Sweet & Spicy Seasoned Mixed Nuts For Holiday Gatherings

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Look no further than these sweet and spicy Seasoned Mixed Nuts when you need a festive snack to share with family and friends this holiday season!

They’re simple to make, require minimal ingredients, and are sure to please – so grab a bowl and get snacking!

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Seasoned Mixed Nuts

The full ingredients list and instructions are found in the printable recipe card at the end of this post. I highly recommend reading the blog post all the way through so that you don’t miss any tips or substitution suggestions, to ensure that you have all the ingredients and equipment required and understand the steps and timings involved. Images for illustrative purposes.

Growing up, we always had a basket of whole nuts and a nutcracker to open them up with.

The tradition behind having nuts at Christmastime was that whole nuts were used to decorate Christmas trees, which started to enter homes in the 18th century.

On the 12th night, people would crack the nuts open to enjoy them as a family.

I can’t tell you how frustrating it was trying to open up a Brazil nut or walnut!

So, to that end, this recipe for seasoned mixed nuts uses ready-shelled nuts to cut that step out!

These sweet and savory mixed nuts are sure to be a hit at your next holiday gathering

They’re also perfect for when you need a thoughtful last-minute hostess gift as you make your rounds this holiday season.

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Ingredients & Equipment Used In This Recipe

While most ingredients can be bought in grocery stores, for your convenience, any specialized or notable ingredients and equipment needed for this recipe have been linked to Amazon or other stores if available online.

Staple ingredients such as oil, salt, sugar, etc., aren’t always included here as you’re likely to have those in your kitchen.

The complete list of ALL ingredients with measurements is found on the recipe card at the end of this post.

Ingredients Needed for Seasoned Mixed Nuts

Ingredients Needed for Seasoned Mixed Nuts

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How Do I Make Seasoned Mixed Nuts?

The printable recipe card below has the full ingredients list and instructions. Any demonstration photos on the card do not print out to save ink.

Sweet & Spicy Seasoned Mixed Nuts Recipe

Seasoned Mixed Nuts

Yield: 8
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Looking for a festive snack to share with family and friends this holiday season? Look no further than these sweet and spicy Seasoned Mixed Nuts!


  • 4 cups unsalted mixed nuts (cashews, walnuts, almonds, pecans, or pistachios)
  • 1 Tbsp sea salt
  • 2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼-½ tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar, tightly packed
  • 2 Tbsp real maple syrup
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F/180°C/Gas 4. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper and set it aside.
  2. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and toss until nuts are completely coated and all seasonings are evenly distributed.
  3. Spread the nuts onto the lined baking sheet into a single layer.
  4. Bake for 8 – 10 minutes before stirring nuts to ensure they are evenly toasting.
  5. Continue to bake for another 8 - 10 minutes or until the nuts are a nice golden brown. Watch closely in the final minutes, to ensure the nuts do not overcook and burn.
  6. Remove the nuts from the oven and sprinkle with additional sea salt or other seasonings, if desired.
  7. Serve immediately or store in an airtight container once cooled.

    Sweet & Spicy Seasoned Mixed Nuts Recipe

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 461Total Fat: 38gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 30gCholesterol: 8mgSodium: 1111mgCarbohydrates: 25gFiber: 7gSugar: 9gProtein: 12g

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