Rosemary Roasted Cashews

This recipe is almost directly from the Bar Nuts at Union Square Cafe in New York City and its wonderful cookbook of the same name.

Total Time:
15 min
Prep:
5 min
Cook:
10 min

Yield:
approximately 3 cups
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 1 1/4 pounds cashew nuts
  • 2 tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh rosemary leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
  • 2 teaspoons dark brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter
Directions
Watch how to make this recipe

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Place the nuts on an ungreased baking sheet and bake for about 10 minutes until they are warmed through. Meanwhile, combine the rosemary, pepper, sugar, salt and butter in a large bowl. Toss the warm nuts with the rosemary mixture until the nuts are completely coated. Serve warm.


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Simply the best! I have made this recipe many times and company always raves. You will never eat a plain cashew again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I'm underwhelmed.. Maybe I saw too much hype from Giada and a few people who tried these. They were good, but I won't make them again. I followed the recipe exactly. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love cashews. I thought this was ok. The rosemary over powered the delicate taste of cashew. The cayenne was a little too hot for me. But still a nice choice to have on the table item not reviewed by moderator and published
One of my favorite recipes! Stole from my sis-n-law a few yrs ago. Always a hit! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have made this four times and it has been a major hit each time. I have never used cashews but have used a combo of walnuts, almonds and/or pecans. Easy and delicious. Will be making this for the Big Game. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious, but flavor faint for our house...just double up all ingredients except the nuts. Try with smoked sea salt for extra yum :) item not reviewed by moderator and published
Wonderful, quick, and easy. No one could stop eating them. I did 2 lbs and they were gone by the end of the party. item not reviewed by moderator and published
My guests didn't eat them! item not reviewed by moderator and published
These are so easy and delicious. I brought them to a Christmas party and everyone went nuts!...sorry, I couldn't resist. They have a little heat but it mellows after a few hours. I didn't serve them warm, and they're actually better this way because the nuts have more crunch once they cool. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The simplicity combined with over-the-top appeal and taste makes this a regular for Christmas in our house. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is a great recipe. I use pecans sometimes. So easy. item not reviewed by moderator and published
These are just okay. We're doing our Thanksgiving tomorrow (live in Europe) and am debating whether or not to bring them because they're so underwhelming. Cashews are expensive and expected more "wow". Won't be making again and am really disappointed considering the rave reviews. Made the recipe like printed and even made a little more sauce to be sure there was enough and still am not really impressed. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Love these! I did add a little more butter as the mixture initially was too thick to coat the nuts. Will try the idea posted by someone else of shaking in a Ziploc bag next time. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Absolutely to die for! I used unsalted fancy mixed nuts (cashews, almonds, pecans, brazil nuts) and they are fantastic. I'm also making them to give as Holiday gifts. Hubby liked them so much I swear his eyes were rolling back in his head ;-) item not reviewed by moderator and published
I am now going to Sam's Club for 4 large cans of cashews at a time! My family hates to run out! We love this recipe and plan to make lots for Holiday gifts. Thank you, Ina! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Another fantastic recipe from Ina!! Easy and everyone loves. I put a bunch of rosemary in a food processor to chop it all at once and also make her Chipotle Rosemary Roasted Nuts. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Simple to make and very tasty. A recipe to repeat! item not reviewed by moderator and published
One of my favorite recipes of all time. I don't even bother with warming them up. I just shake everything in a ziploc bag and they're delicious!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Two words..."BIG HIT!" Everyone devoured them instantly. Only thing I added was a 1/2tsp Smoked Paprika to give it my little twist! TY for the great simple tip and I will be making at EVERY party this point forward. item not reviewed by moderator and published
So easy and delicious! A nice step up from just opening a can of nuts for your guests and take almost no effort at all. I'll make these again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this with pecans, almonds and cashews mixed and it was fantastic! I plan to make more for Christmas gifts... item not reviewed by moderator and published
So delicious! Great for cocktails and tailgating - and so easy! Also good for holidays and hostess gifts. item not reviewed by moderator and published
