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Cajun Sugared Peanuts

Rated as 4.5 out of 5 Stars

"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."
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55 m servings 152
Original recipe yields 16 servings (2 cups)


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  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; 9 15.5 4.7 0 124 Full nutrition

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Pretty tasty. I should have put a 'spicy' warning on them though. They definitely caught a few people by surprise.

I made a few alternations (as always) on the recipe by tossing the garlic and salt and putting in some butterscotch flavoring... certainly tasty!!