I’m such a sucker for the impulse buy items in the checkout line at the supermarket. It’s not the candy and gum, but every register in nyc has little packs of granola or nuts hanging enticingly in front of my eyes.

I try not to shop hungry, but when I need to grab groceries on the way home from work, I sometimes have no choice.

So a few weeks ago, I happened to see an orange-cranberry candied nuts mix. Being that I love that combination and I was famished, I fell into the very trap they had planted and shoved them in my shopping basket.

I opened them the second I got outside and ate half the bag on the way home. They were so good. I was really surprised by how much orange flavor came through and the cranberry added the perfect touch of sour and sweet. Needless to say I had no appetite for dinner that evening.

Ever since that night, I’ve been obsessed with the idea of cranberry and orange. Remember my Cranberry Orange Rice Salad I made a couple weeks ago?

Anyway, I didn’t want to get suckered into the total rip-off that is the checkout line impulse items again, so I promplty made it my mission to recreate these nuts at home.

I did a little searching and found an orange spiced nut recipe which I then added dried cranberries too. This one had the addition of cinnamon, which I was skeptical about, but after tasting the finished product I think it wouldn’t have been as good without it.

With cold weather coming, you should definitely make these. They’re perfect for fall!

But the best part about this recipe? I actually got to make it on a weekend and take the pics in daylight..YAY for natural light photos!

Cranberry Orange Spiced Nuts
Adapted from Taste of Home

Print this recipe!

Makes 20 servings


2 egg whites, lightly beaten
3 tablespoons orange juice
1 cup pecan halves
1 cup walnut halves
3/4 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
2 tablespoons grated orange peel
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/8 teaspoon salt

In a large bowl, combine egg whites and orange juice. Add nuts and cranberries and toss to coat; drain.

In another large bowl, combine the remaining ingredients. Add nuts/cranberries and toss to coat.

Spread in a single layer in a greased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan. Bake at 250° for 30-45 minutes or until dry and lightly browned.

Cool completely. Store in an airtight container. 


  1. So perfect for fall. I love that you were inspired by what you saw in the store. Surely this was way cheaper and tastier.

    • omg, SO much cheaper. Those damn items at the checkout are such a ripoff and yet I still justify buying them somehow! Although I do have to say that sometimes it’s worth spending money for convenience ;)

  2. These look like a great little energy boost for my hours on end sitting in a desk at the library! I was going to say…your pictures are ahhhhmaaazinggg!!!! …and then you mentioned it at the end of your post! So good!

    • You should totally make them! If you cut down the amount, you could make it in your toaster oven, though it won’t make too much :( Unfortunately if you pile them up they won’t dry out well.

      Aw, thanks about the pics! I have to say, nuts aren’t the most interesting subject matter, hehe.

      • poor nuts..I found them totally fascinating this morning!! ;) hey p.s. forgot to say..I love your little “autumn elephant”!! happy monday!

      • Aw, I’m so glad you noticed my autumn elephant! Thanks :) You’re the first to comment and I was beginning to get a little sad that no one noticed :( I think I messed up the colors though…it looks a little bright. I’ll fix that later.

  3. I love be inspire to make something homemade the turns out to be better than anything you could have ever spend money on. :-)

    • I agree! I always try to make things at home that they sell in the store for a lot of money…though it’s usually crafty things and not food.

  4. At least you fell for something moderately healthy. I’m usually reaching for candy or something completely unsatisfying. Of course, we don’t have anything as delicious looking as these nuts in the checkout aisles. I’m starting to think that just about everything is better in NYC. :) I love sweetened nuts and the orange and cranberries in this sounds amazing.

    • Hehe, that’s true. But eating multiple servings was still a hefty amount of calories. I hope you’ll try these. I was surprised by how orangey and delicious they came out :)

  5. Ooooh yum, what a delicious idea! Nice one.

  6. I would have wanted to instantly recreate these nuts as well. They’re gorgeous! I’m sure yours were even better, I always prefer homemade. :)

  7. What a great idea for fall! I love the combination of fruit and nuts. These look wonderful Amy – love the orange zest, cinnamon, clove, …. mmm….

  8. Flavored nuts are my favorite! These just scream Autumn! :-)

  9. mmmm i love these nut clusters! but i think i would have trouble portion controlling them. they look so addicting!

    • Hehe, um, yeah…i may have had that problem ;) I made these for Nate and kept taking some little by little, thinking he was eating them too. And then he went to get some the other day, and was like, “amy, what happened to all the nuts??” Oops :(

  10. I could eat these nonstop!! I’ve made my nuts with the egg whites and it’s my absolute favorite way! I love this combination of flavors, so perfect for fall! I’ll have to make a batch AND immediately pass out some to friends!!

  11. I made these and they are terrific! Thanks for the recipe.

    • So glad you tried them and that they came out well! I agree, they were so good…in fact, they’ve been entirely eaten already and I only made them a week ago!

  12. This looks perfect!!!!
    Is’nt it great to make something more perfect at home than what we see at stores…

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