These are delicious! I pass them out in all my gift baskets and they are always a hit. I buy the 2 pound container of cashews at Costco and double the recipe. Then, I put the cashews back in the containers and freeze them. Working on a few batches today to freeze for the holidays. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made these for an office function and they were a huge hit. I put a tad more rosemary than called for and don't suggest it; they were almost too rosemary-ish, but still tasty. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Have made these scrumptious nibbles for many gatherings....am planning on taking to my niece's wedding (for gift opening appetizer but I have to fly to the event. Does anyone know whether these freeze well or if not, how many days (max should I prepare them? item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love this recipe, and it's also wonderful with popcorn instead of cashews for a lighter nibble. I tossed popped corn with butter, then sprinkled on the seasonings to taste (popcorn needed less salt, but more butter and sugar. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Simple and delicious. Served them as a pre-dinner appetizer and received many compliments. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Lovely to make, great to eat and easy to freeze! People rave about these nuts and can't leave them alone! Highly recommended and I am making them (once again next week for a bridal shower! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great recipe. I mixed the nuts with the butter first as some others suggested, and the coating seemed to stick just fine. I made them the day before serving and they were a huge hit at the party. In fact I sadly ended up giving away most of the leftovers because people were so enthusiastic! Definitely going to make this recipe again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
YUM YUM YUMMY! We fight over them! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Wow! These should be called Addictive Rosemary Roasted Cashews. I dare you to take a handful and not reach in for more. I love roasted pecans but this is my new favorite. The rosemary is amazing on these. You will want to make more than you think!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
These are great! I made lots of these to give out in small tins as Christmas gifts this year. I did use a good deal less salt than the recipe calls for. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Okay - this time I did as suggested: mixed the warm nuts with the melted butter THEN added the spices and sugar mixture. Perfect and delicious! item not reviewed by moderator and published
These have quickly become a party staple at my house! Perfect example of a recipe where the whole is greater than the sum of its parts - sweet, spicy, savory perfection! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious! Very addicting. A tad more on the spicy side than sweet side. I mixed the spices with the melted butter (added a little extra butter and poured over the hot cashews in a bowl and mixed. Stuck perfectly. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Wonderful recipe! Very big hit with all of my guests. I read a lot of reviews where the topping wouldn't stick to the nuts. I left the nuts on the hot baking sheet and poured on the butter, then the sugar rosemary mixture and tossed with tongs. The hot sheet melted the sugar and everything stuck on perfectly. Delicious!! Thank you Ina! item not reviewed by moderator and published
These nuts certainly are tasty. CAUTION: if you follow the recipe in Ina's Barefoot in Paris Cookbook for these nuts there is a typo.....the book calls for 1 Tablespoon of Kosher salt..yikes! The on line recipe is correct calling for 2 tsp of salt. Big Difference! Enjoy.... item not reviewed by moderator and published
OMG! These are good! Highly addictive. I made them as an appetizer for our wine tasting dinner party and everyone loved them. Thanks Ina, your recipes never fail me. You're the best. To: Stomy 100- you actually have to like rosemary because the amount indicated is perfect. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I am not impressed. Glad I halved the recipe. Too much rosemary. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Have been making these goodies for years. Made for friend's memorial service and everyone went "nuts". On vacation to Atlanta, so I took nuts to family and friends. Gave as gifts and my cooking buddy gave as gifts to others. Now approx. 10 more folks want the recipe. It's a keeper. Thank you, Ina. You are the best!!! Hugs, Texasposies item not reviewed by moderator and published
I saw Giada on "The Best Thing I Ever Ate" and she was featuring the nuts from the Union Square Cafe Bar. I thought... "wouldn't that recipe be good made with all cashews?" and have been doing it ever since... Great minds... item not reviewed by moderator and published
