Sweet and Spicy Nuts!

Here’s the last installment of this weeks Cookin’ it up with Elizabeth! These nuts are incredible and simple to make! Here’s Elizabeth’s recipe:

Sweet and Spicy Nuts

Nonstick vegetable oil spray

6 T (3/4 stick) unsalted butter
1/2 c golden brown sugar
1/4 c water
1 T chili powder
1 1/2 t salt
1 t ground cumin
1 t dried oregano
1/2 t black pepper
1/4 t cayenne pepper
2 c walnut halves
2 c pecan halves
2 c whole almonds

Preheat oven to 300˚F. Spray large, rimmed baking sheet with nonstick spray. Melt butter in large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add next 8 ingredients; stir until sugar dissolves, about 1 minute.  Slowly add nuts and stir until butter mixture thoroughly coats nuts thickly, about 2-3 minutes. There should be very little of the mixture left in the pan.

Spread nut mixture in single layer on prepared sheet. Bake until nuts are glazed and deep brown, stirring often, about 25 minutes.  I stir and separate the nuts with a wooden spoon every 10 or so minutes 2 or 3 times. Remove from oven and cool nuts completely on sheet, stirring occasionally. Once cooled, I use a metal spatula to lift them from the pan into a container. Makes approximately 6 cups.

Special Notes:

I have about 4 or 5 different spicy nut recipes and this recipe is by far my favorite! These nuts can be made 1 week ahead and should be stored at room temperature in an airtight container. Friends and family love receiving a bag full of these nuts around the holidays


Hope you enjoy these recipes; they are all great to share with friends and family. Thanks so much Elizabeth for sharing them with all of us.

Next week, Elizabeth is planning on doing a holiday meal (time permitting – no pressure Elizabeth!), so stay tuned!

Happy Holidays!

Bon Appetit


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