Rosemary roasted nuts are coated in a maple syrup glaze, seasoned with warm spices and fresh rosemary, then roasted in the oven. They make the perfect holiday snack for your next party.
I love making recipes like honey sesame cashews or stovetop candied pecans during the winter season. Rosemary roasted nuts make a great holiday snack for your next party because they're packed with salty sweet flavor that everyone will love.
Rosemary is a perfect complement to the chili and cayenne and reminds me of the holidays. The maple glaze adds the perfect amount of sweetness to balance with the savory flavors.
Serve rosemary roasted nuts at your next holiday gathering like Thanksgiving or Christmas. They also make a great gift when stored in a decorative tin.
Ingredients and substitutions
- Mixed nuts - Any raw mixed nuts work in this recipe. Feel free to use all one nut if you prefer. Pecans, almonds, cashews, walnuts, and peanuts are all great choices. I recommend using raw nuts that haven't yet been seasoned.
- Rosemary - Fresh herbs are much more flavorful and aromatic than dried herbs, so I recommend using fresh herbs if at all possible. If you don't have fresh rosemary or can't find it at your local grocer, it can be substituted with dried rosemary instead. Substitute 1 ½ tablespoons of fresh herbs with ½ tablespoon of dried herbs.
- Maple syrup - Adds a bit of sweetness and helps balance with the savory flavors in the recipe. Maple syrup could also be substituted with honey.
- Olive oil - Can be substituted with your favorite cooking oil if desired.
- Seasoning - Chili powder, cayenne pepper, and salt add a hint of heat and savory flavor to these mixed nuts. For mild flavor, omit the cayenne pepper and reduce the chili powder by half.
Tips and tricks
Use parchment - The sticky maple syrup coating will stick to your sheet pan, so I highly recommend using parchment paper for easy cleanup.
Allow to cool completely - The candy coating may be a little sticky straight from the oven, so allow your nuts to cool completely before handling or storing.
Give as a gift - Who doesn't love an edible gift? Buy a few inexpensive gift bags or decorative tins and fill them with rosemary roasted nuts. They'll be a hit with friends and family.
Frequently asked questions
The maple syrup and olive oil help the seasoning adhere to the outside of the nuts. I don't recommend omitting either of these ingredients or you'll have problems with the seasoning sticking.
These roasted nuts will keep for 1 month or longer when stored in a tightly sealed container at room temperature.
Rosemary Roasted Nuts
- 4 cups raw mixed nuts
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 ½ tablespoons fresh rosemary, minced
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
- In a bowl, add maple syrup, olive oil, rosemary, chili powder, salt, and cayenne pepper. Add mixed nuts and stir until evenly coated.
- Spread nuts onto prepared baking sheet and spread into a single layer. Bake for about 15 minutes, stirring once halfway through.
- Remove from oven and allow to cool on baking sheet. Store in a sealed container at room temperature.
- Fresh rosemary can be substituted with dried rosemary at a 3:1 ratio. 1 ½ tablespoons of fresh rosemary = ½ tablespoon of dried rosemary.
- Any raw, unseasoned nuts can be used in this recipe.
- Roasted nuts will keep for 1 month or more when stored in a tightly sealed container at room temperature.