These crunchy, sweet and bacon-y snacks are tasty any time of year, but the scent of cinnamon and brown sugar during the holidays – your kitchen will sing. Use any type of nut, or better yet a mix of nuts and seeds, to make spicy little numbers.

Bacon-Spiced Holiday Nuts


  • 1 lb nuts (one type, mixed nuts, pumpkin seeds, whatever you fancy)
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 egg white beaten until foamy
  • 1 T water
  • 4 T bacon grease melted


  • Preheat oven to 300F
  • Combine brown sugar, salt, cayenne, and cinnamon in a large bowl. Set aside.
  •  In a medium bowl, combine the foamy egg white and water and toss the nuts in this mixture to coat. 
  • Next, dump the egg-coated nuts into the sugar and spice mixture. Toss to coat thoroughly and as evenly as possible. 
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment and spread the coated nuts evenly across the pan. 
  • Bake at 300F until the nuts are crispy and toasted, about 30-35 minutes. 
  • As soon as they come out of the oven, pour the melted bacon grease over the top, taking care to pour in a thin stream and coat the nuts lightly but evenly on their tops. 
  • Allow nuts to cool completely, then break them apart and allow them to dry completely. Enjoy immediately, pack into gift jars, or save for up to 3 weeks for a fine party snack.

Recipe adapted from Meredith Leigh