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Fast and Easy Recipe For Holiday Smoky and Spicy Almonds

Smoky, Spicy, and Salty, These Nuts Are Like a Flavor Bomb in Your Mouth

There are spiced nuts, and then there are SPICED nuts. While other recipes might only bring a mild dose of heat, these almonds are far from meek. Savory, smoky, spicy, and salty, they prove addictive in a similar way to Doritos and other intensely flavored snacks.

Like all spiced nuts, they're a great low-effort appetizer option for any parties you may be hosting; alternatively, they make for a nice edible gift.

Smoky and Spicy Almonds

Smoky and Spicy Almonds

Smoky and Spicy Almonds


1 tablespoon water
1 large egg white
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 tablespoon garlic salt
1/2 tablespoon bacon salt or 1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
3/4 teaspoon ground cumin
2 dashes hot sauce
1/4 teaspoon worcestershire sauce
3/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon ancho chili powder
1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper
1 pound raw almonds


  1. Preheat oven to 300°F. Line a half sheet pan with a silpat or parchment.
  2. In a large bowl, combine water and egg white and whisk until foamy. Add the sugar, garlic salt, bacon salt (or kosher salt), paprika, cumin, hot sauce, worcestershire, cayenne, ancho chili powder, and white pepper. Whisk to combine. Add almonds; toss to coat evenly.
  3. Spread almonds in a single layer on the prepped half sheet pan.
  4. Bake for 20 minutes; stir almond mixture and reduce oven temperature to 275°F. Bake another 40 minutes, or until the nuts are dry to the touch. Cool completely before transferring to a container.

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Beauty Beauty 6 years
Thanks, Yum! These are delicious!!
AmberHoney AmberHoney 6 years
:drool: So now I have to add bacon salt to my collection? :)
DeviousMuse DeviousMuse 6 years
I always do a salty/spicy version and then a sweet version with just a pinch of cayenne. People can't decide which one they like more!
Food Food 6 years
In case anyone was wondering, I gave some to AlexisSF and PartySugar, then proceeded to go home and stuff my face with the remaining nuts I had at home. Just a warning!
AlexisSF AlexisSF 6 years
they are DELISH!!! thanks for sharing them with me!! I HIGHLY recommend these!
partysugar partysugar 6 years
I think these would make a wonderful gift for someone who is traveling over the holidays. They would be perfect for a plane ride snack!
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