look so great for gift-giving. But, a can of spray paint, and they do look much better.

  3. These sound delicious! I copied the recipe to try this month.



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