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.



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  • 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.

  • 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.

Reviews (3)

148 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 24
  • 4 star values: 27
  • 3 star values: 47
  • 2 star values: 47
  • 1 star values: 3
Rating: 5 stars
This is my third or fourth time making this recipe. I follow it to the letter and am happy every time. I've served it as a snack at Thanksgiving; sent it as a gift at Christmas; and, I just made it today for guests we're having over during this blustery Minnesota weekend.
Rating: 4 stars
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.
Rating: Unrated
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