December 28, 2011

Sweet and spiced glazed mixed nuts

Bowl of sweet and spiced glazed mixed nuts.

Sweet, salty, crunchy, with a touch of fresh herbs and warm spices, these glazed mixed nuts make a delicious holiday gift or party snack.

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I've been making these nuts for more than ten years. Every year I make a double or even triple batch and I pack them up in small gift containers or food gift bags at Christmas. 

I give them to all of our family members for a small homemade gift each year. They are always well received (of course ensure that the recipient does not have any nut or egg allergies).

I love these nuts because they are pretty easy to make and they seem incredibly fancy. They are coated with a glaze containing maple syrup and brown sugar. 

The sweet and sticky glaze also contains fresh rosemary and thyme along with warm spices - cinnamon, nutmeg, and a touch of cayenne pepper. 

The fresh herbs and warm spices really flavor these nuts to feel like the holidays. The touch of cayenne adds a nice bit of contrast to the sweet glaze, too.

Poinsettia bowl filled with sweet and spiced glazed mixed nuts.

Aside from gift giving, these nuts are perfect to put out in a festive snack bowl for your Christmas and New Year's gatherings. They will be gobbled up for sure.

I use a mix of nuts here - almonds, cashews, pecan halves, walnut halves, and peanuts. I add the peanuts because they provide extra crunch and also because they are inexpensive compared to the other more expensive nuts.

You can use whatever nuts you like and leave out any you can't find or don't like. You can even use all of one kind if you want. I use raw nuts when I can find them, but over the years I've found that roasted nuts generally work just as well - it will result in a crunchier nut mixture.

Since nuts can be expensive, my blend varies each year. I will start grabbing them on sale starting around Thanksgiving and years where I get walnuts at a good price will have more of those, etc. It will still be delicious no matter what ratio you have or nuts you choose.

Give these sweet and spiced glazed mixed nuts a try this holiday season. Whether you are giving them as gifts, bringing them to a party, or setting out a bowl for your holiday guests, they are sure to add a nice touch to your festivities. 

Large container filled with sweet and spiced glazed mixed nuts.
Yield: about 16-20
Author: Amy (Savory Moments)
Sweet and Spiced Glazed Mixed Nuts

Sweet and Spiced Glazed Mixed Nuts

Sweet, salty, crunchy, with a touch of fresh herbs and warm spices, these glazed mixed nuts make a delicious holiday gift or party snack.


  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup real maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons finely minced fresh rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon finely minced fresh thyme
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt, plus more for sprinkling
  • 1 egg white
  • 1-1.5 pounds mixed nuts of your choice, raw nuts are preferable, but roasted will work


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a small pot combine the butter, maple syrup, and brown sugar. Warm over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until they are melted and well-combined. Remove from the heat and whisk in the herbs, spices, and 1 teaspoon of salt.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk the egg white until frothy. Add the nuts and toss until they are coated. Add the glaze and continue to stir until they are well coated.
  4. Spread the nuts evenly on the baking sheet. Place in the oven and bake for about 15 minutes, stirring about every 5 minutes. They are finished when the glaze is golden and dry and you can smell the nuts.
  5. Remove from the oven and sprinkle immediately with a little more salt.
  6. Let cool completely and store in an airtight container.

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Serving bowl filled with finished sweet and spiced glazed mixed nuts.

This recipe was originally published in 2011 and has been updated in 2021 with a recipe card, new photos, new text, and more to improve reader experience.

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  1. Oh, I love addition of the herbs in these. also, the maple syrup. Definitely have that sweet and savory thing going on here.

  2. Just bookmarked this recipe - I love, love, love maple syrup!

  3. This will be great for apperetifs. Will certainly save this recipe. Best wishes for the New year :)

  4. Oh man, these look delicious! I would get into big trouble with these. It's the kind of thing I wouldn't be able to stop eating!

  5. The nuts do look so tempting and completely addicting! They have a ton of great flavors!

  6. These sound addictively dangerous...which means I absolutely need them in my life. ASAP.

  7. Love the idea of giving nuts instead of cookies!

  8. I am a serious nut junkie! I usually eat them raw, but roasting them with spices is such a delicious treat -- great recipe!

  9. You added all the right seasonings. These could be addictive.

  10. got to taste those amazing nuts...:D


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