Cinnamon Sugar Candied Cashews

You’ll never need to buy those extremely over-priced fancy candied cashews again.

The kind that are so good you can’t stop eating them. Like $20 dollars worth in 20 minutes.

Cinnamon Sugar Candied Cashews (GF) - Make the fancy storebought kind at home! Salty-and-sweet, ready in 30 mins & so good!

Never again. You can make your own. This is best and easiest recipe for homemade candied nuts I’ve tried.

The recipe is adapted from my Sweet with Heat Cinnamon Sugar Candied Nuts and I made it even easier.

Cinnamon Sugar Candied Cashews (GF) - Make the fancy storebought kind at home! Salty-and-sweet, ready in 30 mins & so good!

Everything is mixed in one bowl and they’re ready in 30 minutes. Can’t beat it.

They’re salty-and-sweet with just the right amount of cinnamon to add great depth of flavor. Add a pinch of cayenne for extra shazaam.

Cinnamon Sugar Candied Cashews (GF) - Make the fancy storebought kind at home! Salty-and-sweet, ready in 30 mins & so good!

Although almonds seem to be a cult favorite, I’ve never been as big of an almond fan as either cashews or peanuts. I could eat honey-roasted peanuts all day long and the same goes for these cashews.

Cashews are softer and more buttery than almonds, which I prefer. I use them in vegan desserts as a butter replacer.

Cinnamon Sugar Candied Cashews (GF) - Make the fancy storebought kind at home! Salty-and-sweet, ready in 30 mins & so good!

The cashews have the perfect amount of satisfying crunch, thanks to the cinnamon sugar coating. It’s crunchy and really bakes in rather than just falling off, which is all too common with homemade candied nuts.

The secret? An egg white. It serves to coat the nuts before they’re tossed with cinnamon and sugar so it adheres. And while baking, the egg white binds and solidifies the coating onto the nuts.

Cinnamon Sugar Candied Cashews (GF) - Make the fancy storebought kind at home! Salty-and-sweet, ready in 30 mins & so good!

I used whole roasted, lightly salted cashews from Trader Joe’s. Their nuts are the best value for me. I don’t have room to store Costco-sized quantities of things. I prefer using already roasted rather than raw nuts because they have more flavor.

The recipe works with almonds, pecans, walnuts, macadamia nuts, and peanuts, although you may need to adjust the baking time slightly.

Cinnamon Sugar Candied Cashews (GF) - Make the fancy storebought kind at home! Salty-and-sweet, ready in 30 mins & so good!

Between the salty-and-sweet factor along with the crunch factor, I went to town on the cashews immediately as they came out of the oven. The scent in your house while they bake is just heavenly.

They firm up and get crunchier as they cool so waiting an hour, or even overnight, is best. But I couldn’t.

They make excellent easy, inexpensive, and impromptu gifts, but because they’re so addictively good you may not have any left over to give.

Cinnamon Sugar Candied Cashews (GF) - Make the fancy storebought kind at home! Salty-and-sweet, ready in 30 mins & so good!

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Cinnamon Sugar Candied Cashews (gluten-free)

This is the best and easiest recipe for candied nuts you'll find. Everything is mixed in one bowl and from start to finish, you're done in 30 minutes. They're salty-and-sweet with just the right amount of cinnamon to add great depth of flavor. Add cayenne for an extra kick. The cinnamon-sugar coating is crunchy and really bakes into the nuts, thanks to an egg white which helps the coating adhere, bind, and solidify. The recipe works with almonds, pecans, walnuts, macadamia nuts, and peanuts, although you may need to adjust and baking time slightly. I used lightly salted, previously roasted cashews. They firm up dramatically as they cool, so don't be tempted to over-bake them. They make excellent easy, inexpensive, and impromptu gifts, but because they're so addictively good you may not have any left over to give.

Yield: about 3 cups (1 pound) nuts

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: about 25 to 30 mintues

Total Time: about 1 hour, for cooling

Ingredients:

