Candied Cashews Super fast and super easy recipe. (2024)

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Last updated on March 14th, 2023.

These Candied Cashews are sweet, crispy, and full of cinnamon-confirming flavor. This is one of my favorite snacks, but it is also a great holiday season recipe you can add to your repertoire. This cinnamon sugar candied cashews is a great homemade gift and a great way to show someone that you care.

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I turned them into candy as if Cashews are so easy to resist. We all know and loveCaramelized Pecans and Chocolate Covered Pecans,but we are unfamiliar with a Candied cashews recipe. Check out this HoneyRoasted Cashews and this chocolate-covered cashewfor more candied nuts recipe.

BTW, if you prefer your nuts plain, check out my post about How To Roast Cashews?

So What are candied cashews?

In short, these are cinnamon roasted cashews. And if we want to get into details, they are cashews coated with egg white, sugar, and spices, then baked until crunchy.

You are probably right if you find using an egg-white a bit unusual for candy. But the egg white has a crucial part in this recipe. Not only is it the “glue” that holds the sugar, spice, and nuts together but also, because we whisk it into a soft meringue, it will firm up as it bakes and give a crispy and crunchy exterior layer.

I love that you can eat the nuts by themselves, sprinkle them on ice cream, on top of salads, and also add them to a cake layer for an extra texture. Even though this recipe calls for cashews, you can use any of your favorite nuts.

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Even though this recipe calls for cashews, you can use any of your favorite nuts.

Ingredients Used in This Candied Cashews Recipe

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  • Cashew nuts (raw nuts)
  • Light brown sugar
  • Sugar
  • Cinnamon.
  • Egg whites
  • Water

How To Make Candied Cashews

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You can find the full cashew recipe at the bottom of this post in the recipe cars.

Mix the sugar, brown sugar, and cinnamon in a medium bowl. Set aside.

Preheat your oven to 300F. Line one large baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk the egg whites until fluffy and foamy, about 1 minute on medium-high speed.

Add the water and keep whisking for additional minutes at high speed.

Combine cashews and egg whites, stir to thoroughly coat, add the sugar mixture, and use a rubber spatula to cover the nuts.

In a single layer, Spread the coated cashews on top of a cookie pan lined with parchment paper and bake in a preheated oven for 20-25 minutes or until the nuts are dark golden.

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  • Spice it up. You can add any of your favorite spices like cayenne pepper, clove, cardamom, or even pumpkin spice. (about 1/8-1/4 teaspoon of each mixed in a small bowl).
  • Mix 1-2 tsp of soy sauce with the egg whites.
  • Sweet and Salty. Sprinkle sea or kosher salt when you remove the caramelized cashews from the oven.

How can I make these sugar-coated cashews vegan?

Omit the egg whites with aquafaba (canned chickpeas water), and process with the recipe as is. The egg whites bind and hold the sugar and nuts together, so water will not work so well. Or, use your go-to egg replacement.

Ideas How To Serve

I like to eat this treat as a snack out of the bag, but these nuts are a great way to upgrade any type of dish:

  • Sprinkle on ice cream or salad.
  • Chop them and fold them into your cookie dough, as I did with these Coffee Pecans Cookies.
  • Top your pavlova for extra texture.
  • Grind them into a paste, like in this Pistachio Muffins recipe.
  • Wrap them in a small plastic cookie bag or a mason jar as an edible gift.


At room temperature in an airtight container (preferably glass) for up to 1 month.


Allow the cashews to thoroughly cool, place them in an airtight container or a freezer bag and freeze for up to 2 months.


Why are my cashews sticky?

You did not bake them long enough. Bake for a bit longer.

Do I need to use roasted or raw cashews?

Raw. They will roast during the baking process.

Can I use other types of nuts?

Yes, you can use this recipe to make candied pecans, almonds, and even candied walnuts.


Also, one more thing…

Don’t forget to tag@OneSarcasticBakeron Instagram if you bake this recipe. I would love to see your creations!

Be sure to check out my other easy recipes and “How to’s”

  • How To Toast Pecans
  • How To Roast Hazelnuts


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Candied Cashews

Sweet and delicious candied cashews recipe ready in less than one hour.

CourseDessert, Snack


Keywordcandied cashews, candied nuts, cashews

Prep Time 10 minutes

Cook Time 25 minutes

Servings 4 Cups

Calories 450 kcal

Author Dikla


  • 4CupsWhole Cashews (raw or roasted)( 480 g / 13 oz)
  • 2Medium – largeEgg Whites
  • 2tspWater
  • 3/4CupSugar(150 g / 5.5 oz)
  • 6TBSPLight Brown Sugar(90 g / 8.5 oz)
  • 3tspCinnamon
  • 1/4tspNutmeg (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 300F.

