Spiced Holiday Nuts

These spiced holiday nuts are sweet, spicy, and delicious with their cinnamon, orange, and maple flavor profile. They are easy to prepare, and cleanup is a breeze as they’re made in foil in the crockpot.

They make a beautiful and tempting presentation sitting in small bowls around the area people are gathering.  They also make thoughtful gifts for family, friends, and neighbors who will be having guests during the holidays.

Spiced holiday nuts in a clear serving dish on a gray serving platter.

These nuts are great for any special occasion throughout the year.   Maple and cinnamon fit into that loved category of comfort food.  Pass a jar of these around the campfire for something unexpected.  Bring them on the boat to share at the sandbar.  They’re also the perfect snack for graduations and retirement parties where you want to add that extra something special.

Spiced holiday nuts in a clear serving dish on a gray serving platter.

Spiced Holiday Nuts

Foodie de Froid
Servings 4 cups
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 2 hours 5 minutes
These spiced holiday nuts are sweet, spicy, and delicious with their cinnamon, orange, and maple flavor profile. They are easy to prepare, and cleanup is a breeze as they're made in foil in the crockpot.
5 from 1 vote



  • Cooking spray
  • ¼ cup pure maple syrup
  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter melted
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 tsp orange zest finely grated
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 cups raw pecans
  • 2 cups roasted cashews unsalted


  • Line the insert of a 6-quart slow cooker (made before 2004) with heavy-duty foil, and coat with the cooking spray.
    Cooking spray
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the maple syrup, butter, cinnamon, orange zest, salt and cayenne Add the pecans and cashews, and mix to coat.
    ¼ cup pure maple syrup, 3 tbsp unsalted butter, 2 tsp ground cinnamon, 2 tsp orange zest, 1 teaspoon kosher salt, ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper, 2 cups raw pecans, 2 cups roasted cashews
  • Add the nuts to the slow cooker forming an even layer. Turn the heat to low and cook stirring the nuts, every 20 minutes.
  • Turn the slow cooker off and remove the cover. Stir occasionally as the nuts harden over the next hour. Serve immediately or store in an air-tight container for up to five days.

Kitchen Equipment

crock pot


Beware if you're using a newer model crockpot.  The UW government changed the temperature regulations for crockpots around 2004.  The newer models were not made for many crock pot recipes as they run too high.  This recipe is for an older crockpot or a cooker that allows you to control the temperature.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Calories 868


Serving: 4cupsCalories: 868kcalCarbohydrates: 44gProtein: 15gFat: 76gSaturated Fat: 15gPolyunsaturated Fat: 16gMonounsaturated Fat: 41gTrans Fat: 0.3gCholesterol: 23mgSodium: 595mgPotassium: 646mgFiber: 7gSugar: 17gVitamin A: 323IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 102mgIron: 5mg
Keyword holiday nuts, spicy
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