Pumpkin Spiced Cocktail Nuts ~ Savory Simple

How much can you really say about cocktail nuts? They’re tasty and they have a silly name. Seriously, though, you guys are going to love my nuts!

These pumpkin spiced cocktail nuts are perfect for fall and holiday parties. Put them out at Thanksgiving as a snack while people are getting their drink on! I decided not to go overly sweet or spicy with the recipe but you can adjust the spice quantities to taste. A bit more maple syrup, a bit of cayenne pepper…  customize your nuts! I used Trader Joe’s Fancy Mixed Nuts, which are a combination of cashews, almonds, pecans, brazil nuts and filberts. In my opinion, the pecans and cashews were the most addicting but this will work with any combination of nuts. I also used Penzy’s Pumpkin Pie Spice but you can easily make your own fall spice mixture from ingredients such as cinnamon, fresh nutmeg and allspice. Enjoy!


Pumpkin Spiced Cocktail Nuts
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  • 16 ounces mixed nuts (a little over 3 cups)
  • 1 egg white
  • 1½ teaspoons maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1½ tablespoons pumpkin pie spice
  • optional: 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  1. Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment.
  2. Place the nuts in a large bowl.
  3. In a smaller bowl, whisk the egg white and maple syrup until frothy.
  4. Pour the mixture over the nuts and stir until the nuts are well coated.
  5. Sprinkle the spices over the nuts and toss until evenly combined.
  6. Spread the nuts on the parchment in a single layer.
  7. Bake for 45 minutes, allow to cool before serving.


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  1. In an attempt to eat healthier (for the Australian summer, woo!), I’ve decided to eat nuts as snacks during work. Thing is, nuts do get boring after a while so I’m looking for ways to jazz them up. This is perfect! The only issue is that I wouldn’t know where to get pumpkin spice in Australia haha…

  2. I think I like nuts when they look like your gorgeous recipe – these or nothing ;)

    Choc Chip Uru

  3. Very neat idea:)

  4. I love these. My paternal grandparents always had bowls of cocktail nuts in the living room, so these brought back some memories. If only they could have tried them this way!

  5. I absolutely adore spiced nuts and make the for Christmas gifts each year. This twist looks so good and perfect for an autumn snack with a glass of apple cider!

  6. You had me at “pumpkin spiced.” So glad that fall is nearly here! Great recipe – I’ll be using it a lot :)

  7. Love the idea of using pumpkin pie spice! Yum!!

  8. I wish I could say fall is around the corner for us too. In the meantime, I will keep dreaming and make this delicious nuts…very addictive;)

  9. I love spiced nuts as the weather gets cooler and around the holidays! I’ve never tried pumpkin spiced though but you know how much I love pumpkin! So happy you made these.. my mom would love this recipe!

  10. I usually buy it, because I like it as a snack. I like the idea and will try it for sure :)

  11. I love spiced nuts! These are a great fall party appetizer!

  12. This sounds super tasty! What a great twist for something I’ve always thought was kind of boring – perfect for company!

  13. I think if I make these, I am going to weigh 54735 pounds. I’m ADDICTED to stuff like this! Nuts, chips & dip… if you put it out at a party, I’m eating it the whole time, haha. And pumpkin spiced nuts?? Does it get any cooler than that!?

  14. I have eaten my fair share of cocktail nuts over the years, but I bet these taste a whole lot better than the ones I’ve had :)

  15. Yum! What a great idea! Perfect for Fall.

  16. Great flavor combination! Must try!

  17. I do a lot of entertaining and these sound delightful to me. I would add the cayenne, I think, as the “bite” would be perfect. I’m really quite excited about this recipe. Ha!

  18. I adore homemade spiced nuts. These flavors are beyond perfect!!

  19. I would love to snack on these!!

  20. I’m totally in to your nuts.

  21. You really have no idea how badly I wish I had some nuts laying around so I could make these.These sound like the ultimate snack!

  22. I keep thinking I’m not really ready for summer to end then I see food like this and I think “bring on the fall”. GREG

  23. Nuts AND pumpkin spice? Brilliant. You can’t get much more fall than that!

  24. It’s that time of year for spiced nuts. These look great!

  25. All you had to say was pumpkin and I was hooked! YUM!

  26. I’m so excited to see pumpkin recipes. It means fall really is getting here. But these?! Brilliant. I cannot WAIT to try them out.

  27. Oh I love the pumpkin spices here, these look incredible – I think I’d inhale the jar!

  28. Lisa Consiglio Ryan says:

    I can smell these all the way here in Maryland!!! I just printed out your recipe and can’t wait to make these. Fall is my FAVORITE time of year and I love to host parties…these will be a hit!

  29. Claire @ Claire K Creations says:

    I love spiced nuts! I always do some sort of variation for Christmas presents and they’re always well-received. I’ve never made pumpkin pie spiced nuts though. I might have to change that.

  30. HA, great intro :) I do like your nuts, very much! Perfect for fall snacking :)

  31. I love making spiced nuts for gifts…and these have such a unique twist with the maple syrup and pumpkin pie spice! They sound amazing!!!

  32. I’ve never made cocktail nuts but I am SO excited for anything pumpkin flavored.

  33. Very creative use of pumpkin pie spice, I would definitely serve these spiced nuts for the holidays;-)

  34. Cocktail nuts are so retro, I love it! I feel like I should be in a piano lounge with a drink! But, do I smell Fall in the air? Pumpkin spice is out in full force!

  35. My hubby would love this recipe! Thanks for the idea!

  36. YUM! What a great snack for entertaining! this is going to have to be one of my go too recipes!

  37. YES! I love roasting mixed nuts and adding flavors both sweet and savory and I have never tried a pumpkin spice version. This sounds so warm, inviting and gets me all excited about fall recipes! Great thinking!

  38. Hi! Ohhhh those nuts look great. The leftovers would be great on a coffee cake too. My brother got me hooked on the Penzy spices. I’ll have to try their pumpkin spice blend.

  39. Ashley - baker by nature says:

    I love the simplicity of this recipe! These will definitely be on the table for my halloween party next month!

  40. Love love love these! I always need something to snack on for work and these are absolutely perfect!

  41. How interesting to see egg white to make these nuts. I learned something new today. :) And oh, I must look for the pumpkin pie spice! I didn’t even know there is such thing, and I think I’ll love that spice. These nuts look delicious and hard to stop eating, for sure.. :)

  42. fun recipe love your site, pin nearly all of them I am a fan

  43. Oh I am so happy for the return of pumpkin and fall spices! And I always buy my nuts from Trader Joe’s …they have the best selection! These look absolutely addictive! : )

  44. They would be wonderful with a pinch of cayenne!

  45. I love these spiced nuts always..!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  46. These sound sooo good and simple! We’ll be trying these this fall.


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