These Roasted Rosemary Cashews are made with sugar, spice, and everything nice. They are the perfect savory snack this holiday season. Warm nuts tossed with a little butter, fresh rosemary, salt, warm spices, and a touch of sugar and cayenne make them virtually irresistible.
Find the full recipe with all the details at the end of this post.
Serve these delicious cashews in a bowl on the table, use them on a charcuterie board for guests, take them on a hike in nature, or just eat them by the handfuls throughout the day. A jar of these salty, sweet, and slightly spicy nuts also makes a great host/hostess gift during the holidays. Your friends, family, and neighbors will love you. Be sure to have the recipe handy! I promise they will ask you to share it.
Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire…
Okay, okay, I know we are talking cashews here, but doesn’t that song make you feel like snacking on some roasted warm nuts when you hear it!? I picture myself strolling down the sidewalk in New York City with the streetlights dimly lit and snow gently falling from the sky in the moonlight…but I digress.
Back here at home, these roasted rosemary cashews give me the same sense of nostalgia during the holiday season. Although these nuts are not roasted on an open fire, they are roasted in the oven. The toasted nut flavor that is brought out in them through roasting is wonderfully delicious.
Ingredients in Roasted Rosemary Cashews
The simple ingredients in these nuts are mostly pantry staples, aside from the fresh Rosemary. You can use dried Rosemary, but I promise you that using fresh not only makes them taste better, but it makes them look beautiful too. The touch of green adds a fresh and festive look to the cashews that make them the perfect holiday season snack.
- Cashews (I always use Raw Whole Cashews from Trader Joe’s)
- Fresh Rosemary
- Brown sugar
- Sea salt
How to Make Roasted Rosemary Cashews
First, spread the cashews out on an ungreased cookie sheet and bake them for about 8-10 minutes until they are warmed through and slightly browned. Next, combine the rosemary, cayenne pepper, cinnamon, brown sugar, and salt in a small bowl.
Take the cashews out of the oven and allow them to cool for about 5 minutes. (You don’t want them to get too cool, otherwise, the butter will not fully coat them which is important to ensure the sugar, salt, and spices coat them.) Meanwhile, melt the butter in a microwave-safe bowl.
Put the warm cashews in a large bowl and pour the melted butter over them. Stir them thoroughly to make sure each nut is coated with butter. Then, pour the sugar, spices, and salt mixture over the warm nuts and stir to coat them evenly and completely. Finally, sprinkle the rosemary on top of the nuts and continue to stir them until they are completely coated.
Serve Roasted Rosemary Cashews warm or at room temperature. Jar them for storage and freshness.
The Season of Giving
The holidays are a time for family and friends to come together to show their love for one another. There are countless Christmas parties, holiday events, New Year celebrations, special dinners, and so much more. It is an incredibly busy time of year, but it’s also the most wonderful time of the year. There is nothing like gathering with friends and family to spread some holiday cheer.
With all the invitations received comes the age-old question, “What should I bring for the host and/or hostess to thank them for their hospitality?” A jar of these Roasted Rosemary Cashews makes the perfect homemade gift this holiday season. What I love about my Roasted Rosemary Cashew recipe is that you can make a few batches of it in about thirty minutes. Once they are jarred, you will have about 4-6, 16-ounce jars of nuts all set and ready to go when you need them to gift to someone. It’s a great make-ahead gift idea during a very busy time of the year!
Homemade Gifts Are The Best Kind of Gifts
Homemade gifts show a tremendous amount of thought, effort, and love to the person on the receiving end. During this busy time of year, a homemade gift conveys to the people you love how much you truly appreciate their friendship and hospitality. There’s nothing like a homemade gift, whether it’s Homemade Bath Salts, Chocolate Dipped Spoons and a Mug, or a DIY Simmer Pot Gift. Homemade gifts are always unique and undeniably from the heart.
Not only are these cashews a wonderful gift, but they are absolutely delicious. When I give my Roasted Rosemary Cashews as a gift, I always jar them in mason jars. Not only does this keep them incredibly fresh, but the jar is also a little something for the recipient to keep and use (maybe to make a Snowy Jar Candle Holder).
Roasted Rosemary Cashews: Made With Love
When you or someone you love starts eating these delicious nuts, you will find it’s hard to stop. They are the perfect sweet, savory, spicy treat!
Once the roasted rosemary cashews are in the jars and they are sealed, I tie a piece of twine or ribbon around the lid. Sometimes I attach a little gift tag for the recipient too. I always add a rosemary sprig for a special finishing touch. It adds beauty to the presentation while at the same time, it smells divine.
Viola! Now you have a beautiful, delicious, and very thoughtful gift that your friends and family will adore.
I hope you will try my holiday Roasted Rosemary Cashews this fall and winter season. Make some for the special people in your life, but don’t forget to save some for yourself too. Happy Holidays, from my home to yours!
Wishing you and yours love this season and all the best in the upcoming New Year.