Nuts. I am a lover of all things having to do with just about every kind of nut out there. After finishing off our nut stash a few months back I decided to take a break from my nut obsession and stop buying them (excluding peanut butter. that would be madness). While nuts are a healthy snack, eating them by the handful each time I walked into the kitchen was not.
I will admit, when I tried my first pumpkin spice nut, I was a bit disappointed. Why were they not sweet? All along I expected them to be sweet which makes no sense since they are not coated in sugar or honey. A couple minutes later, I tried another, this time removing my sweet expectations. There is the perfect hint of pumpkin spice and a little heat thanks to the cayenne I added (optional, but recommended) and they are oh so good! So guys, fair warning, these cocktail nuts are not sweet, but they are addicting! The more you eat, the better they taste.
They would be great at any holiday party and are so easy to whip up! Plus, you can make them year-round just in case you get a pumpkin craving in June!
Pumpkin Spice Cocktail Nuts:
Prep time: 5 minutes, Cook time: 45 minutes
16 ounces mixed nuts (just about 3 cups)
1 egg white
2 teaspoons maple syrup
1 1/2 tablespoons pumpkin pie spice
optional: 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
*recipe calls for 1 teaspoon salt. I left this out and they were still delicious.
Preheat oven to 250 degrees F and line baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a small bowl, whisk egg white and maple syrup together until frothy. Meanwhile, place nuts in a large bowl.
Pour the mixture over the nuts and coat well (I used my hands).
Sprinkle the pumpkin pie spice (and cayenne pepper) over the nuts and toss until evenly combined (once again, I used my hands).
Spread the nuts onto the parchment paper into a single layer.
Bake for 45 minutes and allow to cool before serving.