1 egg white, whisked to very frothy
1 tablespoon water
3 cups cashews (I used 1 pound bag of roasted, lightly salted; substitute with almonds, pecans, walnuts, peanuts or a combo)
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
1 to 2 teaspoons cinnamon, or to taste (I used 2 heaping teaspoons)
1 teaspoon Kosher salt, or to taste (salt will vary based on preference and if you're using salted or unsalted cashews)
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper, optional and to taste (reduce to 1/4 teaspoon for milder heat)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 300F. Line a baking sheet with a Silpat or parchment paper. Don't skip lining your baking sheet; set aside.
  2. To a large bowl, add the egg white, water and whisk vigorously until very frothy, foamy, and bubbly, about 2 minutes by hand.
  3. Add the nuts and stir to coat.
  4. Add the sugars, cinnamon, salt, and optional cayenne, and stir to coat evenly.
  5. Turn nuts out onto to prepared baking sheet, spreading them in an even flat layer.
  6. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes (I baked 28 minutes); don't overbake or nuts can burn. Coating will appear bubbly, quite soupy and wet in the center of tray even when nuts are ready to be pulled from oven. It will seem like nuts should bake longer so the coating dries out more, but it firms up dramatically as nuts cool. As always, use your judgment and let your nose and eyes be your guide to doneness.
  7. Allow nuts to cool on baking tray for at least 30 minutes. Ideally, leave nuts on baking tray and exposed to air to cool overnight; this helps them get extra crispy and crunchy.
  8.  When nuts are cool enough to handle break apart large clusters.
  9. Transfer nuts to airtight containers or jars. Nuts will keep airtight at room temperature for at least 1 month.

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67 Responses to “Cinnamon Sugar Candied Cashews”

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    Belinda@themooblushbaker — April 28, 2014 at 2:51 am

    I love sugar nuts too! Unfortunately I can not make them too often as I always eat half the batch before they are completely cool!

    Great pictures, I can almost taste the spice and crunch from Australia.

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — April 28th, 2014 at 3:48 am

      Thanks for saying you like the pics! It is nearly impossible to take pics of little nuts with coating on them that’s not exactly pretty and have the pics turn out at all as good as what the food TASTES like :) So thank you!

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    Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness — April 28, 2014 at 3:09 am

    Oh man, I am obsessed with candied nuts! Especially those ah-may-zing ones that come on top of restaurant salads! But now I can totally eat them at home by the mouthful! Pinned!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — April 28th, 2014 at 3:47 am

      They’re exactly like those kind. That they give you like 5 and you cherish them like gold :) Thanks for pinning!

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    Paula — April 28, 2014 at 3:31 am

    I can almost smell these…and festival season is coming so they really pop up everywhere. I totally agree about using the egg white so spices adhere. I’ve made my share of seasoned nuts only to have the seasonings end up in the bottom of the bowl! I’ve thought about trying this for more of a savory spice mix too.

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — April 28th, 2014 at 3:47 am

      You could totally go more savory with these but you know me, I will always take my sweets, first :) And that frustrating feeling of the coating all falling off, gah. I know it. But not with this method!

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    Marie @ Little Kitchie — April 28, 2014 at 4:10 am

    I made some honey mustard roasted cashews a couple months ago and they were absolutely addicting! I know these would be too!!!

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    Laura @ Raise Your Garden — April 28, 2014 at 4:25 am

    Ha, no more begging for free samples of roasted candied nuts at the fair this year.

    Will totally make these. Why didn’t I think do make something like this before? I don’t know….that’s why I read food blogs I guess =)

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — April 28th, 2014 at 9:09 am

      You’re so sweet :) And I know what you mean about the free samples..ha! Totally have done that!

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    Chloe — April 28, 2014 at 4:45 am

    Those look so good! I love candies nuts, especially the cashew ones!

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    Sarah@WholeandHeavenlyOven — April 28, 2014 at 5:02 am

    Oh I LOVE candied nuts! I never make them as often as I really should—I love that you chose to use cashews for your candied nuts. What a fun twist! I like cashews better than almonds too. ;) I can’t believe how amazing your photos look when you’re working with such a hard subject! You nailed it. :) pinned.

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — April 28th, 2014 at 9:08 am

      Thank you for saying that about the images. I was telling someone else small brown objects with a weirdly-textured coating, not exactly super camera-friendly so thanks for the compliments & pin!

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    Chelsea @chelseasmessyapron — April 28, 2014 at 5:04 am

    I love candied nuts! Perfect for snacking on during ball games in the summer. At least that’s one of my favorite times to take them along! Plus cashews are definitely one of my favorite nuts – so much flavor! Pinning :)

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — April 28th, 2014 at 9:07 am

      Thanks for pinning and snacking on nuts during games or DVR’ed TV shows is like my fave thing ever :)

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    Colleen @ What's Baking in the Barbershop?! — April 28, 2014 at 5:04 am

    I looove cashews, and I know I’d love them even more when they’re coated with cinnamon sugar goodness!

