Christmas Nut Appetizer Recipes

Browse recipes for Christmas nut appetizers, including roasted chestnuts, spicy party nuts, sugared pecans, and candied walnuts.

Staff Picks

Roasted Chestnuts

Rating: 4 stars 43
These can be served as a dessert with eggnog or vanilla ice cream or just served salted as a snack.
By Allrecipes Member

Sugar Coated Pecans

Rating: 5 stars 2286
These sweet pecans are wonderful snacks for any occasion.
By Allrecipes Member

Sweet and Spicy Almonds

Rating: 4.5 stars 126
An addictive snack that's great for parties or just having around the house--you'll be amazed how quickly they disappear!

Dawn's Candied Walnuts

Rating: 5 stars 655
These walnuts are a special treat for Christmas, and are well worth the time it takes to make them.
By Allrecipes Member

Sweet, Salty, Spicy Party Nuts

Rating: 5 stars 411
Mixed nuts coated in a spicy sugar syrup, then oven-roasted until crunchy.

Festive Nut Bowl

Rating: 5 stars 9
Festive Nut Bowl is so easy to make. Dried cranberries add color and a burst of tartness to the mixed nuts. It's always a big hit during cocktail hour.
By Diane K

Peppered Pecans

Rating: 4 stars 22
I like this roasted nut recipe because it doesn't use any added oil or butter - my husband likes this because it's nice and spicy! These have become a Thanksgiving tradition at our house, and make a tasty (albeit unusual) addition to salads, especially with the Maple Balsamic Vinaigrette from this site.

Candied Almonds

Rating: 4.5 stars 438
This recipe requires only sugar, cinnamon, and water to make a sweet coating for almonds.

Microwave Spiced Nuts

Rating: 4.5 stars 111
This is a great candied nut recipe I stole from my mom. She likes walnuts, I like pecans. It's dead easy and my wife says she needs to leave the house when I make them, so she won't eat them all! Try experimenting with the spices, maybe clove or allspice!

Candied Pecans

Rating: 5 stars 791
Pecans are baked in a sweet cinnamon coating, creating tasty candied pecans perfect for holiday gifts.

How to Roast and Peel Chestnuts At Home

Here's how to roast chestnuts in the oven or on an open fire.
By Corey Williams

Orange Creamsicle Candied Pecans

Rating: 5 stars 4
These are a year-round favorite in our house. We've made several variations and still come back to this one as our all-time favorite. Hand-shelled pecans from Grandma's tree, with a vanilla-orange sugar coating that gets its depth from cinnamon, pepper, rosemary, and a bit of Kahlua® and Grand Marnier®.

Inspiration and Ideas

11 Fancy Spiced Nut Recipes That Bring the Heat
Dress up nuts with spicy flavors from chipotle chiles, cayenne pepper, and even Tajín.
Air Fryer Sugared Pecans
Rating: Unrated 10
Cooked in an air fryer, this is an easy, small-batch recipe for candied pecans. Great for when you're having a craving for these and don't want to make a whole batch or heat up the kitchen by turning on the oven.
Old-Fashioned Roasted Pecans
Rating: 5 stars 135

My ex-mother-in-law lives in the South and has lots of pecan trees. She sends me bags of shelled pecans every year for Christmas. I found out how they make the roasted pecans at the fair. Even though they use big roasters, these turn out just as great.