40 Days of Joy

Spiced Christmas Cashews

"Spiced Christmas Cashews"

These well –seasoned cashews are sweet, salty, and crunchy…and oh-so snackable!  Everybody raves about them.  I often make 10 -12 batches for gifts during the holiday season…maybe even more!

(Paula Marchesi, PA)

Spiced Christmas Cashews

From “Home for Christmas 2011” by Gooseberry Patch


1 egg white

1 T. water

2 9 ¾ oz. cans salted cashews

1/3 C sugar

1 T. chilli powder

2 t. salt

2 t. ground cumin

½ t. cayenne pepper


Whisk together egg white and water in a large bowl.  Add cashews; toss to coat.  Transfer to a colander; drain for 2 minutes.  In a separate bowl, combine sugar and spices; add cashews and toss to coat.  Arrange in a single layer on a greased 15” x 10” jelly-roll pan.  Bake, uncovered, at 250 degrees for 1 ¼ hours, stirring once.  Cool on a wire rack.  Store in an airtight container.  Makes about 3 ½ cups.

Michele’s Notes:

These are delicious, spicy with a hint of sweet.   I was surprised the sugar flavor came through.  My recommendation is to make some and keep them on hand to chase away colds and flu.