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Gingered Nuts


Add a little spice and heat to store-bought nuts with this recipe for an easy holiday appetizer, which combines mixed nuts with candied ginger and cayenne pepper.

  • Servings: 16

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.

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  • SophieL41448
    14 MAY, 2016
    This was super easy and delicious. The cayenne was barely noticeable so I will add a teeny tad more next time. Also, a little more sugar syrup would have been better, especially to have the sesame seeds adhere to the larger nuts (I used a mix of pecans, almonds and cashews). Overall, an excellent recipe.
  • Lady Latte
    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