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    Melanie @ Carmel Moments — April 28, 2014 at 5:18 am

    My kids adore cashews. I bet they’d go ‘nuts’over these. :)
    Have a beautiful Monday Averie!

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    DessertForTwo — April 28, 2014 at 5:24 am

    haha, put DOWN the giant box of expensive nuts at Costco, and make these instead!! I’m on it :)

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — April 28th, 2014 at 9:07 am

      Girl I know. Not to mention, when you have THAT many in the house, it’s just, well….too dangerous :)

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    Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice — April 28, 2014 at 5:35 am

    Theses candied cashews look delish! I actually just made some cinnamon sugar almonds, but haven’t tried that with cashews yet, so this is next on my list!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — April 28th, 2014 at 9:06 am

      Great minds think alike since you just made some cinn sugar nuts!

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    Katie — April 28, 2014 at 5:57 am

    I would eat these all in like one minute.

    On the heels of my nut post – yes to the roasted and not raw, to cashews being FAR superior to almonds, and to not buying in bulk!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — April 28th, 2014 at 9:06 am

      The funny thing is that I had this post shot and written for like 4 weeks. I needed something fast before my trip as a just in case post. Never used it there so here it is. So when I read your post the other day, I knew I had this baby lingering all along. Great minds :) This coating would be amazing on pistachios too. Although I need to COOL it :)

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    Amanda — April 28, 2014 at 6:00 am

    Thanks so much, these would make great gifts but I don’t think I could part with any of them! :)

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — April 28th, 2014 at 9:05 am

      Thanks, Amanda, and I’d be happy to rehome some to you so I don’t eat them all!

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    Mary Frances @ The Sweet {Tooth} Life — April 28, 2014 at 6:17 am

    20 dollars in 20 minutes – how did you know that was me? Like, I really cannot stop eating good candied nuts. I have to limit how many batches I make lol! I’ve never tried candied cashews (I got them for some dairy subs) but since they are so buttery and rich, I bet they would taste amazing covered in this spice blend!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — April 28th, 2014 at 9:04 am

      They are so buttery and rich, exactly! And glad you can understand the $20/20min situation too :)

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    Mir — April 28, 2014 at 7:09 am

    As if cashews weren’t addictive enough already…these look deadly! Can’t wait to up the ante with these for my next nut binge!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — April 28th, 2014 at 9:04 am

      I know they’re so easy to go crazy on :)

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    Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust — April 28, 2014 at 7:21 am

    OMG. You have no idea how much I want to make these RIGHT NOW. But then I’d eat the whole batch and be sick and have a raw mouth. But it would be worth it!!!

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    Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet — April 28, 2014 at 8:12 am

    I am obsessed with these! Must make! Pinned!

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    Shannon — April 28, 2014 at 10:17 am

    Just returned from TJ’s with 2 bags of cashews just by chance. This looks incredible! Must try!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — April 28th, 2014 at 12:05 pm

      That’s a beautiful coincidence!!! :)

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    Natasha — April 28, 2014 at 10:22 am

    I love candied nuts (and fruits, too!), these look delicious! It’s nice that you get to know exactly what’s in them if you make them yourself, too. What a lovely treat snack!

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    marla — April 28, 2014 at 11:12 am

    OK. I know what I’m having for breakfast, lunch, dinner & snacks. Love these cashews Averie! Pinning now :)

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — April 28th, 2014 at 12:04 pm

      Thanks for pinning and over some of your lovely cocktails you’ve been posting, these and those would be perfect together :)

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    Ashley @ musingsandoats — April 28, 2014 at 11:28 am

    Well these look suuuuper good. I’ve been wanting to try and make some candied nuts for awhile (if I could master them, I am pretty sure they’d be a welcomed add on to Christmas gifts this year :) ) Your recipe looks great! Thanks for sharing!

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    Nancy @ gottagetbaked — April 28, 2014 at 2:35 pm

    I need to go and buy my weight’s worth in cashews because I need these candied nuts in my life stat! Averie, your photos are beautiful and I can tell just by looking at them how fabulously crunchy and flavourful your cashews turned out. I adore candied nuts and can’t stop eating them once I stop. I have a feeling I’ll need to keep these under lock ‘n key to prevent myself from eating them all in one go!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — April 28th, 2014 at 5:58 pm

      I had to rehome some of these since lock and key wouldn’t work…I know where I keep the key :)

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — April 28, 2014 at 3:21 pm

    I love cashews, wish I had these in front of me for an afternoon snack. Pinned!

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    Meredith — April 28, 2014 at 7:38 pm

    Over the top delicious!

