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Gingered Nuts

Add a little spice and heat to purchased nuts with this recipe for an easy holiday appetizer, which combines mixed nuts with candied ginger and cayenne pepper. It's all poured over with sugar syrup, baked, and then cracked into brittle pieces once cooled.

  • Servings: 16
Gingered Nuts

Source: Everyday Food, December 2010


  • 1 pound unsalted mixed nuts (3 cups)
  • 3/4 cup minced candied ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 teaspoons coarse salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup water


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, combine nuts, candied ginger, cayenne pepper, salt, pepper, and sesame seeds. In a small saucepan, combine sugar and water over medium-high. Bring to a boil and cook, stirring occasionally, until sugar dissolves, 3 minutes.

  2. Pour sugar syrup over nut mixture and toss well to combine. Arrange in a single layer on a parchment-lined rimmed baking sheet. Bake until nuts are golden, 15 to 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Let cool completely on sheet on a wire rack before breaking into bite-size pieces.

Cook's Note

Gingered nuts can be stored in an airtight container in a cool, dry place for up to 2 weeks.

Reviews (2)

  • debbietollefson 9 Dec, 2011

    I took these to a holiday party and everyone loved them !!
    I had a 2.7oz. jar of crystallized ginger in my pantry, so just used that amount

  • tania 22 Nov, 2015

    This tastes good but the crystallized ginger made the mix too sticky to serve to guests.

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