Cinnamon Roasted Nuts

READY IN: 22mins
Recipe by Deb Wolf

These are very similar to the cinnamon nuts sold at fairs. I only prepare when I'm having guests because they are seriously ADDICTIVE. But if you have willpower, they also freeze well.

Top Review by mariposa 975

I wanted to make something sweet to nibble on for the football game. Suddenly I became overwhelmed by a craving for those nuts you get at the carnival. This recipe IS IT! I was particularly surprised that I didnt have to bake these. I chose pecans, walnuts, and cashews - unsalted. My FIL flipped out over these nuts and not one nut was left. Thanks for the great recipe. Will make these again and again.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. If your nuts are salted, rinse them well, pat dry and place on a cookie sheet in a single layer in a warm (200F) oven. Turn oven OFF and leave to dry overnight. They must be totally dry before proceeding with the recipe. Otherwise, you'll have rubbery nuts.
  2. Whisk together water, sugar, vanilla and spices in a nonstick dutch oven.
  3. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally. It will form a syrup.
  4. Cook syrup until it spins a thread from end of spoon when spoon is lifted (about 6 - 7 minutes).
  5. Add the nuts. Stir to coat nuts with syrup. The nuts will clump together in a mass.
  6. Stir constantly until syrup evaporates and sugar crystallizes on the nut, about 10 minutes. Do not turn up the heat to try to speed it up - you'll just burn it. Keep stirring, they will begin to dry out and will separate.
  7. Pour out onto a wax paper lined baking sheet. Allow to cool completely. Store in zip top freezer bag.
  8. To clean the pan: Allow the pan to cool, then add cold water and bring to a boil. Cover and let simmer 10 minutes.

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