Sweet and Spicy Holiday Mix

Sweet and Spicy Holiday Mix

This blend of sweet with spicy will make you want to make a double batch of this twist on an American Classic.  Mix and match the nuts per your preference.  


  • 6 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 4 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme, divided or 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 1 cup Cashews or Pecans
  • 1 cup almonds
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 6 cups tiny unsalted pretzels (or fish-shaped pretzels) (I have used cheddar fish crackers as well)
  • 2 cup crispy rice cereal squares (such as Rice Chex, bran, wheat or corn)
  • 4 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 cup dried cherries or cranberries


  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • Combine brown sugar, thyme, salt, cinnamon, and red pepper in a small bowl.
  • Combine cashews and almonds on a jelly-roll pan.
  • Bake at 350° for 10 minutes or until the nuts begin to brown. Combine the pecan mixture and butter in a medium bowl, stirring until butter melts.
  • Gently stir in pretzels, cereal, and syrup. Sprinkle the sugar mixture evenly over pretzel mixture; toss gently to coat.
  • Spread pretzel mixture in a single layer on a jelly-roll pan. Bake at 350° for 10 minutes, stirring once.
  • Sprinkle with the remaining 1 teaspoon thyme and toss in the dried cherries.

Cool completely.