This recipe was fool proof for making a quick batch of delectable, fancy, and utterly addicting Spiced Party Nuts. I know that I posted about another version of this type of snack right before the holidays. Guess who has a ton of raw nuts hanging around her pantry from the holidays? I’m guessing you might too. You can use any type of raw, mixed nuts that you like for this recipe. The other recipe I posted, Rosemary Sweet and Spiced Nuts, has a dry finish to them and a lot of the lovely herbs and spices get lost in the bottom of the bowl. In this recipe, the nuts are scattered on a sheet pan (cover this with parchment paper or you will probably have to throw your pan out) and the herbed syrup gets poured over them to mix right on the pan. This way you don’t waste any and it speeds this fancy party snack up so you can focus more on what you will wear to the party! These are not just for the holidays, plus everyone will hover over these until they are GONE. I’ve seen it happen. If you have 2 sheet pans and want some extra nuts for yourself, double this batch! You won’t be sorry.
Look at that buttery, sweet, spicy, and herbed nut mix. Of course some are going to be coated more than others but that won’t matter because they all even out in a handful. The buttery syrup will attach itself to the pecans or walnuts in the grooves of the nuts.
Just add the ingredients to the melted butter in a small, separate bowl. If you don’t have fresh rosemary you can omit that, but it’s worth it so don’t skimp. All of the recipes I have found call for unsalted butter. I used salted butter and a bit less salt than most of the other recipes I’ve read. If you use unsalted butter just use 1/2 tsp more salt to the mix.
Pour that sweet and spicy syrup all over the nuts and stir them to coat as evenly as possible right on the sheet pan. Definitely use parchment paper so you don’t ruin your pan. These bake for 10 minutes, stir, and then repeat those steps every 5 minutes until they are golden. Be careful to keep a watch on these as they will burn quickly if you don’t.
Song for the Prep: I’m a Nut by Roger Miller
Wow this song brings me back to my little brother’s room when we were little…laying on the floor listening to this record over and over…laughing our heads off. It still makes me laugh. Enjoy!
Easy Spiced Party Nut Mix
- February 8, 2022
- 30 min
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- 5 C mixed nuts
- 2 T fresh rosemary, finely chopped
- 2 T maple syrup
- 2 T salted butter, melted
- 1 scant tsp salt - 1 1/2 tsp if using unsalted butter
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (optional)
- Step 1
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
- Step 2
- Line sheet pan with parchment paper. I like to clip the sides with chip clips to keep it in place while I mix the nuts. (Do not put clips in the oven) Arrange nut mixture onto the parchment lined pan.
- Step 3
- Chop rosemary. Get the rest of the ingredients out and melt the butter in a small bowl. If using a saucepan to melt butter just mix your ingredients in that.
- Step 4
- Add all remaining ingredients to your bowl or pan, stir to combine, and then pour over the nut mixture. Mix well with a spatula.
- Step 5
- Bake for 10 minutes. Remove from oven, stir nut mixture, and return pan to oven for 5 minutes at a time, removing to stir in between. Nuts will be golden brown when done, in about 20-25 minutes. You don’t want to smell anything burning.
- Step 6
- Remove from oven and let cool for 10 minutes. Separate any clumps and store in an airtight bag or covered container for up to 2 months. They won’t last that long!