Beer Nuts – Easy Recipe

Beer Nuts recipe, easy candied nuts, caramelized nuts

Beer Nuts

It’s almost officially Summer, and there’s nothing like an icy cold beer on a hot, hot day. Add to your Summer snacking with this really simple recipe for Beer Nuts. Salty, sweet nuts with a hint of vanilla will be a hit, whether you’re having a brew, or not.

Beer Nuts don’t contain beer in the recipe, they just go really well with beer.  There is something about that slightly salty, slightly sweet nutty goodness that is perfect with a cold beer.

These Beer Nuts are just so simple to make! You can use all one nut, or any combination of nuts you like.  I made mine with a combination of peanuts, pecans, almonds and cashews. I happened to find some nuts on sale at my local Target store and snatched them up.

The recipe has just water, sugar, a titch of vanilla and the nuts. The water, sugar and vanilla is combined in a large skillet, over low heat, until the sugar is melted. The nuts are added, the temperature increased to medium, and the nuts cooked for 10 minutes.

Using a slotted spoon, I scooped the nuts out of the syrup mixture and onto a foil-lined baking sheet, sprinkled on some salt and let them cool.

I made these on a day when it was really humid, which caused them to take a looooong time to set. And since summer is generally humid around here, I threw them into a 250°F oven for about 20 minutes to help them along. I don’t think this step would be necessary, absent high humidity.

You really need these in your snacking lineup!


Beer Nuts - Easy Recipe
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Nuts are combined with sugar, water and a titch of vanilla and cooked until the syrup begins to caramelize. The nuts are removed from the syrup, salted and allowed to cool. Then, snacking begins! Great with an icy cold beer on a hot summer day (or anytime)
Recipe type: Snack
Serves: 4 cups
  • 4 cups nuts (I used 1 cup raw almonds, 1 cup roasted peanuts and two cups of roasted mixed almonds, cashews and pecans)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • finely ground salt (popcorn salt works great)
  1. In a large skillet, over low heat, add the water, sugar and vanilla.
  2. Stir until the sugar is completely dissolved.
  3. Increase the heat to medium and add the nuts.
  4. Simmer for 10 minutes, or until the syrup begins to caramelize, stirring occasionally.
  5. Using a slotted spoon, scoop the nuts out of the syrup and onto a foil-lined baking sheet and spread into a single layer (breaking up any clumps of nuts with the spoon). Be sure not to touch the nuts at this point, as they are very hot.
  6. Sprinkle with salt and allow the nuts to cool completely.




About P ~ The Saucy Southerner

I started cooking when I was ten years old. For me, the process of cooking, from inception of a dish, to the execution, to the washing of the pots is sheer delight. I am now retired from a business I still own, in partnership with my husband. I used to work six days a week and still cook every night. Now, I'm gardening, still cooking, always having fun and hoping to share my joy with you. Thank you for reading...and commenting! P~
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2 Responses to Beer Nuts – Easy Recipe

  1. Looks fantastic! Need to try these. Jeremy’s been on a “nut kick” lately 🙂

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