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Light bites • Savoury

Sandra’s Holiday Party Mix

Sandra Braun, Habanero Consulting Inc.
Sandra Braun

Writer and Content Consultant

I love how everything’s a little less structured during the holidays. We get to drop our routines and make time for relaxing or visiting with people we don’t often get to see during the usual flow of life. This recipe from David Lebovitz’s 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘚𝘸𝘦𝘦𝘵 𝘓𝘪𝘧𝘦 𝘪𝘯 𝘗𝘢𝘳𝘪𝘴 comes together really quickly, so you can easily make a batch to give as a small gift or put out if you’re having people over...or just to snack on for yourself! It’s salty, sweet, spicy and sooooo addictive.

Holiday Party Mix


  • 2 cups mixed raw nuts (your favourite combo of cashews, almonds, pecan halves and/or hazelnuts)
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
  • 3 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¾ teaspoon cayenne
  • 1 ½ tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon flaky sea salt
  • 2 cups small pretzels


Step 1

Spread the nuts on a baking sheet and roast in a 350°F (180°C) oven for 10 minutes, stirring once for even toasting.

Step 2

In a medium bowl, mix together the melted butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, cayenne and maple syrup.

Step 3

Add the warm nuts and stir until coated.

Step 4

Mix in the salt and pretzels and stir until coated.

Step 5

Spread the mixture back on the baking sheet and return to the oven for 12 to 18 minutes, stirring twice during cooking. Remove from oven and cool completely, separating the nuts and pretzels as they cool.

Step 6

Store (cooled) in an airtight container for up to a week.

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