Gourmet Candy Cashews: Your Guests will Go Nutty!


Candy coated cashews. Is there a more perfect edible DIY wedding favor?

Whip up a big batch in no time and serve them up in jars, cello bags or paper cones. Just be careful: they are highly addictive! You’ve been warned:)

If you don’t like cashews (is that even possible?) you could use pecans or walnuts.



2 egg whites
1 tablespoon vanilla
1 pound cashews (I buy mine at Costco. Super fresh!)
1 cup white sugar
3/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Preheat oven to 250 degrees.

Mix sugar and cinnamon in a bowl. Dump mixture into a Ziploc bag. Set aside.

Place egg whites and vanilla in a small bowl and whisk until frothy. I used a stick blender.


Pour cashews into egg mixture.


Stir nuts until evenly coated.


Dump cashews into bag containing sugar mixture.


Shake until nuts are coated.


Spoon cashews onto a greased baking sheet. (Make sure you grease it well or the nuts will stick!)


Bake for one hour, stirring every 15 minutes.


Once the nuts have cooled, place them in tins, jars or bags and give out as favors at your wedding! Perfection!


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  1. Posted by ayanna on April 3rd, 2013 at 1:00pm

    Love this idea
  2. Posted by Christina on April 4th, 2013 at 9:09am

    Thanks Ayanna!
  3. Posted by Lindsey on November 24th, 2013 at 10:16pm

    When do you add the salt?
  4. Posted by Tamm Whitham on January 9th, 2014 at 7:44pm

    These are delicious and should not be made on an empty stomach :-)

    Because I am the laziest cook on the planet, I took a couple of shortcuts. 1. I mixed the wet ingredients and added the cashews as stated, but instead of putting the nuts into the bag, I just poured the combined dry ingredients into the nuts and stirred well. Then, I lined the cookie sheet with baking paper and added the nuts. As per instructions, I stirred every 15 minutes and had no problems with sticking on the paper. Cleanup was a snap as I just had to toss out the paper.

    I swear, smelling the nuts cooking was the longest hour in my life.
  5. Posted by Christina on January 9th, 2014 at 11:20pm

    Glad you liked them!! They are dangerously delish!!
  6. Posted by Oumalay on February 3rd, 2014 at 12:09am

    So easy and sooooo delish! I added all the ingredients in a large bowl, tossed the cashews in the bowl and stirred to cover the nuts. I also lined the baking pan with parchment. The whole kitchen smelled like I was at the fair. I couldn't wait to try one so I ate one before it cooled off and burned my tongue! They are sooo good, the burn was worth it!
  7. Posted by Lanni on February 18th, 2014 at 1:25pm

    Looks delicious! Is it 250 Fahrenheit degrees or Celsius?
  8. Posted by Pia on April 14th, 2014 at 12:40am

    These were amazing! Way better than street nuts! Delicious warm too. Made them exactly as the recipe said. Going to try some variations- got some more in the oven now! Thank you!
  9. Posted by Christina on April 14th, 2014 at 11:24am

    Glad you liked them Pia!
  10. Posted by Megan on December 8th, 2014 at 8:11pm

    Just made these today, and YUM! But mine turned darker than yours and are more sticky than yours looks. Any ideas on what happened? Should I have baked them longer? Or does it take some time for them to dry out and become less sticky?
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