Spiced Nuts

Sweet Spicy mixed nuts party snack

This is the time of year you’ll find me in the kitchen, music on, glass of wine or festive cran-apple juice, cooking up a storm. My heart is in the kitchen, where I explore my creativity and show my love to others through food. For years I’ve been making a double and even triple batch of these earthy, warmly spiced nuts with a little hint of sweetness. My holiday guests happily snack on them from festive bowls set on the counter, on the coffee table and everywhere in between.

Two Mason jars full of mixed spiced nuts with herbs, a ribbon & a thank you tag in a white marble kitchen

The recipe is so easy and crave-worthy that even my teens have joined me in the kitchen for a fun morning of mixing, baking and stealing a few handfuls to fuel their never ending growth and hunger.

Easy Spiced Nuts Mason Jar Gift

You can add any nut to the mix depending on your taste. We start with cashews, almonds, walnuts and pecans, sometimes adding in hazelnuts and peanuts depending on who we plan to give them to. Next, we drizzle water (or butter if you really want to wow your guests) whisked with maple syrup over the nuts and mix. Then we add a liberal dusting of the warm, festive spices: cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg and chili powder with salt and pepper and pop them in the oven on a sheet tray.

Hands mixing spiced nuts in a glass bowl on a white marble surface for the holidays


The result is a beautifully fragrant spicy and sweetnut mix that also makes the perfect gift. After the spiced nuts cool and we’ve portioned out half for entertaining and snacked to our content, we package them in mason jars with a little ribbon for friends, colleagues, teachers, family — everyone down to the mailman. They’re easy, delicious and show our care as a homemade gift along with our favorite homemade mason jar granola.


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Festive, Homemade Spiced Nuts Recipe

These salty, spicy and sweet nut mix is an easy, crowd pleasing entertaining snack and thoughtful holiday gift.

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Spiced Nuts

  • Author: The Fresh 20
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 cups 1x


Crunchy, warmly spiced nut mix with a touch of sweet, perfect for holiday entertaining or gifting.



  • 1 cup pecans
  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 1 cup cashews
  • 1 cup almonds
  • ½ teaspoon Cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon Cardamon
  • ½ teaspoon Nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon Chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon Kosher or sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon Black pepper
  • ⅓ cup Maple Syrup
  • 2 Tablespoons water


  1. In a medium bowl, combine nuts.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk the spices together.
  3. Whisk maple syrup and water until frothy.
  4. Pour over nuts and mix to coat.
  5. Dust nuts with spice mix and stir.
  6. Arrange on a baking sheet in one layer. Do not over crowd.
  7. Bake for 10 minutes until fragrant.
  8. Remove from oven and cool.
  9. Store in an airtight mason jar until ready for guests.


Substitute melted butter for the water for an extra indulgent wow factor!

Hands mixing spiced nuts in a glass bowl on a white marble surface for the holidays
Hands mixing spiced nuts in a glass bowl with 2 full Mason jars with herbs, a ribbon & thank you tags

Spiced Nuts as a Holiday Gift

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