Want a great, simple, very tasty recipe for spiced cocktail nuts? Look no further. These are fabulous and so easy to make! This time of year we all need something new to try and to serve, right?

It’s from Giada DeLaurentiis: “Spiced Cocktail Nuts Recipe” 


Oh I love my mortar and pestle! I must have bought it, what 25 years ago? It doesn’t see the light of day very often, but it’s always there when I need it. Marble is the only way to go!
This time is was for Cardamom seeds which needed grinding.



I saw this recipe over at Classic Casual Home (take a look: you will love Mary Ann) and it now resides in my recipe notebook.


Waiting to go in the oven



The finished product!


I’m also trying something new here, so let me know what you think. I have installed a plugin (that’s geek talk for a new gadget in a WordPress blog…) that formats and organizes recipes. All you have to do is click “Print”!
So, do you like this new gadget?

Recipe type: Appetizer
Serves: plenty
  • Ingredients
  • Vegetable cooking spray
  • 2 egg whites
  • 2 cups roasted and salted almonds
  • 2 cups roasted and salted cashew nuts
  • 2 cups walnut halves
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Madras curry powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 2½ teaspoons garlic salt
  • 1¼ teaspoons cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  1. Place an oven rack in the center of the oven. Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F. Spray a baking sheet, liberally, with vegetable cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk the egg whites until frothy. Add the nuts and stir until coated. In a small bowl, combine the sugar, curry powder, cumin, garlic salt, cayenne pepper, cardamom, and cinnamon. Sprinkle the sugar mixture over the nuts and toss until coated. Arrange the nuts in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 45 minutes until golden and fragrant. Cool for 1 hour.
  3. Using a metal spatula, remove the nuts from the baking sheet. Break the nuts into bite- sized pieces and place in serving bowls.
I added more spices than stated here. Having made this several times, I felt it needed a little boost!
Also, cook for one hour minimum: you might need an extra ten minutes.

Here is a gift I just finished this morning. Looks good enough to eat, right?

Red canister from Container Store.



I use waxed tissue paper for packing any kind of food.

I hope you will try this appetizer/munchy. Believe me, you will be hooked on these yummies.

P.S. It is p-e-r-f-e-c-t to wrap as a hostess gift!