Sweet and Spicy Holiday Nuts Recipe

Sweet and Spicy Holiday Nuts - easy and amazing holiday nuts, with some heat. Recipe by @Reem | Simply Reem.

Course Appetizer
Cuisine Asian
Keyword Sweet and Spicy Holiday Nuts
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 6 people
Calories 418 kcal


  • 2 ½ cups unsalted mixed nuts, used here are almonds, walnuts, cashew and pistachio
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 ½ tablespoons light brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon cumin powder
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt


  1. In a bowl mix together sugars, paprika, cumin powder, black pepper and salt. Keep aside.
  2. In a heavy skillet add butter and cook nuts in the butter for about 2-3 minutes, stirring continuously.
  3. Sprinkle the sugar and spice mixture over the nuts and continue to cook the nuts till the sugar caramelizes; about 8-10 minutes. Keep stirring the nuts while cooking to avoid them from getting burned.
  4. Once done transfer the nuts to a large cookie sheet or platter to cool down.
  5. Serve.

Recipe Notes

If you like, any choice of dried herb can also be added to flavor these nuts such as dried rosemary, oregano etc.

You can also increase or decrease the amount of paprika as per your choice or use cayenne pepper or red pepper flakes in its place.

These nuts can be made 4-5days ahead and store in airtight container.

Nutrition Facts
Sweet and Spicy Holiday Nuts Recipe
Amount Per Serving (6 people)
Calories 418 Calories from Fat 306
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 34g 52%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 10mg 3%
Sodium 396mg 17%
Potassium 358mg 10%
Total Carbohydrates 22g 7%
Dietary Fiber 5g 20%
Sugars 6g
Protein 10g 20%
Vitamin A 4.2%
Vitamin C 0.3%
Calcium 4.4%
Iron 13.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.