Roasted Rosemary Cashews

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img_7766It’s 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 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.

Homemade gifts make perfect gifts.

With all the invitations we receive comes the age-old question, “What should I bring for the host(s) to thank them for their hospitality?” This time of year, we often time think of ornaments, candles, or bottles of wine or liquor. At least the less creative folks like myself do! Although I am not very crafty, I do love to cook, so last year I began making my host/hostess gifts. What I love about my Christmas Roasted Rosemary Cashew recipe is that you can make a few batches of it in about thirty minutes, jar it, and have 4-6 gifts all set and ready to go when it’s time to walk out the door to an event. I also love this gift because it doesn’t take a lot of time out of your already busy holiday schedule.

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 your host(s) how much you truly appreciate their hospitality and their friendship. There’s nothing like a homemade gift, it is unique and undeniably from the heart. Not only are these cashews a wonderful gift, but they are absolutely delicious. Once you start eating them, you will find it’s hard to stop. They are such a sweet, savory, spicy treat!

The gift that keeps on giving.

When I give my Christmas Roasted Rosemary Cashews as a gift, I jar them in mason jars. Not only does this keep them incredibly fresh, but the jar is also a little something for the host(s) to keep for future use. Once the jars are sealed, I tie a piece of twine around the lid with a tag of thanks. I add a rosemary sprig for decoration and because it smells divine. Viola! You have a beautiful, delicious, and thoughtful gift that your friends and family will adore.

tis-the-season3I hope you will try my Christmas Roasted Rosemary Cashews this holiday season. Make some for the special people in your life, but don’t forget to save some for yourself. Happy Holidays my friends! Wishing you and yours love this season and all the best in the New Year.

White bowl filled with Roasted Rosemary Cashews
Yield: 8-10 servings

Roasted Rosemary Cashews

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

These salty, sweet, and a little spicy roasted rosemary cashews are perfect for the holidays. Have them with cocktails to celebrate, in a bowl on the table to snack on throughout the day, or give them as homemade gifts to the ones you love. No matter how you enjoy them, you are going to love this easy and delicious Roasted Rosemary Cashew recipe!


  • 1 pound bag of raw whole cashews
  • 2 tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
  • pinch of cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Place the cashews on an ungreased cookie sheet and bake them for about 8-10 minutes until they are warmed through and slightly browned.
  3. Combine the rosemary, cayenne pepper, cinnamon, brown sugar, and salt in a small bowl.
  4. Take the cashews out of the oven and allow them to cool for about 5 minutes.
  5. Melt the butter.
  6. Put the cashews in a large bowl and pour the butter over them. Stir thoroughly to make sure each nut is coated with butter.
  7. Pour the sugar, spices, and salt mixture over the warm nuts and stir to incorporate.
  8. Sprinkle the rosemary on top of the nuts and continue to stir until the nuts are completely coated.
  9. Serve warm and jar for freshness or to give them as a gift.

    Looking for more recipes for the holidays? You will love my Christmas Sugar Cookies, Iced Ginger Cookies, Almond Snowball Cookies, and Poppyseed Coffee Cake recipes too!

    1. Shelle says:

      I love this!!!!

    2. Sarah says:

      Meeghan, I just pulled these from the oven and tossed them with all the goodness….oh my word, these are a new fave!! Now I’m trying to decide if I should hoard them or share them. ? I guess since they’re so easy, I’ll share them…this time.? Thanks for the yummy recipe!!

      • Meeghan says:

        You are so very welcome for the recipe Sarah! I’m excited that you tried them and best of all, that you like them! They are definitely a favorite here on the farm. Thank you for sharing your thoughts with me, they’re much appreciated.

    3. Ashley says:

      These are amazing. THANK YOU for sharing.

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