Candied nuts are the ultimate fall snack, and this Pumpkin Spice Candied Nuts recipe is SO simple!
These sugared almonds and pecans are candied with a blend of pumpkin pie spice, white sugar, and brown sugar to make the most irresistible snack! Plus, a step-by-step video!
Do you remember the days when airlines used to provide food for free?
Like peanuts, at the very least?
Ah, the good ‘ole days.
It wasn’t until my first plane ride at the age of 9 or 10 that I actually appreciated nuts (once I learned that honey roasted peanuts existed and tasted like nothing I’d ever known). Before then, nuts really only belonged in candy dishes on my grandparents coffee table, which I only went near when M&Ms were lurking in the bowl, for obvious reasons.
#chocolateiseverything (Case and point: Chocolate Espresso Donuts)
Despite my proclamation that chocolate is all you need in life, you might actually need these too.
Nuts candied in sugar and pumpkin pie spice are bomb. #eloquent
While mixed nuts might be traditional to have sitting out, it might be time to shuffle the cards and make these the new candy dish staple.
And! For the pinteresting, crafty types out there, can we just discuss for a second how adorable these would look gifted in mason jars wrapped with twine?!
Personally, I think baked goods/food gifts are so fun because they add such a personal touch to the gift!
Granted, I’m also a really big fan of food. While receiving a box of homemade fudge, toffee, or these nuts would legitimately bring me comfort and joy, someone else may prefer a real gift they can actually use instead of eat.
I know, it’s weird.
Plus, homemade gifts are cheap.
Especially when you realize just how many gifts you need to purchase each holiday season.
Teachers, neighbors, friends, acquaintances…
All of the people who give you gifts that you now feel semi-obligated to give gifts to…
Let’s just say, the holidays get real expensive, real quick.
So, how do you make candied nuts (or in this case, how do you make pumpkin spice candied nuts)??
All right, so, candied nuts are actually ridiculously easy.
This is based off a recipe from an old family friend. A lot of candied nuts recipes require egg whites and/or baking in the oven, which, for me, sounds like a bit of a hassle.
Recipes that call for egg whites then leave me with a bunch of egg yolks that I have not clue what to do with, so they end up sitting in the back of the fridge for months, and by the time I remember them, they’ve pretty much turned into a jr. high science project.
So, for the above reasons and more (I won’t bore you with more long-winded sentences), I adore this recipe.
Water, brown sugar, granulated sugar, & spices. Next, a few minutes of stirring on the stove, and you’ve got yourself the most addictive little snack.
Boom. Pumpkin Spice Nuts on the quick.
Guys, you’re going to go nuts over these.
- 1 1/2 cups raw almonds whole
- 1 1/2 cups raw pecans whole
- 1/4 cup water
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp ground all spice
- 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp ground cloves
- 1/4 tsp ground ginger
- cinnamon sugar for sprinkling (optional)
In a large saucepan, over medium-low heat, combine all ingredients except nuts. Stir until all sugar and spices have dissolved completely.
Add in almonds and pecans, making sure all nuts are coated with the sugar mixture.
Once coated, stir constantly (on med-low heat) for about 7-8 minutes, or until there is no more liquid in the pot. Remove from heat immediately (otherwise the sugars might burn).
As soon as the nuts are done, pour nuts onto a sheet of parchment paper to cool (make sure they are flat and in a single layer, otherwise the nuts will stick to each other). If you want to sprinkle with cinnamon sugar to give them a 'sugared' look (as pictured), do it while the nuts are cooling so the cinnamon sugar will stick.
Here are some other recipes I think you’ll go nuts over!