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Cinnamon Sugar Candied Nuts

You won’t believe how easy this is to make, and it’s the perfect budget-friendly gift for family and friends!

Cinnamon Sugar Candied Nuts - You won't believe how easy this is to make, and it's the perfect budget-friendly gift for family and friends!

Candied nuts is one of the best things to snack on. They’re considered brain food, they’re heart healthy and they keep the bad cholesterol away. And when you roast them in cinnamon sugar goodness, they are completely i-r-r-e-s-i-s-t-i-b-l-e.

Not only are these nuts chockfull of healthy benefits but it’s also so unbelievably easy to make! It involves just a 10-minute prep of tossing these babies in cinnamon sugar and then baking them to perfection, which takes about 30 minutes. And with the holidays upon us, these are the perfect budget-friendly homemade food gifts that everyone will love!

Cinnamon Sugar Candied Nuts

You won’t believe how easy this is to make, and it’s the perfect budget-friendly gift for family and friends!

10 minutes30 minutes


  • 1 large egg white
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 cups raw almonds
  • 1 cup raw pecans


  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together egg white and 1 tablespoon water until frothy, about 2 minutes; set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine sugars and cinnamon; set aside.
  4. In a large bowl, combine almonds, pecans and egg white mixture until well combined. Stir in brown sugar mixture until evenly coated.
  5. Spread almond mixture onto prepared baking sheet in an even layer. Place into oven and bake for 25-30 minutes, stirring at halftime.
  6. Let cool completely before serving.

Adapted from Averie Cooks.

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  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Nice and easy for gifts!  Thank you. 

  2. These are so good!!! I ended up using pecans, walnuts, and cashews. Everyone loves these, and I think it’s safe to say they’ll be a new tradition!! Going to try some of the suggestions in the comments next time, just started with the recipe as is first go around

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Make these every year! To. Die. For!

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Oh my goodness these were so yummy and yet so easy to make!

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    Way easy!! Thank YOU for sharing.

    • Rated 5 out of 5

      This is my favorite recipe! So easy to make and so delicious. They’re so good, in fact, that my in-law’s determined they’re the only thing I absolutely have to bring to holiday dinners. This will be the 4th year I’m bringing them to Thanksgiving.

  6. Love to make these. Lately I have been substituting the sugars with Swerve brown sugar & Lakanto Monkfruit sweetener, and add 1/2 tsp of cinnamon. Additionally I use 1 tbsp of bourbon instead of water and add 1/4 tsp of vanilla extract. Positively received!

  7. This recipe looks great but do they have to be raw? Happy Holidays

  8. I add a pkg  vanilla sugar in the sugar mixture and a teaspoon of vanilla in the egg mixture.  Makes them even better.  Also a 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Also almonds need more time in oven than pecans so I do them separately. 

  9. Rated 5 out of 5

    What a Holiday Treat! I happened to be wrapping up my Christmas cookie baking when this popped up! I had all the ingredients and followed instructions fully (only added cayenne and sea salt after reading other reviews). They came out perfect (25 minutes stirred once after 15 min.) Now I have the final touch to the Christmas tins! Thanks again for a wonderful, easy recipe! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

  10. Rated 5 out of 5

    These are delicious! I have been making them for years but today in all my haste and multitasking, I forgot to double the sugar and spices for a double recipe Is there a way to fix them now?? Help, anyone???

  11. Rated 5 out of 5

    I can’t keep my hands off them! Made these tonight as directed. Just a dash of cayenne added. Perfect! Was going to make some as Christmas gifts, but they are going fast! Definitely will be making more! THANKS! Happy Holidays!

  12. Rated 5 out of 5

    These are delicious! I’m having a brain freeze though. I’m trying to figure out what the actual cost of making these is. I had a lot of the ingredients already. Can anyone help me? Thanks!

  13. Rated 5 out of 5

    Do you think it would give a weird taste if Stevia was used?