So easy and sooooo good. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious and so easy to make! I cut back on the salt just a little bit, but otherwise, perfect! They are fantastic warm, but the flavor is just as good once they are room temperature. I made a batch of them and my husband and I ate them all week long as a snack. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I make these regularly, and they are ALWAYS a hit! I have lots of people request I bring them to parties. Wonderful, and such a good use of my huge rosemary bush in the back yard. Love 'Em Ina! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Ina, you are a genius! I made these for a gourmet group and people could not stop eating them. We almost didn't have enough room when the "real" food was ready to be served. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I'd rate this a 6 if I could! I have made this recipe dozens of times and always get raves. I use regular salted cashews from the grocery store and leave out the salt. They are a great addition to all sorts of things; salads, soups, whatever! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Excellent recipe. I make these every year for Christmas and put a little baggie of them on my cookie trays that I give out. Quick, easy and very tasty!! I actually mix all of the spices into the melted butter and then pour everything over the roasted cashews. item not reviewed by moderator and published
They taste fine, but, even though I coated them with melted butter before adding the rest, the sugar, rosemary, and cayenne didn't seem to stick well to the nuts. Maybe they'd work better if I melted the sugar first? item not reviewed by moderator and published
These are the BEST - my "go-to" recipe for every party - people go crazy for them. Super easy, they take minutes. Use whole, roasted, unsalted cashews. And don't skip the cayenne, that little kick makes them more intriguing. They are also excellent the next morning if you've had one too many of Ina's cocktails the night before. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Have made these a few times - everyone always loves them! Easy and quick to make... and, yes, definitely addictive! I've made w/ both raw and roast cashews - definitely prefer raw. item not reviewed by moderator and published
can't wait to try - raw cashews? roasted cashews? 10 minutes seems enough time to warm but not roast???? item not reviewed by moderator and published
Easy and addictive. Have used whole piece salted cashews when unable to get to the wholefoods store to buy natural. Doesn't taste as good as the what the recipe calls for but is a suitable substitute when I'm craving these. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I toasted these in a skillet and used oregano instead of rosemary... very good! Fun appetizer item not reviewed by moderator and published
Surprisingly not a great recipe. I loved the sound of this as a wonderful make ahead snack to serve but found them slightly oily and the flavors very pungent. Sorry Ina item not reviewed by moderator and published
I've prepared this several times before from her recipe in "Barefoot in Paris" but I didn't have my cookbook handy yesterday so I printed the recipe from this website. However, the nuts burned up! I found my cookbook and compared, and the recipe on FoodNetwork says to heat them for 10 minutes at 375, but the cookbook says to heat 5 minutes at 350. I threw the first batch away and prepared a new batch at 350 for 5 minutes and they were as perfect as always. item not reviewed by moderator and published
AMAZING! They were the perfect combination of sweet, spicy and savory. I couldn't stop eating them. My guest, who dislikes cashews, commented that she couldn't stop eating them too. I followed the recipe exactly and even with the cayenne pepper, it was not too spicy for those who don't like spice. I will definitely be making them again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made these for a cocktail party and they were a big hit. Adults, kids, everyone liked them. They have only mild heat, andn are not spicy. People were surprised by the rosemary, and the unexpected collection of flavors. I doubled the recipe and the nuts were gone by the end of the night. The spices/butter/sugar coat better when the nuts are warm, however, they taste good warm or room temp. Highly recommeded! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made these as an appetizer for a small dinner party. One of the guests has recently been diagnosed with pre-diabetes so she is conscious of eating too many carbs. Even though the recipe has brown sugar, I was hopeful that she would find them 'allowed' on her eating plan. She loved them! While I made them the same day I served them, I thought they were even better the second day (and I was secretly glad there were leftovers). Loved the rosemary! Since I couldn't find unsalted roasted cashews at the time, I omitted the salt called for in the recipe, but would add just a touch next time. I will likely be making these for hostess gifts or holiday gifts. So easy, so yummy - you just can't go wrong. Thank you, Ina! item not reviewed by moderator and published
If I show up at a party without these nuts- people get upset. Do yourself a favor and mix the butter with the heated cashews BEFORE you mix in the other ingredients. Sometimes unsalted cashews are hard to find unless you hit Whole Foods or Fresh Market. I consistently find them at Walgreens and CVS. The unsalted nuts + kosher salt does make a difference. Don't bother trying to do this with cashews that are already salted. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Must serve warm... great great app for a wine and cheese party. Suggestion for a long party.. keep them in a slow cooker on low... I even made them for Christmas Gifts... item not reviewed by moderator and published
