Spiced Holiday Nuts

Spiced Holiday Nuts Recipe

One of my family’s favorite traditions is making homemade gifts in a jar. And the wonderful thing is, they’re as much fun to make together, as they are to give to others! Simply layer the ingredients of a treasured recipe in a jar, then add a festive ribbon and tag, and there you have it – a thoughtful gift made with love!

Homemade gifts are not only a personal way to show your friends and family you care, but they also make thoughtful, economical gifts for all of the other special people in your family’s life too, such as teachers, neighbors, and co-workers.

This year, we’ll be spreading holiday cheer with this delightful Spiced Holiday Nuts Gift-in-a-Jar recipe. These tasty nuts capture the aroma and flavor of the holiday season with just a hint of cayenne, giving them an extra kick of flavor. Honestly, it’s almost impossible to stop eating them.

Spiced Holiday Nuts Recipe

That’s why, it’s a good thing these spiced nuts are a healthier treat. That’s right, they may look sugared, but they’re not. Their sweetness comes from pure maple syrup which creates a lightly sweet glaze that coats the nuts beautifully, ensuring delicious sweet-n-spicy flavor in every bite.

Of course, the best part is how easy this tasty gift is to make! Just add all of the ingredients to your KitchenAid® 6-Quart Slow Cooker and “voila” you’ve got the perfect homemade holiday treat.

Let me show you how simple it really is to make this festive gift …

Spiced Holiday Nuts Recipe

Add 6 cups of raw nuts to your KitchenAid® Slow Cooker. This recipe is very versatile, so feel free to use any combination of nuts you’d like. Or you can use just one nut, such as pecans or walnuts with equally delicious results.

Spiced Holiday Nuts Recipe

Make the sweet-n-spicy coating by whisking together the melted butter, maple syrup and spices as directed in the recipe below.

Spiced Holiday Nuts Recipe

Pour the sweet-n-spicy mixture over the nuts and stir well, until thoroughly combined. Then, cover and cook according to the recipe instructions. Remember to stir the nuts every 30 minutes to ensure even cooking.

Spiced Holiday Nuts Recipe

After cooking time is completed, stir the nuts well. Then, carefully spread them out onto two parchment-lined baking sheets to cool completely. Once the nuts are completely cool, it’s time for gift-making fun!

Spiced Holiday Nuts Recipe

To make gifts-in-a-jar, gather together your favorite jars, such as canning jars, mason jars or even recycled jelly jars. Then, quickly fill the jars with the spiced nuts before you’re tempted to eat them all yourself. Then, gather together festive ribbon and tags, and let your creativity soar as you create beautiful, homemade gift jars that your friends and family will love!

Spiced Holiday Nuts

Makes 6 cups


6 cups raw nuts (I use 2 cups each of pecans, almonds and cashews)
3 tablespoons butter (or coconut oil), melted
1/2 cup pure maple syrup
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon sea salt


Very lightly grease the bottom and sides of a KitchenAid® 6-Quart Slow Cooker with butter or coconut oil. Set the temperature to high. Place the nuts into the prepared slow cooker.

In a small bowl, add the remaining ingredients – melted butter, maple syrup and seasonings – whisk together until well blended.

Pour the sweet-n-spicy mixture over the nuts. Use a rubber spatula to thoroughly combine, making sure the nuts are well coated and are evenly distributed across the bottom of the slow cooker.

Cover and cook on HIGH for 30 minutes. Then stir the nuts well and reduce the temperature to LOW. Cover and continue to cook on low for 1 1/2 more hours, making sure to stir the nuts every 30 minutes.

After cooking time is completed, stir the nuts well. Then, carefully spread the nuts out onto two parchment-lined baking sheets to cool.

Allow the spiced nuts to cool completely. Then, place them into airtight containers, such as mason jars. If giving as a gift, add festive ribbon and gift tags to the jars as described above to create a beautiful homemade gift.

Kitchen Tip: Nuts will remain fresh in an airtight container at room temperature for about a week, or store in the refrigerator for up to one month.

Spiced Holiday Nuts Recipe


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  • ummmmmmmmm! Great idea and I have that slow cooker … never would have thought to use it like this! Thanks so much.

  • We love roasting nuts at holiday time, but I never considered doing it in a slow cooker – thanks for the fantastic idea, Kelly!

  • bwolslegel

    I tried this today, and granted I lost track of time so they probably cooked for an extra 15 minutes on low, but they were quite sticky and not sugar coated like your picture looks. They taste fine, just a different consistency than I was expecting. Any thoughts as to why?

    • If you followed the recipe exactly as instructed without making any substitutions or measurement changes, I’m not sure why you did not achieve same results? I’ve made this recipe dozens of times and the nuts always dry completely within the two hour cook time. Perhaps your slow cooker is not achieving the right temperature? I would recommend continuing to cook, until the nuts are nearly dry in the slow cooker.

      • bwolslegel

        I did ‘fix’ them by shaking them in a bag with a tsp of sugar and baking them at 170 for about 20 minutes. So maybe cooking them longer was the key. Thanks for the recipe, people are loving them!

  • Jennifer

    Do you ever soak nuts before doing this? I am wondering if I could soak them first and then leave them longer with the mixture in the crock pot or if I would need to dehydrate the nuts and then cook them in the crock pot with the other ingredients. Any thoughts?

    • Hi, Jennifer. I would recommend dehydrating (or oven drying) the nuts after soaking until they are completely dry before making this recipe. The moisture that would be released from soaked nuts would negatively impact the outcome of the recipe. However, using soaked nuts that have been thoroughly dried first before making this recipe would not present any issue, and in fact would make these nuts even healthier, as you know. 🙂


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