Spiced Nuts

Spiced Nuts

As usual, I had bigger holiday plans than what I actually had time for.

I had a long list of goodies that I wanted to make for Christmas, but time ran short. One of the things I wanted to make the most was Spiced Nuts. I’ve tried making Spiced Nuts before (with a different recipe than what I am sharing today) and I wasn’t really happy with the results. But this year, I was determined to do it right. I had several pound of almonds ready to go, and but even though they are so simple to make, I just couldn’t squeeze them into my holiday prep.

Luckily, Spiced Nuts are perfect for the next big holiday: New Years…or more specifically, New Years Eve.

Spiced Nuts

We are planning a fun New Years Eve party for our family, complete with a dinner of appetizers and snacks only. One of the snacks we’ll be enjoying are these Spiced Nuts, which are one of the many kicked-up recipes in the cookbook, “Emeril’s Potluck” by Emeril LaGasse.

Emeril's Potluck Cookbook

I love this cookbook because the recipes are perfect for all sorts of memory making celebrations and parties. It’s a great one to have in your cookbook collection and I’m happy to be able to give all of you the opportunity to win a copy of Emeril’s Potluck: Comfort Food with a Kicked-Up Attitude. This has been made possible because the theme of #SundaySupper this week is New Year’s Potluck with Emeril. Several other bloggers will also be giving away a copy, plus some will be giving away one of Emeril’s other coobooks, Emeril’s Kicked-Up Sandwiches: Stacked with Flavor – so that means you have multiple chances to win! Just check the end of this post for details.

Here’s the recipe for making Emeril’s Spiced Nuts. One of the things I like best about it is that it’s all done on the stove-top, which I find gives me great control than recipes that require baking in the oven. They are full of spicy-sweet flavor and extremely addictive!  Perfect for setting out during your parties or celebrations, but also great packaged up for a tasty homemade food gift.

Spiced Nuts


  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 4 cups unsalted mixed nuts, such as walnuts, pecans, hazelnuts, and almonds
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 6 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt


  1. Mix spices and reserve.
  2. Heat the nuts in a dry skillet and cook, stirring frequently, until they begin to toast, about 4 minutes. Add the butter and cook, stirring, until the nuts begin to darken, about 1 minute. Add the spices, the sugar, 1 tablespoon water, and the salt and cook, stirring, until the sauce thickens and the nuts are glazed, about 5 minutes.
  3. Remove the nuts from the heat and transfer to a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil, separating them with a fork. Let the nuts stand until cooled and the sugar has hardened, about 10 minutes. Store in an airtight container.
  4. Makes 4 cups


Recipe courtesy Emeril Lagasse, Emeril's Potluck, William Morrow Publishers, New York, 2004


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Want more kicked-up Emeril recipes? Well, look no further! Check out this awesome list of Emeril recipes, all  ready to add deliciousness to your New Year!

25 Bloggers will be giving away 25 copies of Emeril’s Cookbooks!* You don’t want to miss this special Celebration!

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* The bloggers with astericks ** after their listing are giving away a copy of one of either the Emeril’s Potluck: Comfort Food with a Kicked-Up Attitude or Emeril’s Kicked-Up Sandwiches: Stacked with Flavor during the Chat. Details on individual blogs, on Sunday.

Please join on us on Twitter using hashtag #SundaySupper all day today, December 30, 2012 .  In the evening we will meet at 7pm EST for our #SundaySupper chat where we always have a good time!  We are so excited to have you join us for Emeril’s Potluck Celebration.  All you have to do is follow the #SundaySupper hashtag or you can follow us through TweetChat.

Spiced Nuts

About the Author: brandie (551 Posts)

Brandie Valenzuela is a food blogger and writer at Home Cooking Memories. She lives in Las Vegas, NV where she enjoys cooking, baking, modern-day recipe keeping and making everyday memories with her family. She is known to have an extremely normal obsession with cupcake liners, ribbons and office supplies.


  1. These nuts look amazing and I love that they can be made ahead and ready for company any time. Thank you so much for being such a big part of #SundaySupper in 2012. I am looking forward to many more celebrations in 2013 with you. Happy New Year!

  2. Spiced nuts are a great snack and party food!

  3. I also ran out of time and didn’t get a chance to make some of the recipes I wanted to for the holidays. Oh well, there is next year. Until then, I think these nuts would be fabulous for a New Year’s Eve treat.

  4. Mmm! I love the sweet and spicy/savory flavor combo for these nuts: sounds delish!

  5. Gorgeous photos Brandi! And a great snack!

  6. I’ve made spiced nuts many times – love them! I’ve never done them on the stovetop, though. Sounds like a great idea.

  7. Love how simple, yet how divine these are

  8. My plans are always bigger than my actual “scope”, too… but that is what the future is for! I am definitely going to be trying these nuts – they are just making my mouth water.

  9. Great pics! I seriously can’t wait to give these a try.

  10. These are so delicious!!!

  11. These look wonderful, Brandie! I may make a small batch to use in my NY’s salad…yum!

  12. I loved these so much, I plan on making a second batch with almonds and cashews

  13. I love your pictures!!! This was a delicious choice. I am making more to bring to a friend’s home tomorrow. Happy 2013!

  14. These look yummy and perfect for snacking! I’m making champagne cupcakes and appetziers!

  15. It’s so awesome that you have several pounds of almonds in your pantry, just ready to go! You put them to good use in these delicious looking spiced nuts. Happy New Year, Brandi!

  16. I know all about running short on time. I didn’t get done nearly as much as I wanted. These spiced nuts look fantastic! Happy New Year!

  17. Conni Smith says:

    I LOVE spiced nuts. We make them every year. You have fantastic photos of yours – delicious!

  18. Great snack food for any occasion! I can’t wait to try these

  19. I guess it helps to read the contest prompt ;) Our traditional NYE snacks are Chex Mix and sausage party pizzas (on those cute mini rye breads).

  20. Carol Yemola says:

    Twitter handle = @CarolYemola
    This recipe looks fantastic. What a great snack this would make.

  21. We don’t really do much traditional anymore, but on New Year’s Day, we have Haitian pumpkin soup. My kids are both from Haiti and January 1st is Haitian Independence Day. Mind you, I’ve changed the recipe so that my family will eat it, but the REAL stuff in Haiti is truly awesome. As far as the spiced nuts go, I’m a little leery of brown sugar and cumin together, but I might try it since this sounds right up my husband’s alley. :)

  22. I forgot. I’m @Zazlandia on Twitter. :)

  23. I love nuts with “stuff” on them! This look great and since it is our tradition to eat only appetizers for new year’s eve, I will make these and add them to the table. Thanks!

  24. Great looking recipe Brandie. Loved that it’s mostly pecans too! Thanks for sharing. Happy New Year to you and yours!

  25. I make latkes with creme fraiche and caviar

  26. I participated in the #SundaySupper chat and really enjoyed it! @frogger097

  27. The spiced nuts look super easy! Happy New Year to all and good luck to me.

  28. Mmmm, love spiced nuts! These are easy to make too! Love that!


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