these are just great. I gave some as holiday gift - noticed the scotch and wine drinkers were particularly ga-ga over them. I added a bit more brown sugar to match the heat. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I was not too happy with the outcome of this recipe! I was disappointed because I was actually looking forward to making this one. I followed the recipe exactly, except that I added a little less salt and cayanne (family doesn't like spicy food) than what it called for. They still felt a little TOO salty and I thought they didn't really have any flavor. I don't think any of my guests really enjoyed them either because they didn't eat them at all! I won't be making this recipe again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have been making these for years, they are delicious . . always a hit. The only modifying I do is, some crowds like spicier so I will increase the cayenne pepper. You wont be disappointed !!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Don't need to say much more than that. Excellent recipe. Try to leave some for your guests and family...it is easy to eat the entire bowl by yourself! item not reviewed by moderator and published
These are somewhat addictive. I agree with below, when I make them again, I'll coat with the butter first, then add the other ingredients. They turned out great but had to mix them a lot to distribute the coating if you follow the recipe. I took these to work and they were gone lickety split! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I thought these nuts could have been tastier, but the brown sugar didn't coat the cashews, and instead clumped up at the bottom of the bowl. I tried reheating the cashews, adding more butter, and just mixing them longer. no luck. I may try this again with the suggestion of pouring the butter over the cashews first then adding the brown sugar and other ingredients. I had wanted to give these as gifts to people for Thanksgiving, but not this year. I made something else instead. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I like it that the sugar adds another dimension and they aren't too sweet. Just the right amount of savory with a hint of sugar to give these nuts a really exciting flavor. Watch the nuts and don't let them burn because nuts can quickly go from toasted perfectly to burned. I used Planter's salted cashews and put them on a clean dishtowel to rub off a lot of the salt before I toasted them. Then I used about one half of the amount of kosher salt called for in the recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have had this recipe for quite a while and finally made it as an appetizer when we had friends for dinner last week. They were FANTASTIC! I was afraid of the "heat" and thought there was too much rosemary in the recipe, so cut back on the cayanne and the fresh herb. In retrospect, I will follow the recipe to the "T" next time. They were still EXCELLENT and everyone asked for the recipe. Quick and simple to make. I can see where these would make a great gift (or little hostess gift). item not reviewed by moderator and published
These are quite delicious. I loved them and everyone else liked them very much. Nice seasonings with just a little kick. I agree they are even better the next day. item not reviewed by moderator and published
My grandmother makes these for me when I come to visit, they are delicious! I tried making them a couple of times myself, but had trouble getting the ingredients to stick to the cashews. My grandmother came up with this slight alteration:: Instead of putting all the ingredients in a bowl and then mixing in the cashews, but the warm cashews in a bowl, pour the melted butter over, and then sprinkle the ingredients over the nuts and mix with your hands. Doesn't sound like it should make a huge difference but it does for me! item not reviewed by moderator and published
These nuts are amazing! They were very good warm, but we all liked them even better the next day. You start to crave them when they're gone! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Tasty nuts. They really only need to be cooked about 8 minutes. I went the full 10 but they seemed a little too brown. Maybe that is why the seasoning did not stick too well. Anybody know or did I just need more butter? item not reviewed by moderator and published
These nuts are so addiciting, especially warm. A recipe we will make often, healthy and yummy. Makes a great gift. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Really, really easy, and so (unfortunately) addictive. I made this recipe this (Wednesday) morning, intending to serve them at a party Saturday night. Now looks like I'll have to make another batch. hehe They have a nice little afterkick (from the cayenne), and a delicate rosemary flavor. item not reviewed by moderator and published
These are delicious and so easy to prepare! The smell when the warmed cashews hits the rosemary and butter is amazing! I will continue to make these often! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I KNEW this wasn't my aunts recipe!! :) She has made these for parties in the past and would never give out the recipe. :) HA HA!! I found it. :) It's a great, super quick and a crowd pleaser. :) If you don't want it QUITE as spicy, don't add as much pepper. :) It's got a kick. item not reviewed by moderator and published
These were so easy and so delicious!! So addicting and a huge hit. Make them! item not reviewed by moderator and published