    • What a great idea! But unfortunately, without having tried this ourselves, we cannot answer with certainty. But if you get a chance to try it, please let us know how it turns out! Good luck! 🙂

      • Have a batch in right now that is half sugar half stevia. Will let you all know when it’s done.

        • Really delish. I did let them go about 10 mins longer at a slightly lower temp. 290 for 40-45 mins. But with the stevia, just plain awesome. I did add some vanilla as that helps in stevia dishes.

  14. Rated 5 out of 5

    Such a find!! I have been using crushed nuts, oats and broken up bran cereal and adoing this layer to dessert bars and any layer thing I bake. Even the bran cereal turned out awesome.
    My favorite use so far was in fig bar’s. A pastry/cookie type crust with layer of fig mixture. The candied goodness comes next and topped with crumble top. It was love at first bite!!

  15. Rated 5 out of 5

    Yummy! I’d love to add some buttery flavor in. Could I add some butter in along with the egg white? Suggestions for how much to add in?

  16. Rated 5 out of 5

    Since this is the second time I’m making these I thought I’d give the recipe some stars.  Easy and delicious!  Both batches were great, but I prefer a dash of salt (added to the 2nd batch).  It’s sooo hard waiting for them to finish baking once the sweet aroma fills the air.

    Thanks for posting the recipe.

  17. Rated 1 out of 5

    A soupy mess.

  18. Tried this last year for the first time, and boy was it well received! I add 1/8 tsp cayenne for a little spicy with the sweet. Actually making my third batch tonight!

  19. Rated 5 out of 5

    Would this work in a Toaster oven?

  20. Rated 5 out of 5

    Super easy and delicious. Made a variety of nuts and packaged them as gifts. Added a little salt to them before baking and it makes them even better. Also discovered almonds need a few extra minutes to toast since they are a bit thicker.

  21. Can u use a sugar substitute like trivia ?

  22. How long can sugar coated nuts keep

    • As I am not an expert on food safety, I cannot really say with certainty. Methods for optimal food storage and shelf life should be based on good judgment and what you are personally comfortable with. Hope that helps, Rosematie!

  23. I put these in my smoker and cooked with cherry wood. AMAZING! Sams has 3 lbs of raw almonds for $12. Selling these at the farmers market on Saturday. 

  24. Can you freeze these for a couple weeks?

    • Unfortunately, I cannot answer this with certainty as I have never tried freezing this myself – there were no leftovers left to freeze! Please use your best judgment for freezing and reheating.

  25. What would the shelf life be for these? I would like to make them as Christmas presents but don’t know how early I can make them.

    • Methods for optimal food storage and shelf life should be based on good judgment and what you are personally comfortable with.

  26. Thanks so much, Chungah! This is just what I’ve been thinking about doing for presents this Christmas. Yes, the nuts are expensive, but not as expensive as what I would spend on a nice “bought” present. I love your site! – Maureen

  27. My sister brought candied nuts as a treat rot add to dinner munchies after or befor!  Unfortunately they are all sticky!  We tasted but didn’t eat any. Two things…she didn’t coat them in an egg white nor did she toast them….just discovered they are not raw either….can I do egg white at this stage and then put in oven to toast?  

  28. This is exxactly i finding, I am so excited to try these recipes, It combines two of my favorite things – cinnamon and candied. Thank for sharing

  29. Looks delicious! Is it best to use dark brown or light brown sugar? Thank you!

  30. For those that are curious. I used truvia brown sugar blend and truvia scoopable sugar and it is wonderful, maybe just a little too sweet. I followed the recipe exactly but next time I will use less white and more cinnamon. The whole recipe divided by 8 servings is 298 Kcal as calculated by my fitness pal.

