Cinnamon & Sugar Peanuts

2 cups unsalted roasted peanuts
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon light brown sugar
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Preheat the oven to 250. Toss all ingredients together. Make sure the nuts are evenly coated. Arrange in a single layer on one of the baking sheets and bake 40-45 minutes, or until the peanuts look mostly dry, stirring every 10 minutes. Remove from the oven, and pour on to the remaining lined baking sheet to cool thoroughly before eating.

My thoughts:


These quick and simple nuts would make a perfect present to give at the holiday season (I gave some away last year and they we a huge hit) or to serve at a party or on election night. They are ready to eat almost as soon as they come out of the oven and it is always a good idea to have some snacks ready so you don’t have to spend valuable time in the kitchen when you could be watching the results or enjoying your guests. They can also be made ahead of time-they keep well for at least 2 weeks in an air tight container.

I think these are the most crowd pleasing of all of my various flavored nut recipes. My favorite are the balsamic glazed almonds and my neighbors loved the sweet & spicy peanuts I gave them last year but these seem to have the broadest appeal-perfect for giving or serving people whose taste you might not be familiar with. Pretty much everyone likes something sweet and the cinnamon gives them a nice kick without being overly spicy. They are also naturally vegan.


  1. Coffee and Vanilla

    What a good idea, must taste delicious!! Love cinnamon 🙂

  2. This sounds like a great recipe. What a good idea to give as gifts. I like the fact that they involve a less expensive nut. I love sweetening up pecans and things, but they can get expensive when you give them in bulk. Thanks for the great idea!

  3. These sound like a snack that I would definitely love to stuff my face with.

  4. Jen {}

    I LOVE these! Each year in the mall I buy the cinnamon/sugar almonds. I’m assuming this recipe would work for them too?

  5. Jeni- I think almonds would work just fine.

  6. I’m a huge fan of cinnamon and sugar nuts. My favorite version is a cinnamon sugar coated almond. I always end up eating way too many.

  7. Sounds yummy, I can’t wait to try them. And it does sound like a great gift idea. Thanks for sharing!

  8. Piee and JSBanana

    I love cinnamon and peanuts…I can’t wait to try this! =)

  9. These sound great. I would never have thought of putting cinnamon with nuts, but it must add a lovely warmth

  10. Is the temperature 250 F or 250C?
    When I tried 250C the peanuts burned : (
    When I tried 120C (equiv of 250F) and the sugar did not melt into a candy – though the penuts were tasty.
    Advice welcome.

  11. Anon-
    It is 250F. I live in the US. 250C is very hot, too hot for toasting peanuts.

    As for it not turning to "candy" at 250F, the recipe is for cinnamon & sugar coated peanuts not peanut brittle. The cinnamon and sugar should stick to the peanuts but I wouldn't call it candied.

  12. I just made these – YUM!!!! I'll definitely be making them more often!