Cinnamon Roasted Nuts

"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."
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12 1/4 cup servings




  • 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.
  • Whisk together water, sugar, vanilla and spices in a nonstick dutch oven.
  • Cook over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally. It will form a syrup.
  • Cook syrup until it spins a thread from end of spoon when spoon is lifted (about 6 - 7 minutes).
  • Add the nuts. Stir to coat nuts with syrup. The nuts will clump together in a mass.
  • 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.
  • Pour out onto a wax paper lined baking sheet. Allow to cool completely. Store in zip top freezer bag.
  • 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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  1. 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.


My husband, Walt and I live in Huntley, Illinois; about 1 hour west/northwest of Chicago O'Hare airport. I'm a stay at home wife with 3 adult children. I collect old cookbooks, enjoy reading, gardening, canning, candy making and jewelry making. I'm passionate about my savior, singing on the worship team and volunteering for a non-profit that provides free legal services to poor families. My favorite cookbooks are Taste of Home Contest Winning and those authored by Rachael Ray. A pet peeve is when a cook doesn't give an alternative for a difficult to find ingredient.
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