  2. Mix the cinnamon and sugars in a bowl and set aside.

  3. With a hand whisker, beat the egg whites until frothy, about 1 minute. Add the water and whisk for about an extra minute.

  4. Add the nuts to the egg whites and toss to evenly coat the nuts.

  5. Add the sugar mixture into the nuts and toss to evenly coat.

  6. Spread the nuts on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and baker for 25-30 minutes. Use a wooden spoon to mix the nuts halfway through baking.

  7. Remove from oven and allow to cool.

Nutrition Facts

Candied Cashews

Amount Per Serving

Calories 450

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Do you have to soak raw cashews before roasting? ›

You do not need to, but soaking them before roasting them could result in a crunchier texture. And if you are seasoning the cashews, soaking them first will help the nuts absorb the flavors. If you choose to soak them, fully submerge them in room temperature water for about 3 hours.

How to make cashews crunchy? ›

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or foil for easy cleanup. ...
  2. Roast until the cashews are fragrant and golden brown, about 7-10 minutes. But don't walk away! ...
  3. Remove from oven and chop or use as desired. Or, store in an airtight container for up to 1 week.
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How long does it take to roast cashews? ›

Roasted Cashews in the Oven
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F and line a baking sheet with aluminum foil or parchment paper. ...
  2. Spread the nuts in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet and bake for 8 to 12 minutes, shaking the pan every 5 minutes to help the nuts cook evenly.
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What happens if you don't have time to soak cashews? ›

Boiling Cashews

I'm starting with the boiling method because it's the quickest and easiest way to soak cashews. It only takes about 15 minutes for them to soften in boiling water. Add the cashews to a pot and fill it with enough water to fully submerge them. Bring the water to a boil.

Can I eat raw cashews? ›

People can eat roasted or unroasted cashews straight from the bag or container as a snack. They can also season them with: salt and pepper.

Can you eat raw cashews raw? ›

Truly raw cashews are not safe to eat. The "raw" cashews in stores are actually slightly steamed. Roasting the nuts should neutralize the urushiol remaining in them (I'm assuming they're not still in their outer shells).

What are the four method of roasting of cashew? ›

Roasting cashews brings out a buttery, sweet flavor and enhances the aroma and crunch making them perfect in these Chocolate Covered Cashews. Luckily, it's easy to roast cashews in an oven, on the stovetop, microwave and even in an air fryer!

How do you speed up softening cashews? ›

All you need to do is place your cashews into a pot, cover with water, and bring to a boil. Once the water is boiling, squirt some lemon juice in there (totally optional), remove from heat, and cover. Let that sit for about 15 minutes. Why lemon juice?

Can dogs eat cashews? ›

Your dog can eat cashews as long as they're not mixed with other nuts, preferably if they're not salted or seasoned in any way. These nuts might not be the best snack, but one now and again won't hurt them.

Are cashews good for you? ›

Yes, absolutely. Cashews contribute to a great level of protein and are a good source of minerals such as iron and zinc, which makes them an excellent addition to your vegetarian or vegan diet. Cashews are also rich in magnesium, a mineral which is thought to improve recall and delay, age-related memory loss.

What are the benefits of eating cashew nuts? ›

Cashews are rich in fiber, protein, and healthy fats. They also contain a variety of vitamins, minerals, and health-protective beneficial plant compounds. Similarly to nuts, cashews may promote weight loss, blood sugar control, and heart health. However, there's less research on cashews than on other nuts.

Can you pan fry cashews? ›

1. Heat a medium skillet over medium-high heat. 2. Add Cashews and cook, tossing occasionally, until the cashews begin to brown and smell toasty – about 4 minutes.

Do I need to soak raw nuts before roasting? ›

Soaking your nuts beforehand will lead to better absorption of the spices and result in a crunchier, easier to chew texture. You may be tempted to turn the heat up, but don't! If you roast them at too high a temperature you'll have a dark outside and a raw inside, leading to an inconsistent flavor.

Why do raw cashews need to be soaked? ›

Like grains and beans, nuts contain enzyme inhibitors that can restrict our ability to digest the nutrients they contain. Soaking nuts and seeds in water, then drying in a low oven or dehydrator, neutralizes the enzyme inhibitors and makes their nutrients more readily available.

How do you skip soaking cashews? ›

I never think to soak cashews hours in advance - and I don't need to. Just blend them with water on high speed for several minutes. Even with a cheap blender like mine, it works great. And if I want the cashew cream thicker, I simmer it on the stove.


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