These Rosemary Sweet and Spiced Nuts are what you make when you want your guests to hover around whatever side of the party table these are on! Wow these are addicting and very easy to make. I honestly don’t think that I will ever buy pre-salted and roasted nuts ever again. You need to use raw and unsalted nuts for this recipe, and it is plentiful during the holidays to find them. Costco is your best friend when it comes to making these delicious nuggets of holiday fun. I would be lying if I didn’t tell you that I have a container of these in my car, just in case!! Keep some at your desk, in a festive bowl ready for guests, in your car for when you are running around shopping for holiday gifts and you forgot to eat enough before you left the house….and for seriously at least double the batch!
You can use whatever type of raw nuts that you prefer. I like to use pecans, cashews, walnuts, and almonds. I snuck in a bag of fancy mixed nuts in one batch and some Spanish peanuts in another. It is really whatever you have on hand or whatever type of nuts you prefer. I’ve seen this served with cashews and nothing but cashews! YUM!
I have tried this recipe a few different ways, and this one works the best if you don’t want clumps of seasonings stuck to all of the walnuts….trust me. Melt the butter, then add rosemary and finally some maple syrup, and then pour over the raw nuts and then arrange them on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper. Make it easy on yourself for the cleanup with parchment paper. Roast them for 10 minutes, stir them up, and roast for another 5-8 minutes. Be careful not to let them burn so watch them towards the end.
This is so easy! Get all of your ingredients together first. Chop rosemary for the butter mixture and then mix the brown sugar, salt, and cayenne pepper in a separate bowl to sprinkle all over the final roasted nuts.
Song for the Prep: That Holiday Feeling by Steve Lawrence & Edie Gorme
Rosemary Sweet and Spiced Nuts
- December 15, 2021
- 30 min
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- 2.5 cups raw, unsalted nuts
- 2 T butter, melted
- 2 tsp maple syrup
- 2 T fresh rosemary, chopped
- 1 T dark brown sugar
- 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (or more depending on spice preference)
- 2 tsp salt
- Step 1
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Step 2
- Line sheet pan or baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Step 3
- Melt butter in saucepan, add rosemary and cook for a minute or until fragrant. Add maple syrup, stir, and pour over mixed nuts in a mixing bowl. Mix well, working quickly, and pour onto lined sheet pan. Arrange so that nuts are in one layer. Bake for 10 minutes, remove from oven to stir, and return to oven for 5-8 minutes. Watch these so they don’t burn.
- Step 4
- While nuts are baking, mix dark brown sugar, cayenne pepper, and salt in a small bowl.
- Step 5
- Add roasted nuts back to the mixing bowl. Coat with the sugar/cayenne/salt mixture and stir until nuts are evenly coated. Let cool and serve.
- Step 6
- Keep in airtight container in a cool, dry place.