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    Polly @ Tasty Food Project — April 28, 2014 at 8:39 pm

    I love plain cashews but wow! Candied cashews sounds amazing!

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    ami@naivecookcooks — April 28, 2014 at 9:12 pm

    Wow these look so mouthwatering!!

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    Tara | Treble in the Kitchen — April 29, 2014 at 2:08 am

    OH! I’ve done almonds, walnuts, and pecans before but never cashews…these look fabulous!! :) Great idea!

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    zerrin — April 29, 2014 at 7:32 am

    I saw these in the morning today and couldn’t wait till weekend to make. I wasn’t sure if they would be loved or not, so I tried it with just one cup of peantuts and they disappeared in no time! Mom and dad are with us and they LOVED the crispy and sweet peanuts. They didn’t wait till five o’clock tea time, we all ate them right from the baking tray! They got angry because I made just 1 cup. I know I will be making these quite often! Thanks so much Averie for these addictive snack!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — April 29th, 2014 at 12:28 pm

      So glad you enjoyed them and yes 1 cup among 3-4 people would be gone in like 5 minutes :)

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    Karly — April 29, 2014 at 9:43 am

    This is the same recipe I use, but for mixed nuts. Love it!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — April 29th, 2014 at 12:42 pm

      I tweaked my other recipe & made it easier! Glad you’re a fan of the method, too!

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    Laura Dembowski — April 29, 2014 at 5:58 pm

    These would be dangerous to have around. So addictive! I go through so many nuts that I do buy them at Costco and they are of a surprisingly high quality.

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — April 29th, 2014 at 6:30 pm

      I have no doubt the quality is good. I just don’t need that many nuts on hand. Way too much cardio to do :)

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    Amy @ Amy's Healthy Baking — April 29, 2014 at 6:05 pm

    Averie, this is just too perfect — cashews are my mom’s favorite and I’ve been wondering what to give her for Mother’s Day! I love how easy your recipes is compared to others (I’m always scared of burning them on the stovetop, which is how I grew up making candied nuts), and the egg white tip? Brilliant! Now all that’s left is a trip to TJ’s… And a month of waiting for Mother’s Day. ;)

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    Kelly - Life made Sweeter — April 30, 2014 at 12:57 am

    Oh my gosh, candied nuts are my weakness! I love snacking on them, sometimes a little too much haha. I love that I can make these at home and that way I’m not devouring a whole ginormous Costco-sized jar :) Love the gorgeous pics – pinned :)

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — April 30th, 2014 at 2:17 am

      Thanks for pinning and exactly to what you said about the Costco sized jar :)

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    Julie @ This Gal Cooks — April 30, 2014 at 5:18 pm

    I’ve made candies pecans but never candied cashews. I LOVE cashews so I need to try this soon. Really digging the addition of cayenne pepper into your candied nuts. I enjoy a little heat in my food. Great recipe, Averie! Pinned!

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    Tracy | Pale Yellow — April 30, 2014 at 6:53 pm

    I’ve never made my own sugar-spiced nuts before, but I need to get into it! Totally pinned!

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    Sylvie | Gourmande in the Kitchen — May 1, 2014 at 12:35 am

    That salty/sweet combination is the best, I could probably finish off a whole batch of these if left unattended.

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    Emily @ Life on Food — May 17, 2014 at 4:18 pm

    Candied nuts are my favorite. I cannot stop myself once I have some in front of me. The expensive prices are built in self control. High prices I can resist. Candied nuts I cannot. These are dangerously divine!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — May 17th, 2014 at 7:29 pm

      Well I hope you can save some money then and DIY!

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    Linda — October 14, 2014 at 9:49 am

    I made these this weekend and after burning a batch of Buttery Captain Crunchies to beyond recognition, (note to self “put glasses on to set oven dial!”), I was afraid of burning the nuts (I used peanuts). So I took them out after 20 minutes. They were yummy but didn’t harden up. In fact, when they cooled and I tried to break them apart they were total goo in the center of the baking sheet. So I reheated the oven and popped them back in for 12 more minutes, checking each 4 minutes. When they cooled the second time they were nice and crunchy! Yay! My husband gave them his highest praise “These are damn tasty!” Thanks for another great recipe. :)

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — October 14th, 2014 at 4:12 pm

      Glad they came out great for you after the 12 minute stint back in the oven. With things like this, you just have to watch them like a hawk and bake until they’re not gooey. Glad they got the husband’s seal of approval :) And sorry about the glasses/Capn Crunchies situation…that sounds like something I would do!

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