Slow Cooker Maple Spiced Nuts. Sweet with maple and tad bit spicy with cayenne. The vanilla brings the flavors together. They’ve become a quick favorite and a popular gift for friends.
Perfect for holiday parties, salad toppings, and snacks. And… the best news during this wonderful but sometimes hectic season… they practically make themselves. A few simple ingredients, a bit of time in the slow cooker… and they’re done.
If time is short and you’re looking for a quick and easy gift, these Slow Cooker Maple Spiced Nuts are the ticket.
Nuts to Use in This Recipe
I generally use a container of unsalted mixed nuts I always have on hand from Costco, but any nut works. Pecans and walnuts are particular favorites.
Ideas on Gifting Nuts
Mason jars, cellophane bags tied with a rustic ribbon, cookie bags and even decorated lunch bags are easy ideas to gift these maple spiced nuts.
Here are some ideas from Amazon (affiliate links).
Slow Cooker Maple Spiced Nuts. They’ve become a quick favorite in my house. And a popular gift for friends.
- 1/4 cup butter, melted
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 4 cups mixed nuts (or nut of choice)
In the bottom of a slow cooker, whisk together melted butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, cayenne pepper, allspice, salt, maple syrup, and vanilla. Add the mixed nuts or nut of choice and toss. Cover and cook on LOW 2-3 hours or HIGH for 1 hour. Stir every 20 minutes or so to ensure all of the nuts are coated.
Remove the nuts from the slow cooker and spread on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Allow to cool and dry completely before packaging or storing.