Naughty and Nice Spiced Nuts

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This recipe has become a Christmas tradition at the Loon/Longwell house.   We love them…start off sweet and inviting, and then finish off with a bit of a naughty sting.

We love all kinds of nuts, and we recommend using a nice variety for this wonderful snack.

Naughty and Nice Spiced Nuts recipe


The sugar and the spices work together perfectly as they coat the varied nuts and then bake to perfection. There’s nothing much better than a little bit of sweet mix in with just a touch of heat.

Itis the perfect snack to have around the house during the Christmas season.

Naughty and Nice Spiced Nuts

When these spiced nuts are baking nice and low and slow, the smell is just wonderful. The only problem is, it’s almost impossible to not keep coming back for more, and more, and more!

So delicious! And if you love this snack, chances are you’ll love another holiday classic treat!

Toffee Chocolate Bars
Gingerbread Cake with Lemon Sauce
Red Velvet Cake

There’s nothing like the holidays, and it’s always great to have all kinds of funs snacks and treat to nibble on while the kids and adults alike wait for Santa Clause to make a visit to your home!

We hear it on good authority to Santa is a big fan of these Naughty and Nice Nuts!


But in the meantime, check out these sinfully (and heavenly) delicious treats!!

Naughty and Nice Spiced Nuts

Now, go and make this fantastic holiday treat!

And when you do, be sure to take a photo, post it on Instagram, and tag @howtofeedaloon and hashtag #howtofeedaloon!

Naughty and Nice Spiced Nuts on a wood cutting board next to a tin with nuts

Naughty and Nice Spiced Nuts

These Naughty and Nice Spiced Nuts are simply amazing. Sweet at first, followed by a little naughty sting. So good!! You'll love 'em. And so easy to make!
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Course: Kris Longwell
Cuisine: Appetizer
Keyword: Holiday snacks recipe
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 286kcal


  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 tsp water
  • 4 cups nuts salted and roasted, a mix, about 1½ lbs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice


  • Pre-heat oven to 250°F.
  • Whisk together the egg whites and water in a large bowl until frothy.
  • Stir in the nuts.
  • In a medium bowl, mix together the sugar, cayenne pepper, cinnamon, and pumpkin pie spice.
  • Add the sugar mixture to the nuts and mix, coating well.
  • Spread nuts in a lightly buttered (Pam works well) large baking pan.
  • Bake in the middle of the oven until dry, about 1 hour. Stir about halfway through.
  • Cool and break into bite-sized chunks.
  • NOTE: These can be made up to 5 days before serving.


Calories: 286kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 15mg | Potassium: 304mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 191IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 41mg | Iron: 2mg
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