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Rosemary Nuts & Happy Holidays!

4.5 stars based on 3 votes

Rosemary nuts

Hi Everyone, I’m on vacation and enjoying a little break from the kitchen, so this recipe is an oldie but goodie from the archives. It’s one of my all-time favorites and perfect for the holidays. Wishing you a wonderful holiday season and Happy New Year — be back in January!


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Rosemary Nuts



  • 2-1/2 cups unsalted mixed nuts, such as pecans or cashews
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (use less or omit if you don't like heat)
  • 2 teaspoons dark brown sugar, packed
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, or to taste
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line baking sheet with aluminum foil. Combine nuts on baking sheet and toast in oven until warm, fragrant and lightly golden, about 5 minutes.
  3. In a large bowl, combine rosemary, cayenne pepper, brown sugar and butter. Add the warm, toasted nuts to the spiced butter and toss well. Add kosher salt and toss to coat thoroughly. Serve warm.
  4. Note: You can use any combination of cashews, whole unpeeled almonds, peeled peanuts, pecans, hazelnuts, Brazil nuts or whatever suits your taste; just keep in mind that pecans work particularly well because their crevices hold the seasoning. You can also use raw unsalted nuts for this recipe, just be sure to toast them a bit longer, about 10 minutes, or until lightly golden.

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Reviews & Comments

  • 5 stars

    These are delicious and addicting. I reduced the amount of cayenne because I am a wimp when it comes to heat. There is a little kick but it balances really nicely with the sweetness. The rosemary is bright and adds a surprise to the nuts.

    - Amanda Ward on December 1, 2016 Reply
  • 4 stars

    A delicious treat! I’ve also made this by adding Trader Joes marcona almonds which are rosemary seasoned and it was a fantastic addition.

    - Atam on November 3, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    My husband loves nuts (and so do I) so I had to try these. Boy, are they good! The only problem I had was trying to get the rosemary chopped finely enough. It makes quite a large batch so we had scrumptious eating for over a week.

    - Carol on December 3, 2014 Reply
  • These are the tastiest nuts! I also tried the Gramercy Tavern nut recipe from your site but prefer these because of the fresh rosemary (I add heaping tablespoons because I love the woody taste). These make a great holiday gift for friends and neighbors but an even better snack to stash in the pantry.

    - Amy on March 15, 2013 Reply
  • this was just the thing I needed for our happy hour party…everyone left with a little tin filled with the mix along with a copy of the recipe…thanks for sharing

    - darlaBE on May 19, 2012 Reply
  • Great holiday gift idea!

    - Cathy on May 16, 2012 Reply
  • I have been on a fresh rosemary kick lately, so I will have to make these soon.

    - LaurenS on March 8, 2012 Reply
  • Delicious for appetizers or gifts!

    - Merie on March 2, 2012 Reply
  • Very easy and people will think you are a master chef!

    - Cindy Nelson on March 1, 2012 Reply
  • I make these every time family is in town. They refer to them as bacon nuts. Somehow the combo of rosemary and brown sugar reminds them of bacon. I’ve been giving them as hostess gifts for a couple of years now.

    - Amy on March 1, 2012 Reply
  • This recipe is so easy and is great for gift giving, if you can stand to give it away. Be careful, it is addicting. I loved the spicy kick, but if you are giving this as a gift you may want to cut back a bit on the cayenne. I made it with mixed nuts and added some walnuts in there too to make it even healthier. This recipe will be made over and over again in this house.

    - Karen on March 1, 2012 Reply
  • What a great gift idea….

    - Karie on March 1, 2012 Reply
  • These make great gifts – and so yummy!

    - Judee on March 1, 2012 Reply
  • I just saw these on Food Networks “The Best Snack I ever had” Giada recommended these nuts from Union Square Cafe. I was going to go online and try and find the recipe. Thanks so much

    - Divine Diva on January 13, 2011 Reply
  • Rosemary nuts sound amazing!
    Happy Holidays to you

    - leslie on December 30, 2010 Reply
  • I have just fallen in love with your site. I happened to find your website by googling lamb burgers. I used your recipe along with the Tzatziki and my husband (who is Greek and has been spoiled his entire life by a from scratch cooking Yia Yia) now believes I am a Greek goddess. Thanks for sharing such a delish recipe! Next I’m going to make your Carrot Ginger Souffle… Yum!

    - Liz J. on December 29, 2010 Reply
  • We must be long-lost sisters. This is the one recipe that was on my list to make for Christmas that I never got to! But there are technically a few days left of the “holidays”, right?!

    - Shauna from Piece of Cake on December 29, 2010 Reply

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