Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Maple Spiced Nuts

These sweet and spicy toasted nuts are great for gift-giving, cocktails or parties.  Make sure you have plenty on hand - they will go quick!

Maple Spiced Nuts

1/4 cup unsalted butter
1 pound nuts - one variety or a mixture
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. salt
3 Tbsp. maple syrup

In a large skillet over medium-high heat, melt the butter and add the nuts.  Cook, stirring occasionally, for 3 to 4 minutes, until the nuts are fragrant and beginning to toast.

Add the remaining ingredients, stirring until the sugar begins to melt.  
Lower the heat to medium and cook for another 3 to 4 minutes, until the nuts are nicely caramelized around the outside.
Watch carefully as they can easily burn.
Transfer nuts to a parchment-lined baking sheet to cool; stirring periodically so they don't clump.

Sprinkle with additional salt while still warm (optional).


  1. No doubt these are great! Perfect party nibbles:@)

  2. Yum! Totally great for Christmas gift giving!

  3. These sound wonderful. Going on my Christmas giving list.

  4. You have always had a good eye with the camera. Even when we first started out with our click and shoot camera. Remember that? Those nuts look devine!

  5. Perfect for the holidays! Love the touch of heat!

  6. Awesome! Always a hit! I did a pecan pound cake and topped it with a version of these and caramel! Yum!


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