Candied Spiced Nuts (1 Pan!)

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Baking sheet with walnuts and pecans for making holiday spiced nuts

It’s countdown to Christmas over here and I’m freakin’ out.

If you’re like me, you’re a terrible gift planner/giver/buyer/etc., and it’s now too late to purchase anything meaningful.

But, like me, you likely have one redeeming quality: You love food and always have it around. Let’s use our kitchens as a resource and make candied nuts, shall we? Who doesn’t love the gift of food?!

Pouring syrup onto nuts for our homemade holiday gift idea of Roasted Candied Nuts

These nuts are extra, extra easy because they require 9 basic ingredients, about 15 minutes to make, and 1 PAN.

That’s right. No bowl required. Just dump walnuts and pecans onto a baking sheet, season, roast for 12-15 minutes, and BAM. You have roasty, toasty, delectable gifts or snacks. Wasn’t that simple?

Baking sheet with walnuts and pecans ready to be made into Roasted Candied Nuts for the holidays

These nuts truly are so easy they’ve become my go-to last-minute snack, salad– and oatmeal-topper, and gift (of course).


Insanely crunchy
Perfectly sweet
Subtly spiced
Surprisingly healthy
& Insanely delicious.

Keep them all for yourself or double the recipe and portion out into jars wrapped with twine and a little gift tag. Awe, isn’t that cute? And festive? Yeah, it totally is.

We hope you give this recipe a try. If you do, let us know by leaving a comment, rating it, and tagging a photo #minimalistbaker on Instagram! We’d love to see what you come up with. Cheers, friends!

Easy Freshly Roasted Candied Nuts on a baking sheet

15-Minute Candied Spiced Nuts (1 Pan!)

Amazing 15-minute roasted candied nuts made all on 1 pan! No bowl required, so spicy-sweet. The perfect holiday snack or homemade gift!
Author Minimalist Baker
Baking sheet with a scoop of coconut sugar and batch of Candied Spiced Nuts
4.81 from 56 votes
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 14 minutes
Servings 8 (1/4-cup servings)
Course Side, Snack
Cuisine Gluten-Free, Vegan
Freezer Friendly 1 month
Does it keep? 2-3 weeks


  • 1 cup raw pecans
  • 1 cup raw walnuts
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp melted coconut oil or olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp coconut sugar (plus more for topping)
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 healthy pinch cayenne pepper
  • 1 pinch ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 2 Tbsp maple syrup (divided)


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (176 C).
  • Add pecans and walnuts to a bare (or parchment-lined) baking sheet (or more baking sheets if increasing batch size) and top with oil, coconut sugar, cinnamon, cayenne, nutmeg, salt, and half of the maple syrup (1 Tbsp as original recipe is written // adjust if altering batch size). Toss to coat.
  • Bake for a total of 12-15 minutes, or until golden brown and fragrant, tossing/stirring once at the halfway point to ensure even cooking. Then remove from oven and immediately drizzle with remaining maple syrup (1 Tbsp as original recipe is written // adjust if altering batch size). I also like to sprinkle on a little more salt, cinnamon, and coconut sugar to coat, but this is optional.
  • Stir to combine/coat and enjoy warm or let dry/cool completely on the pan (they’ll crisp up as they dry/cool) before storing in an airtight container at room temperature up to 2-3 weeks (or in the freezer up to 1 month).
  • These make an excellent snack or topper for things like smoothies, salads, oats, baked oatmeal, pancakes, and roasted sweet potatoes. They also make a lovely gift! Portion into small jars, tie with ribbon or twine, and give the gift of plant-based goodness.


*Nutrition information is a rough estimate.
*Recipe (as originally written) yields 2 cups total.

Nutrition (1 of 8 servings)

Serving: 1 quarter-cup servings Calories: 226 Carbohydrates: 9.7 g Protein: 5 g Fat: 20.3 g Saturated Fat: 3.6 g Trans Fat: 0 g Cholesterol: 0 mg Sodium: 59 mg Fiber: 2.4 g Sugar: 6.6 g

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  1. Marnie says

    I just made these and am waiting for them to cool a bit more before I really dig in! But.. oh my god.. are these ever good.. and so easy to prepare! I mixed all the ingredients together and heated the mixture up in the microwave for 30 seconds. I mixed the nuts and heated mixture together in a bowl before placing them on a baking sheet. Once out of the oven I sprinkled more cinnamon and the remaining maple syrup on the nuts. I did not sprinkle any more coconut sugar on the nuts as they were already sweet enough. Unfortunately, I did not add enough cayenne pepper or nutmeg – I just don’t understand what a ‘pinch’ is. LOL! And based on other comments, I made a double batch.. so glad I did! Thank you for such a simple, delicious recipe!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Amazing! We’re so glad you enjoy the spiced nuts, Marnie. Thank you for the lovely review! There are measuring spoons for a pinch/dash, but we prefer to taste test and add more, as needed :)

  2. Diane Julian says

    This is the best & easiest recipe. I’ve made double batches of this recipe to give for Christmas. These nuts are addictive! Highly recommend for a tasty gift or just to munch.

  3. Lindsey says

    This recipe has been my go to homemade holiday gift, for years. Coupled with a gift bag of cookies, this makes for a fantastic, super easy gift that you can give to literally anyone and they will text you with so much love and appreciation. Thank you for creating such an easy, reliable recipe that truly makes my life easier (and more delicious).

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Aw, thank you SO much for this amazing review, Lindsey! We’re so glad you enjoy the recipe! xo

  4. Darcie Greenland says

    Not a good recipe. Much easier and more consistent recipes from all recipes. Coating didn’t harden, and oil seemed redundant.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Sorry you didn’t enjoy this one, Darcie! It’s usually a reader favorite. Did you make any modifications?