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These slow roasted almonds, cashews, and pecans are coated in a sugar glaze spiced with cinnamon making an addicting snack for any occasion! They also make amazing neighbor gifts!

cinnamon nuts in a white bowl.

The holidays are such a busy time of the year. I have been baking up a storm this last week in my kitchen and giving away treats to the neighbors like crazy! It is always hard thinking of a great neighbor treat that doesn’t take up a lot of time. One of my favorite thing this time of the year are cinnamon sugar candied nuts. They make such an amazing treat and neighbor gift!

Do you know what my two most used ingredients are this time of year? Cinnamon and vanilla. I buy McCormick’s cinnamon and vanilla in bulk! And then I am so paranoid about running out of it that I usually buy it every time I go to the store. Needless to say, if there is a cinnamon or vanilla shortage just come over to my house! I always choose to use McCormick spices because they are high quality and add the best flavor to my baking.

Ingredients ground cinnamon and vanilla extract.

Buying the cinnamon almonds at the mall can be so expensive. It is so easy to make them right at home and it all comes together in a matter of minutes. The cinnamon adds the perfect spice to these nuts. They roast to perfect candied perfection in the oven and create the perfect gift to give you your neighbors!

You start with an egg white and vanilla coating on the mixed nuts. This allows the cinnamon and brown sugar to help coat and stick to the nuts while roasting. Then, you toss them to coat with the delicious cinnamon sugar.

cinnamon sugar nuts collage showing each step to prepare them.

You spread them out on a baking sheet and before you know it they are ready to pop right into the oven!

nuts on a pan

Here is the best part of making these nuts. The cinnamon aroma just fills your house. It smells like Christmas while they are roasting. Cinnamon is one of my favorite scents this time of year. And you will love the way they make your house smell while roasting to candied perfection.

As soon as they come out they look perfect coated in the cinnamon sugar. They are crunchy and sweet and have the perfect amount of cinnamon spice. They are such addicting snack!

Coated nuts in a flat row

In fact just looking at the pictures makes me want to go and grab a handful to snack on! Hang on I will be right back. ?

You are going to love this simple to make treat for the holidays! They are perfect for this time of the year and your neighbors are going to love you for them. And a special thank you to McCormick for bringing us this quality and delicious spice that we couldn’t live without for the holidays!

Roasted cinnamon sugar nuts in a white bowl.

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Roasted Cinnamon Sugar Candied Nuts

5 from 2 votes
By: Alyssa Rivers
These slow roasted almonds, cashews, and pecans are coated in a sugar glaze spiced with cinnamon making an addicting snack for any occasion! They also make amazing neighbor gifts!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 10 Servings


  • 1 egg white
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 3 cups nuts I used cashews, almonds, and pecans
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons McCormick Ground Cinnamon


  • Preheat your oven to 250 degrees. Lightly spray a jelly roll pan with cooking spray. In a medium sized bowl, add the egg white and vanilla. Whisk together until frothy. Add the mixed nuts and stir until coated.
  • In a small bowl mix together the brown sugar and cinnamon. Add to the nuts and toss until coated. Spread the nuts evenly on your prepared pan.
  • Bake for 50-60 minutes in the oven and stir every 15 minutes until golden. Cool and then store in an airtight container.


Calories: 302kcalCarbohydrates: 22gProtein: 8gFat: 22gSaturated Fat: 3gSodium: 13mgPotassium: 277mgFiber: 4gSugar: 11gVitamin A: 6IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 43mgIron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
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This post was sponsored by McCormick®. I love working with brands that I am passionate about and use in the kitchen for myself. All opinions expressed are my own.



About Alyssa Rivers

Alyssa Rivers is the author of 'The Tried and True Cookbook', a professional food photographer and experienced recipe-developer. Having a passion for cooking, her tried and true recipes have been featured on Good Morning America, Today Food, Buzzfeed and more.

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  1. 5 stars
    This is the best candied nuts recipe hands down!
    I make it all her long as written!
    Don’t need to change a thing!
    Thank you for sharing!

    1. Yes, you can freeze them. When ready to eat just sit them out at room temperature. It is best to have them fresh though.

  2. I stumbled on this recipe while looking for the candied almonds from the old baseball stadiums. This is not comparable to that, but it is fairly close. I don’t fault the recipe for it not being comparable, it’s not supposed to be, but if that is what you are looking for, double the egg whites, vanilla, cinnamon and sugar parts for the same amount of nuts to get close. The roasting instructions are spot on though in terms of cooking duration for a nice crispy cooked almond.

      1. Oops, i mean what kind of nuts did everyone use: raw, roasted and if so salted/unsalted

  3. Addictive is right! You can’t eat just one. This is my FAVORITE spiced nuts recipe. Just the right amount of coating, and the perfect crunch… my favorite part. This is my go to neighbor gift during the holidays.

  4. I just made these, and they are delicious! I used a mix of raw pecans, cashews, almonds, and Brazil nuts. Thanks for a terrific recipe.

    1. I made four pounds of sugar coated nuts yesterday. They cam out perfect. But there are only two of us and I need to know how to store them so they will not get soft. I would appreciate your help. Thanks