Candied Cashews

These candied cashews are the perfect quick and easy indulgent treat. The flavor profile of the dish is sweet and spicy while still preserving the delicious flavor of cashews.

candied cashews cooling on a sheet of baking paper

Caramel Candy

To make the delicious coating for our cashews, we melt butter and sugar until it becomes a caramel sauce. The sugar should be completely melted - we then add the cashews to the mixture before the sugar is fully melted so that we toast the cashews while the sugar melts onto the cashews. We use brown sugar in this recipe since it gives the caramel mixture a deeper flavor.

Spices

The spices of this dish are what makes it so hard to have only a few candied cashews, we add in some cinnamon, nutmeg, and cayenne pepper. Yes, cayenne pepper! We add just a little bit so that the flavor is subtle, but this adds a soft kick to the sweet candied treat. If you don’t like spice, it’s fine to omit the cayenne pepper, but we promise, you won’t be disappointed if you try this out!

candied cashews in a bowl

How should I store candied cashews?

You can store candied cashews in an airtight container for 1 week or the fridge for 3 weeks.

Can I substitute cashews for another kind of nut?

Yes, you can - substitute cashews for almonds, pecans, or peanuts. Alternatively, try out a combination of mixed nuts.

Candied Cashews

These candied cashews are the perfect quick and easy indulgent treat. The flavor profile of the dish is sweet and spicy while still preserving the delicious flavor of cashews.

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Cuisine
American

Servings
6

Calories
226 kcal

Prep time
1 minutes

Cook time
15 minutes

Total time
16 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 cup cashews

Instructions

  1. Melt 1 tablespoon of butter in a pot on low medium heat. Once melted, add 1 cup of cashews and ½ cup of brown sugar. Add ¼ teaspoon cinnamon, ¼ teaspoon nutmeg, ¼ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper to the pot.
  2. Mix continuously until the sugar is completely melted (roughly 10-15 minutes).
  3. Once the sugar is melted, spread the cashews on a tray lined with baking paper and leave the nuts and the mixture to cool until everything hardens.
  4. Break up the nuts once everything has cooled and enjoy!

Nutrition

  • Calories 226 kcal | 
  • Carbohydrates 25.7 g | 
  • Protein 4.6 g | 
  • Fat 12.9 g | 
  • Saturated fat 3.2 g | 
  • Cholesterol 5.1 mg | 
  • Sodium 105.3 mg | 
  • Fiber 0.9 g | 
  • Sugar 19.3 g |