Monday, September 24, 2012

Crock Pot Spiced Nuts

Have you ever bought hot nuts from a street vendor in New York City?  It's the best!  My daughter, Megan, LOVES nuts, especially sugar-coated ones.  I found this recipe on Pinterest and I made a few changes here and there.  I won't say it's the fastest way to make these type of nuts, but it certainly is easy.  Make sure you are going to be home for several hours, though.

1 cup sugar
1 cup light brown sugar
2 Tbs. cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp. allspice
1 1/2 tsp. chili powder
1/8 tsp. salt
1 egg white
2 tsp. vanilla
3 cups nuts (one type or a variety, I
    used pecans)
1/4 cup water

Mix sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, allspice, chili powder and salt in a medium-sized bowl.

In another bowl, whisk egg white and vanilla until frothy.

Add nuts, making sure they are covered entirely by the egg mixture.

Add spice mixture to the nuts and toss until thoroughly coated.

Spray the inside of the crock pot with PAM.

Add the nuts to the crock pot and set it on low.

Cook for 3 hours, stirring every 20 minutes. After one hour:

After 2 hours:

Add water and mix so that the entire mixture is coated.  Continue stirring every 20 minutes, three more times.  Spread out on a lined (waxed paper, tin foil or parchment paper) cookie sheet to cool.  Make sure you separate the nuts and they are in a single layer.

These come out so nice and crunchy.  Oh, the best thing is your house smells so wonderful.  The nuts had been cooking for about 2 hours when Megan came home and walked into the kitchen.  She immediately wanted to know what that heavenly smell was.  Unfortunately, they were not nearly done enough, so she had to wait.

I have been saving spaghetti jars to make cookies in a jar gifts for Christmas.  I bought glass knobs on-line.  I used my Dremel 100 to sand the cover and drill a hole in the center.  I bought some antique-looking wood screws at the local hardware store.  I hot glued the screw into the glass knob and then glued the knob onto the cover.  To make it look really cute, you can add any type of ribbon and a cute card with the recipe on it.  

Since I had the jars hanging around waiting for Christmas, I decided to put some nuts into one and it is the perfect container for a wonderful gift.


  1. Thanks for sharing. These look beautiful and I especially love the jars you made! Have you ever tried making a double batch in the crock pot? If so I'm wondering if they cook the same, or if it's better to do 2 separate batches. Please let me know if you have time. Thanks!

  2. Hi Alissa:

    I think you can double it. Just make sure you reach all the nuts when you are mixing them. They are delicious. Good luck. Peggy