Dollar Tree Hostess Gift: Spiced Nuts


I thought it would be fun to participate in Debbiedoo’s Dollar Tree Christmas party this Friday, and so I came up with a sweet little hostess gift that utilizes items from Dollar Tree.



Several of the gift wrap supplies came from Dollar Tree:


  • green-stemmed martini glass
  • red and white ribbon
  • clip-on bird decoration


This is such a simple little project.  The first step is to make a batch of Spiced Nuts–recipe is below.  You will probably want to make a double batch, because if you start nibbling on them you won’t have many left to give away–addictively tasty :)


Once the Spiced Nuts are done and cooled, you can wrap it all up.  I used waxed paper to create a sandwich wrap around the nuts, shaping it to fit the bowl of the martini glass, and I used a little piece of tape to hold it together underneath.  A piece of red and white ribbon goes around the center of the nut bundle, taped on the back.  Then I just used some regular ol’ white string to wrap a couple of times around the ribbon, knotting it on the top.  I like how the rougher texture of the string contrasts with the silky glitter of the ribbon.  Clip the cute bird decoration (it came with a little clip already attached) to the back of the glass, and you are done!


I love little bird ornaments, and this little guy was so cute that when I saw him at Dollar Tree I knew he was coming home with me!



The nice thing about this hostess gift is that, once you give it to your hostess, if she so chooses, she can open the nuts, pour them in the glass, and serve right away.  It never hurts to come bearing an easy appetizer that goes perfectly with drinks when you are a guest at a holiday party!



The recipe is inspired from an old magazine clipping I’ve had for years that I believe came from Martha Stewart Living, but I cannot find it at their website so I can’t confirm that definitely.  I have modified it to make it more to my liking, and this is my modified version below.  It is super quick and easy to make.



Spiced Nuts

Makes:  2 cups

Prep, cook and cooling time:  approximately 40 minutes


3 Tablespoons peanut oil (I have also used canola oil successfully)

2 cups whole almonds, blanched (I often substitute almonds with skins on, or do a mix of almonds, walnuts and pecans–all are great)

1/2 cup plus 1 Tablespoon sugar (I find this to be too sweet, so I cut it down to 1/4 cup sugar and 1 Tablespoon, but go with the larger amount if you prefer it sweeter)

1 Tablespoon ground cumin

2 teaspoons crushed red pepper

Kosher salt to taste

1.  In a large, heavy-bottomed saute pan, warm the oil over medium-high heat.  Add the almonds, and stir with a wooden spoon, coating each thoroughly with oil.  Sprinkle with 1/4 cup sugar, and continue to stir until the almonds become golden brown and the sugar caramelizes, about 4 minutes.

2.  Remove the pan from heat, and pour almonds into a medium mixing bowl.  Sprinkle with remaining 1 Tablespoon sugar, salt, cumin, and red-pepper flakes over the nuts, and toss well.

3.  Pour the spiced nuts out in a single layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, and separate with a wooden spoon.  Allow nuts to cool for about 30 minutes.

Spiced nuts can be stored up to two weeks in an airtight container.




What do you like to bring for a little hostess gift when you go to a dinner party?   I’d love to hear from you in the comments, so stop by for a visit!


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About AthenaMG

Athena McElrath is a Master Gardener with a love for gardening, decorating and cooking inexpensively. She enjoys working out in her urban garden in Southwest Washington State, watching the hummingbirds and other birds and insects, eating the wonderful vegetables, fruits and herbs that she produces from her garden, and just having a great time hanging out under the pergola with her family and friends (that is, whenever it stops raining long enough).
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23 Responses to Dollar Tree Hostess Gift: Spiced Nuts

  1. Barb says:

    Great idea for a hostess gift!

  2. FABBY says:

    Oh I want this gift! Well, I guess I’ll just haveta invite you to a party, though! What a great, pretty and yummy idea! I think I’ll try it for my friend Steph who will invite us to her anual C’mas party. Thank you for popping by and leaving us such warm and generous comment. Have a terrific Thanksgiving for you and yours.

  3. my parents brought me plenty of almonds from their trees…I should totally make something with it

  4. Thistle says:

    This sounds so yummy! I just bought 2 lbs. of pecans….so this will be perfect!

    Have a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving!

  5. Alycia Nichols says:

    What a super, super, super idea!!!!!!!!!!

  6. donna says:

    What a great idea! I love that it doesn’t cost an arm and a leg, it’s beautiful, and that little birdie is just too cute!

  7. debbiedoos says:

    Oh I love this idea and will have to do this over the holiday season. I have a few parties to attend. Thanks for sharing with our party!~

  8. Oh yum! I’m just afraid that I would eat them all :) Such a great recipe, I’m pinning this and making it for the holidays! Hope you are having a great weekend.
    xo, Andrea

    • AthenaMG says:

      Yes, that is one of the occupational hazzards of making good-tasting things for the holidays :) I’m with you–I have a taste, save some for my hubby, and then make sure to package them up right away and give them away right away! And thank you, I am having an extraordinarily good weekend.

  9. Great idea!

    I host a weekly blogging party called Seasonal Sundays. I’d love to have you link!

    - The Tablescaper

  10. Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. says:

    What a sweet gift idea!

  11. Heather says:

    This recipe looks so delish and I love how creative you were with the wrapping! Love the Dollar Store! Thanks so much for linking up to It’s Party Time!

  12. Heather says:

    I am featuring your project on my blog today here:
    Thanks so much for linking up this fantastic gift idea and hope to see you at this weeks party!

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  14. Babs says:

    What a pretty and thoughtful hostess gift. Love that it’s budget friendly. I haven’t been to the DT in a while. Obviously, I’ve missed out on these cute things. Thanks for the spiced nuts recipe.

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