Saturday, December 18, 2010

French Fridays with Dorie Sweet and Spicy Cocktail Nuts

Last night I hosted a small Christmas party at my house so, getting a post done for FFWD was just not going to happen. I had so many things that had to be done…putting greenery on my chandeliers, I wanted the house to look festive…baking my pork roast….setting the table…not to mention cleaning, cleaning and did I mention cleaning!  I had baked a chocolate-mint cheesecake the night before so, I just had to get some cookies finished. I thought I would not get time to make these nuts but, at about 3 pm I realized I had a little down time. I took out the nuts and the recipe and had them done and in the oven in about 15 minutes. These little treats were so easy to make and such a hit with everyone at my party.  At the end of the night all that was left were a few crumbs. I will definitely make a couple more batches before Christmas! I will experiment with the flavors when I do the next batch. Last night I made them according to Dories recipe but, I did cut the chili powder by 1/2 teaspoon. I would love to try the cardamon next.  All I can say is another winner! Thanks Dorie!
spice mix

I used pecans and almonds…ready to bake!

They look so good!

Everyone loved them….
This recipe can be found in Dorie Greenspans new book 'Around My French Table'. Love this book! 


  1. I loved this recipe, too! I bought more nuts to make for this coming Friday. I love how to the sugar and spice mixture looks!

  2. Your photos are great, Kathy! I have not made these yet, but I am sure I will love them. It sounds like they were perfect for your party which I bet was wonderful.

  3. So many reve reviews on these. I have to try them. They look mighty tasty!!

  4. Your nuts came out great! I used the curry in my second batch, quite yummy!!

  5. Glad they worked out well for you. I have made them a couple of times with Chinese Five Spice and they seem to go over well in the house. And yeah for you finding any downtime this time of the year. That is a feat.

  6. Love spicy nuts so I am definitely bookmarking this one! Happy Holidays to you and your family!