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Vanilla Spiced Nuts (aka Noix de Dieu)

This is one of my favorite recipes to make at the holidays. So simple, light, and delicious. No butter involved, just one egg white, sugar, and spices. I like to toss them with dried cranberries at the end, but you could omit (or substitute for dried cherries) if you prefer to change it up. The secret ingredient is the ground cardamom which give these an exotic "can't quite put your finger on why they're so good" flavor. They were affectionately nicknamed "God's Nuts" at our Thanksgiving dinner a few years back by my good friend Nick Frasca.


1 tsp vanilla extract 1 large egg white 3 cups pecan halves 1/4 cup sugar 1 1/2 tsp kosher salt 1 tsp cinnamon 3/4 tsp ground allspice 1/4 tsp ground cardamom 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 325 and line a baking sheet w parchment paper

  2. Combine sugar and spices in a small bowl

  3. Combine vanilla and egg white in a large bowl, stirring with a whisk until foamy

  4. Add nuts to egg mixture, toss to coat

  5. Sprinkle sugar mixture over nuts & toss until evenly coated

  6. Place nuts on baking sheet lined w parchment paper

  7. Bake at 325 for 15 mins

  8. Remove pan from oven & turn off oven

  9. Toss nuts, breaking up large chunks

  10. Return to oven for 10 mins, then cool to room temp Optional: Add dried fruit and toss before serving

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