This recipe for Sweet and Spicy Almonds is an all-time favorite. Something salty and sweet is nice to have in little bowls with a cold beverage, especially during the holidays or anytime you have company. Fair warning….these crunchy little nuts are totally addicting and have a delicious balance of sweet and spicy flavor…..easy to make too.
Sweet and Spicy Almonds
Recipes for spiced nuts are practically mandatory this time of year, and there are a million versions to choose from.
We all need some go-to recipes that are super delicious and not too time consuming or hard to make.
I LOVE a good sweet and spicy nut recipe because:
- They are crunchy, savory, sweet and very, very delicious all at the same time
- It’s the perfect crunchy bite paired with a cold beverage before the main course
- Easy roasted nut recipes are great to have on hand for when friends drop by
- No buffet table is ever complete without a bowl of sugary spicy roasted almonds, I think that’s a rule 🙂
How to Make Sweet and Spicy Almonds
These are simple ingredients, folks.
Nothing hard to find or crazy going on here:
- Raw, unsalted almonds: We’ll roast these ourselves, so getting raw almonds is important
- Course Salt: Just an everyday variety like Diamond Crystal works perfectly
- Cayenne Pepper: Just a teaspoon for the whole recipe, which won’t make these almonds too spicy
- Honey: For sweetness and balance
- Sugar: A small dusting at the very end sends these roasted spicy holiday snacks over the top
This recipe is adapted from Martha Stewart Food Everyday, and thanks to Martha, the recipe is easy and works every time.
Serving Ideas for this Recipe
- Sweet and Spicy Almonds are super cute loosely packed in cellophane bags and tied with a festive ribbon.
- They make a perfect hostess gift presented this way too.
- Use a pint-sized mason or Weck canning jar to put the almonds in as little gifts to your co-workers or friends! Tie a thin white or red satin ribbon at the base of the lid for extra cuteness.
Other Tips for Making Sweet and Spicy Almonds
- Toss the nuts in a salad of hearty greens with sliced pears and a creamy cheese with a light vinaigrette.
- Double the recipe! People love these holiday snacks and you’ll want to have plenty on hand.
- Make them ahead…they keep well in a container with tight-fitting lid for up to 2 weeks.
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Sweet and Spicy Almonds
- Makes 2 1/2 cups
- 2 1/2 cups Almonds, raw
- 1/4 cup Sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoon Salt
- 1 teaspoon Cayenne pepper
- 1 tablespoon Honey
- 1 tablespoon Water
- 1 teaspoon Olive oil
- 1 tbsp Sugar for finishing
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Place the raw almonds on large baking sheet lined with parchment paper
- Bake for 10-12 minutes, until the almonds are toasted, remove from oven
- Combine the sugar, salt and cayenne pepper in a large bowl
- In a large skillet over medium heat, add the honey and water and olive oil, stirring until combined - a minute or two
- Add the toasted almonds to the skillet and toss to coat. Remove from the heat.
- Transfer the nuts to the bowl with the sugar mixture using a slotted spoon, be careful not scrape any extra glaze into the bowl, and toss the almonds to coat them in the sugar.
- Cool in a single layer for 15 minutes
- Sprinkle the tablespoon of sugar (or more if you like) on the almonds, and toss gently to coat
- These Sweet and Spicy Almonds will keep well in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.
- I buy a large bag of raw almonds at Costco.
- This recipe was originally published in 2018 and was updated in November, 2019.