These are great. I had them out a friend's house and couldn't stop thinking about them, so I made them for a party I hosted this weekend. They were a hit - especially with the men - and almost everyone asked for the recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
....over these nuts. I am not a big fan of rosemary. I find it too strong a flavor but these nuts were excellent. I would even add a little more rosemary next time. I made them tonight and I will have to put them away because I cannot stop eating them. I read the other reviews and think it is a good idea to make for holiday gifts. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Threw these together for some friends that were dropping by before dinner. Used about 3/4 the amount of red pepper because husband doesn't like too much heat, and added about 25% more rosemary. I had lightly salted cashews on hand, so I left out the salt called for in the recipe. Yummy warm, but also great the next day. item not reviewed by moderator and published
These are the best nuts. I prefer them cold vs. warm. They just seem to have a better flavor to them the next day. I've made these many times over, for presents for the office or showers or BBQs. They are really delicious and so easy to make. It's hard to eat nuts that haven't been given this extra treatment :) item not reviewed by moderator and published
Everyone loves these! Now my friends ask me to bring them to all of our gatherings. item not reviewed by moderator and published
These are a great, unique way to dress up plain nuts! They have amazing flavor! item not reviewed by moderator and published
These were amazing and so easy to make - I think it took me 10 minutes... and that was just waiting for the nuts to toast. They smell wonderful and the sweet, salty, spicey mix is perfect! It made our nighttime snacking seem a little more elegant! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I had another recipe for this same thing which used olive oil and maple syrup instead of the brown sugar and butter. It actually tasted a lot better and coated the nuts better as well, if I hadn't had that first I would have given this recipe 5 stars instead of 4. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Started taking these nuts to my BPW/USA gatherings a few years ago, and now have lots of requests for repeats. Have used cashews, mixed nuts(no peanuts please), and pecans. Always a favorite addition @ every event! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I make these ALL the time at the request of many friends. I have made them several hours before a party and covered them with foil - they stay warm until your guests arrive and are so good that way (plus you get a lot of credit for serving something you "just" made). I always make them with mixed, unsalted nuts and sometimes add more peanuts or cashews depending on my mood. My husband loves these so much I have to hide them from him so that I'll get a few!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love cashews, and this was delicious, especially to serve for a party item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this for Christmas Eve out of the Barefoot in Paris book. The recipe differs slightly as it calls for 1 lb. unsalted roasted cashews and the baking time is 5 min. at 350. I could only find salted roasted cashews so I omitted the kosher salt. I prefer these nuts the next day after all flavors have had time to settle. Great taste and a crowd pleaser. item not reviewed by moderator and published
A friend shared this recipe but she used pecans instead of cashews. The nuts were excellent. Since then, this has become one of my favorite appetizers and frequently asked-for recipes. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Quick, Easy & a Definite Crowd Pleaser! I had everyone asking for the recipe! item not reviewed by moderator and published
They were different, which was nice and they are much better warm. Well at least I think they are. Probably won't make them again. I love Inas recipes usually. This one isn't bad, it's just not her best. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made these for a coctail party last night as a last minute idea. They were a huge hit and everyone raved about them! I should have doubled the recipe because they were the first things gone! I wound up printing out several copies of the recipe for people and was told that this has to be a staple at all of my parties now! There couldn't be a simpler recipe either! item not reviewed by moderator and published
When I first made these and tried one I was a bit uncertain. The taste was unusual and they did have some heat. I think they are an acquired taste because the more I ate the better they tasted. These are a good substitute for the traditional 'party mix'. I would make these again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Got rave reviews item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have made these three times; once for a Christmas party, for NYE, and for the super bowl. HUGE it each time! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This has become a party staple. I start with Planter's cashews and go from there. Don't change or omit a thing. item not reviewed by moderator and published
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Great flavor, cashews can be served either warm or cold. Made as written and wouldn't change recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
They were very good item not reviewed by moderator and published

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