Spiced Mayan Cocoa Coated Walnuts

by Christina Meyer-Jax, Tastemaker in Residence - as seen on Fox Sunday Morning



2 tbsp butter
¼ tsp cayenne pepper
2 tsp ground cinnamon
2 cups walnut halves
2 Tbsp granulated sugar
1 Tbsp cocoa powder


  1. Preheat oven to 250°F 
  2. In a large microwavable bowl, add butter, cayenne and cinnamon. Microwave on high until butter is melted, about 30 seconds. Whip ingredients together to combine. Add walnuts and stir to coat. Sprinkle with sugar and toss to coat walnuts. 
  3. Pour mixture onto a rimmed baking sheet. Bake in center of oven for about one hour, stirring about every 15 minutes, until walnuts are a deep golden color and toasted. Sift cocoa over warm walnuts. Let cool.