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chipotle candied nuts

My house smelled like one of those kiosks when these were in the oven.


You know what kiosks I’m talking about right?

The ones that are at the mall during the holiday’s.

The ones that create that lingering sweet smell that draws you in and makes you wanna dig through you purse for every last bit of change.


Yep… these were those kind of nuts.

The kind that taste so good you burn your tongue eating them cause you can’t wait for them to cool off.

Wanna know my favorite thing about these nuts?

The smokey spicy kick from the chipotle.

Its just the right amount of kick too. Not the kind that makes your nose run.


A bit of advice?….

These nuts take a long time to cook and need frequent stirring… so be sure to clear you’re calender for a few hours.

Good news? They also make for a very pretty gift 🙂


Recipe adapted from Diane Morgan


  • 1 stick butter
  • 2 teaspoons ground chipotle
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 egg white at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 16 oz mixed nuts


Preheat oven to 300 degrees.

Place stick of butter in the middle of a large baking sheet. Place baking sheet in the oven and let the butter melt. Make sure butter does not burn.

Combine chipotle, brown sugar, and vanilla in a bowl. Set aside.

Whisk egg whites with electric mixer or stand mixer until soft peaks form. Slowly add sugar mixture in while beating egg whites. You should have a nice shiny meringue. Add nuts to egg white mixture and fold in until they are completely coated. Spread nuts onto butter coated baking sheet. Bake for 1 hour & 20 minutes stirring every 20 minutes.

Once nuts are cooked, place on parchment paper or aluminum foil and let cool completely.

Enjoy 🙂

16 Responses

  1. Michele @ Healthy Cultivations said on November 8, 2010 at 8:06 am

    I love the idea of combining spice with sweet. It’s the perfect balance!

  2. Jessica @ How Sweet said on November 8, 2010 at 8:08 am

    I love that smell this time of year. These are some of my favorite treats!

  3. Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg said on November 8, 2010 at 8:21 am

    Candied nuts make the perfect gift! These look awesome 🙂

  4. marla {family fresh cooking} said on November 8, 2010 at 8:51 am

    With all those nuts, butter and sugar plus spice I could see why these would be irresistible indeed! They would not last long enough to package as gifts 🙂

  5. Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) said on November 8, 2010 at 8:58 am

    These sound perfect with the spice! My mom makes something similar to this, but without the spice and we were refer to them as crack nuts since you can’t stop eating them!

  6. Heather @ Get Healthy With Heather said on November 8, 2010 at 10:10 am

    Those would be a great gift idea! I’m bookmarking it 🙂

  7. Lauren at KeepItSweet said on November 8, 2010 at 10:43 am

    i am tempted to make these for my party next weekend…. just have to find some ground chipotle

  8. Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday said on November 8, 2010 at 11:23 am

    Mmmmm. those sound delicious! I love candied nuts.

  9. Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun said on November 8, 2010 at 11:58 am

    I love those nuts!!! Too bad I don’t have the patience for that right now. And the fact that every few hour blocks I can sit aside has to be spent doing baby prep stuff. Boo.

  10. emily (a nutritionist eats) said on November 8, 2010 at 3:15 pm

    Yummm, My mom makes curried pecan and they are my favorite!

  11. Chicago Cuisine Critique said on November 8, 2010 at 3:19 pm

    Yum those look awesome! And I love that smell, i’m tempted every time. 🙂

  12. Pam said on November 8, 2010 at 3:48 pm

    These look incredible. A few hours will be tricky. But I have an adult son that loves to cook. He owes me big for even suggesting buying him ‘another’ laptop.
    I am gong to print this and make it his assignment for holiday dinner contribution.


  13. Natalia - a side of simple said on November 8, 2010 at 4:05 pm

    These look like the perfect little gift! I love how you decorated the jar 🙂

  14. Kasey said on November 8, 2010 at 6:47 pm

    I love that smell! This is such a great gift idea. Your decorated jar is adorable.

  15. Joanna Sutter (Fitness & Spice) said on November 9, 2010 at 7:12 am

    What a perfect gift…and an impressive presentation!

  16. Jennifer said on November 10, 2010 at 8:06 pm

    Love this!! How long do they stay good for in the jar?