Recipe For Christmas Nuts ~ Sweet and Salty Candied Nuts


Ridiculously delicious and super easy to make, these candied nuts make the perfect holiday snack or hostess gift. How beautiful would these be wrapped in a cellophane bag tied with colorful ribbon?

I was inspired to make this recipe when a friend brought a tray of these candied nuts to a brunch the other day. Sweet and salty wit a subtle hint of spice, they were a huge hit.  When I inquired about about her flavor combination I was impressed to find out that the ingredients used were all things I usually keep on hand in the kitchen.  A sophisticated snack, yet easy and fuss free – just perfect.


  • 1 cup of whole roasted unsalted almonds
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup tamari or soya sauce
  • salt to taste
  • pepper to taste
  • garlic salt to taste
  • pinch of cayenne pepper


  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a bowl, combine maple syrup, olive oil, tamari/soya sauce, and spices.
  3. Add almonds and coat well.
  4. Heat a skillet on med/high heat and add coated almonds.
  5. Cook almonds until the syrup “candies” becoming thick and sticky (about 6 minutes).
  6. Transfer to lined baking sheet to cool.


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