  31. Incredibly easy to make, and delicious.  Keep finding reasons to nip in to the kitchen to dip into the jar!  I also added a little sea salt to the sugar mix.  Just off to check something in the kitchen again …

  32. Thanks for this recipe, they’re delicious! I used a mix of coconut sugar and golden caster sugar, plus a mix of almonds, hazelnuts, pecans and cashews. My egg white was pretty large, and I think the mixture could have coated more nuts if I had wanted – as it was, they were just coated decadently. Thinking of making these as little Christmas gifts. Thanks again 🙂

  33. Made these just now! Do I really have to let them cool completely as they are fantastic warm!!!

  34. I made these using pecans, almonds and cashews. They were amazing! I made them for Christmas gifts…perfect! Also I tried freezing the finished nuts and they thawed just fine, still nice and crispy. Thanks!

  35. Could you use peanuts?

    • Unfortunately, I cannot answer this with certainty as I have never tried using peanuts. Please use your best judgment.

  36. did you ever try with walnuts?

  37. Did you coat them again after baking, with more sugar. The picture rather looks like you have added more, but don’t want to do that if it’s not called for and I don’t see any mention of it in the recipe. Plan to try them soon. Thanks.

  38. These looks so yummy and addicting! I’m pinning this and making a batch this weekend!

  39. I had to tweak this recipe because I burned 2 batches! I always buy jumbo eggs so I used 1 jumbo egg white and omitted the tsp of water when whisking. I increased the brown sugar to 1/2 cup, the cinnamon to 1 tbsp and the pecans to 2 cups. I decreased the oven temp to 250°, baked the nuts for 10 minutes, stirred them, and then baked for another 10 minutes. After removing them from the oven, I stirred the nuts again and let them cool before eating. YUM!

  40. I’m not a huge fan of almonds. Can I change the recipe to only make pecans?

  41. I do this every Christmas as little extras for family. They LOVE them! My recipe is nearly the same except the baking time is about 45-60 minutes. And I wouldn’t exactly call it inexpensive–nuts in bulk aren’t cheap so buy them whenever they’re on sale.

    • Yes, nuts can get expensive but when I use the word “inexpensive,” I mean that in terms of spending on actual holiday gifts, which does add up!

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  44. Just made these and they were so simple and awesome!!!! It’s like Christmas in August in my house right now.

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  46. LOVED these

  47. I was wondering if the nuts need to be raw? Thanks.

  48. Made these today and my kids (5, 4 & 1 1/2) all loved them. Had a friend over for dinner and shared some and the recipe. Thanks! Used to love buying at the mall but don’t see them anywhere anymore. Will be making often.

  49. Came across this pin today which led me to you. I am so glad that it did. Love your site and your easy yet delicious looking recipe.

    Had to try this one immediately. Made my house smell amazing and they are so yummy! Absolutely delicious. Thank you for the recipe!

  50. Now this is yummmlicious 🙂
    I was just wonder about the fool who said ‘You cannot buy happiness’: you can certainly buy, make and gift happiness with candied nuts.
    Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  51. This recipe tastes almost identical to those nut stands in the mall / theme parks. I was a bit skeptical as I took them out of the oven but once the cooled, they hardened and crunched up and just tasted amazing.

  52. Would it be okay if the nuts weren’t ‘raw’?

    • If the nuts are not raw (ex. salted and/or roasted), I cannot predict how much the flavors and textures will change. I highly recommend using raw.

  53. Love the blog and the print option for recipes. The nuts are this year’s foodie treat – a hit with everyone who has gobbled them. Your pictures are inspiring, your recipes taste good, (which is the best thing) and its all user friendly – win win! 🙂

  54. I’m not sure whether to kiss you or curse you. Kiss you because these are soooo good I can’t stop eating them; curse you because these are so good I LITERALLY cannot stop eating them. Fantastic and really easy to make (again another down side, if it were more complicated i would not be stuffing huge amounts of them into my mouth!!!).
    Thanks XXX

  55. Sorry about the presentation of the recipe above (may warrant deleting). I have made the Bacon, Bourbon Toffee Nuts before though and they are VERY good – lol.

    • would love the bourbon toffee recipe. This nut recipe reminds me of my sister in law that passed away 6 years ago, it was her special christmas present to the family every year.

