Cajun Sugared Peanuts


I was headed to a Mardi Gras party and needed to throw something together fast. I had some raw peanuts on hand and decided to try candy coating them with a kick of Cajun seasonings added in. This is the result and they were a hit. 'Addictive' was the word most people used. Would be a great gift to give out during the holidays.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
40 mins
Total Time:
55 mins
2 cups


  • 1 cup white sugar

  • ½ cup water

  • 2 cups raw peanuts

  • 1 ½ teaspoons chipotle chile powder

  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

  • ¼ teaspoon chili powder

  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  2. Stir sugar into water in a saucepan over medium heat; cook and stir until the sugar dissolves completely. Add peanuts, chipotle chile powder, kosher salt, chili powder, and garlic powder into the liquid.

  3. Bring the mixture to a boil and cook, stirring constantly, until the liquid evaporates and the remaining syrup coats the nuts, about 15 minutes; spread immediately onto the prepared baking sheet. Use forks to separate any peanuts stuck together and to get an even layer.

  4. Bake in preheated oven, stirring and then separating the peanuts every 5 minutes, until the peanuts are glazed, about 20 minutes total. Let peanuts cool completely before breaking into small pieces.

Cook's Notes:

I used cooked peanuts for this too and it worked fine. The end result was more peanut brittle-like, but the flavor was the same.

When you eat these, they are sweet at first followed by a kick of heat.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

152 Calories
9g Fat
16g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 16
Calories 152
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g 12%
Saturated Fat 1g 6%
Sodium 124mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 16g 6%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 13g
Protein 5g
Calcium 17mg 1%
Iron 1mg 4%
Potassium 130mg 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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