Perfect Spiced Peanuts Recipe

Spiced Peanuts
Spiced peanuts make a great holiday gift. Katie Workman /
  • 35 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins,
  • Cook: 30 mins
  • Yield: 2 cups (16 servings)

Don’t you have a ton of people you want to give a little something to this holiday season?  And wouldn’t you like that little something to be homemade (AND inexpensive AND easy AND portable AND have a long shelf life AND be pretty?)  People like your kids’ piano teacher, the mailman, the dry cleaner, the nice lady next door, the dog walker, the school nurse who always calls and says first, “Everything is ok, there’s nothing to worry about,” before she tells you your kid ran into a pole at recess.  

All of the above are reasons why you will love these peanuts.  You can easily make several batches over the next few weeks, and they smell fantastic while they are roasting.  Try not to nibble too many as you are packing them up (but if you do, just make another batch!).  Also you are welcome to try other nuts such as cashews, almonds, pecans, or a mix.  As with anything nut-related, especially when there are kids involved, ask about allergies before gifting!

Find some pretty little glass jars to pack them up in, like the ones here or these, and then get some cool labels like these or maybe these gift tags.

Here are a few more homemade holiday gifts you can quickly whip up and give out to family and friends!

Chewy, Crunchy Granola

Sweet and Salty Chocolate Popcorn

Chickpea Poppers

The Best No-Bake Haystack Cookies

Chewy Sugar Cookies

Mini Banana Bread Loaves

Big Fat Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Chocolate Peanut Butter Squares

What You'll Need

  • 2 cups peanuts (salted cocktail peanuts)
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4​ teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper (freshly ground)

How to Make It

  1. Preheat the oven to 225 F.  Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil and 

    spray with nonstick cooking spray.

  2. In a large bowl, combine the garlic powder, paprika, cayenne, oregano, mustard and back pepper and stir to combine well. Dump in the nuts and stir well so the nuts are well covered with the spice mixture. Spread out the nuts in the prepared baking pan.

  3. ​​Bake for about 30 minutes, until they are lightly toasted and fragrant, stirring every 10 minutes or so, and watching to make sure that they don’t burn. Cool in the pan.  Fill up those jars and gift away!