  56. I was thinking of making these a little bourbon flavored. Do you think they would turn out if I substituted the water with 1 tablespoon of bourbon?

  57. During the holidays, my daughter and I always have to pick these up at a local homespun gift shop. Now that she has moved to Seattle area..it is not near as often sadly. This recipe is as close to it as I have ever tasted! These were so easy to make and brought back special memories to me…Thanks for your post

  58. Mine turned out all sticky after cooling. What did I do wrong and is there anyway to fix them????

    • Not sure if you can fix it – you can try tossing it in some more cinnamon sugar. Did you follow the recipe exactly as is?

  59. I love this and want to make them for Christmas presents, but some of the people I’d be giving them to don’t eat eggs 🙁

    Any ideas on what I could do to make them egg-free?

    • You can try substituting maple syrup but I should tell you that the flavors of the nuts can significantly change with this ingredient.

  60. Would baking these on a parchment paper sheet work? Or would foil be better? I have an aversion to not lining baking sheets…lol

  61. I’m wondering if you can make these ahead and then freeze them until needed. I want to make jars of them as gifts to my neighbors but would like to make them a batch at a time. I have back problems that make standing for long times very difficult and it would be nice to be able to make the batches a little at a time and freeze them.

    • I’m honestly not too sure if this can be frozen as I have never done it myself. These nuts do have a shelf life for about a month in an airtight container.

  62. Made these today…they are almost gone =) Thanks to you and Averie for the delicious (and addicting) recipe! Yum!

  63. My family makes these in a crockpot during the holidays. I can’t stop eating them because they remind me of cinnamon rolls! Just looking at those pictures makes me hungry:)

    • how can these be made in the crock pot?
      and can they be made with just the peanuts?

      Love the site!!

      • Thank you, Renee! In response to your crock pot question, it is very difficult to give exact conversion information to translate this recipe to the slow cooker method as I have never done that myself. You can certainly use peanuts but you may have to adjust cooking time as needed.

    • How do you cook these in a crockpot?

  64. Oh that would be one dangerously delicious jar to have around the house, love these!

  65. Can’t wait to try these, I am wondering how long you can store them? Thanks!

  66. Thank you for the nice and easy recipe. Happy Halloween.

    • Hi liz your recipe looks amazing just waiting to try it, but one quick Q can we make it without eggs
      In india many people avoid eggs thanks KIRAN

      • Kiran, you cannot omit the eggs as there is no binder for the coating to stick. Please find an alternate substitute suitable to your dietary restrictions.

        • If you lessened the amount of sugar (maybe just replace the white sugar entirely), couldn’t you use honey to make the coating stick?

          • You can certainly give that a try but that sounds like adding unwanted sweetness and a sticky mess, making these to be a lot more difficult than it should be!

        • You can make these in a skillet first…. Cup of water cup of sugar, cinnamon and cook till clear/slow boil then add nuts and stir till they are “candied” then you can put in a slow oven for 15-20 min. This is how I make them.

          • 3 cups almonds, 1 cup sugar, 1/2 Tbsp cinnamon, 1/4 cup water, dissolve sugar, cinnamon in non-stick frying pan over medium heat, add almonds, keep stirring til the sugars get grainy, and liquid dries up. Put on parchment or wax paper to cool. No eggs required!

  67. Looks lovely and delicious. What a great gift idea! 🙂

  68. These look good! And easy too. I love candied nuts. These would be great on top of a salad. Yum!

  69. Love candied nuts and can’t ever have enough recipes, this one looks amazing!

  70. I could eat that entire batch on my own. Yum! Pinning these to my holiday gift board.

  71. YUMMO! I have to try these crusted nuts; I can save a heap of money and they look so easy. Your photos have captured the delicious nutty crust on these sugar bombs!

  72. Thanks for trying my recipe! I’m so glad you did! Your photos are gorgeous! And better you than me with all these nuts laying around. I have no control with these things..LOL Pinned of course!