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Espresso Pumpkin Spiced Walnuts and a Prize Package

Espresso Pumpkin Spiced Walnuts

Espresso, pumpkin pie spice, a touch of cayenne, a bit of sugar and a few other ingredients, and you can have these spiced walnuts ready to go, too.

Hmm? Why yes, I did say espresso and pumpkin pie spice.

Elle, you’re obsessed.

What? Who said that? Shut up. So what? They go so well together! And in so many things! Like lattes! And milkshakes! Ok, maybe I am slightly obsessed. A little.

By the way, easy holiday gift alert here! If you’re the type of person that likes to give homemade gifts, these are an addictive option. Need some nibblers to put out around the house during the holidays? Consider these--but make a lot, they’re going to go quickly! Nice hostess gift, too.

It just so happens that the other day on Twitter, I saw a conversation between my friend Barb, of Creative Culinary, and Jennifer, who represents California Walnuts. (You can follow Jennifer at @CAWalnuts and Barb at @CreativCulinary.) They were talking about toasting walnuts, and as it happened, I was heading into the kitchen to do that exact thing. A delicious coincidence, for sure! We quickly decided to each do our recipes, and then link up to them today. Jennifer and California Walnuts have been very gracious and offered a fantastic prize package to our readers! What will two lucky readers (one on my blog and one on Barb’s) receive?

Giveaway Closed, but the walnuts are still fantastic, so check out the recipe! The lucky random winner was April. Thanks, everyone!


  • Walnuts Apron
  • Spatula
  • Cutting Board
  • 4 lb. bag of California Walnuts

You’ll get a great head start on holiday baking with this package! That’s a lot of nuts, too, so if you’ve got a hot kitchen, store extra in the freezer to keep them nice and fresh.

Espresso Pumpkin Spiced Walnuts

Espresso Pumpkin Spiced Walnuts

adapted from

I used chopped walnuts here, because most of the spiced nuts were actually used in another recipe that I’ll be posting soon. If you’re making these for a gift or for a nibbly snack, go ahead and use whole walnuts or walnut halves.

1 TB espresso powder
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
pinch of cayenne powder
pinch of salt
1/4 cup water
2 1/2 cups California walnuts, toasted in the oven for about 15 minutes at 300 degrees

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Combine the espresso powder, sugar, pumpkin pie spice, cayenne, salt and water in a large sauté pan over medium heat. Stir occasionally until the sugar is dissolved.

Stir in the walnuts and crank up the heat to medium high. When the liquid (and there won't be much, so don't think you've made a mistake) starts to bubble and boil, stir constantly for three minutes, coating all of the nuts.

After the three minutes, turn the nuts on to the lined baking sheet and separate them with a fork. Allow to cool completely, and store in an airtight container.

Espresso Pumpkin Spiced Walnuts


Barb has a new series on her blog, called Happy Hour Friday. It’s all about drinks and appetizers, so go on over and check it out! Her walnut post today is for Cocoa, Cayenne and Espresso Roasted Walnuts

It’s easy to enter; just link up your favorite drink or appetizer recipe using our link tool and you’ll be entered. Happy Hour Friday entries are open until Sunday at midnight and Barb and I will EACH pick a winner from the entries on our respective sites. Only one entry please and we look forward to seeing your contributions. (US shipping only.)

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Reader Comments (16)

What a wonderful collaboration between you & Barbie! & espresso pumpkin spiced?! Insane! You got an eye for a great recipe!

September 30, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterfoodwanderings

Love the espresso pumpkin spiced walnuts!!! Need to try making some spiced nuts!

September 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJudy

Love these walnuts, they look absolutely delicious, and like they would make an excellent gift!

September 30, 2011 | Unregistered Commentersara

Hmm I'm not much of a coffee person, does the espresso flavor come out strong? Because I think these look wonderful!

September 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterErin

I CANNOT WAIT TO MAKE THESE!! Yes, I'm so excited it required yelling at you! One of my favorite treats to make and give during the holidays are spiced nuts so I'm extremely excited about these AND I don't even have to turn the oven on!

September 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterApril was in CT now CA

oh yum!!!! I love the addition of espresso as i love coffee!! will have to try these out soon! Thanks for sharing!

September 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSylvia@peachesanddonuts

Love walnuts! Any nuts for that matter. Load up on Vit. E for healthier skin and hair...

September 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnna

Came over via TasteSpotting - these walnuts sound amazing! I've been all about the espresso-pumpkin spice combination lately, and recently posted a recipe for both pumpkin spice latte streusel muffins and pancakes. I can't wait to make these!

Let's hope we get some nice crisp fall weather here in New England soon (I live outside of Boston) ;).

What a great idea. Love the combination of flavors!! Such a yummy snack!

October 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBeth Michelle

These sounds great! I really like the idea of the Vaniia and Pear w/ Vodka... so refreshing!

October 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKim @ Foodin New England

Ooo, with this house? Walnuts + coffee = true love. Definitely something I need to make.

October 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnnie

I might have to make a batch of these this morning. I need to remember to link up this Friday, love the Happy Hour Friday idea!

October 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJulia

Those would make a fantastic holiday gift. I can see putting them in a nice jar as a hostess gift.

October 3, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterkat

I made these nuts yesterday morning, and don't know whether to love you or hate you (not really) for posting the recipe ;). They are hands-down the best spiced candied nuts I've ever made, but I simply CANNOT keep my hands off of them! Dangerous, I tell you... dangerous.

This is on my to do list! These look sooo good, I am book marking your recipe!!

I pulled your website up to get the recipe for Almond Chocolate Bark. As soon as it appeared, it jumped to another part of your website and I am not able to get the recipe! It looked great (what I could see of it) and I would like to know how to pull it up to stay.

November 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGrammaB

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