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Rosemary Spiced Roasted Nuts for the Holidays

by Jessica Vogl
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There is something about rosemary spiced roasted nuts that just feels like the holidays! Also, you know how they say to bake cinnamon rolls, or have tricks for things to make your house smell great when you’re trying to sell? I’m pretty sure these nuts are that thing for me — the absolute best smell and I want to live in whatever house smells like them!

Not only are these delicious, but they come together very easily, and are great for snacking or to add to a charcuterie board. They’re also great for shipping, so if you are shipping treats for the holidays, this is one to add to the list!

Rosemary Spiced Roasted Nuts

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What you need to get started

This is the best kind of recipe, where you can really do a bit of a “clean out the pantry” and use whatever nuts you have on hand. As far as ingredients, you will need:

  • Mixed nuts: I like to use cashews, pecans and almonds, but you could do this with almonst any combination of nuts (or use all one kind!)
  • Rosemary: my favorite herb of all time! I highly recommend rosemary for this recipe, but you could also add in a little thyme, or another herb of your choice!
  • Brown sugar: this gives a sweet balance to the spicy kick
  • Cayenne pepper: the spicy kick we were talking about!
  • Olive oil: this is the fat that holds this all together!
  • And a little salt and pepper

You don’t need any special equipment other than a mixing bowl and a rimmed baking sheet (I’m a big fan of these Cuisinart baking sheets).

Rosemary Spiced Roasted Nuts FAQ

Can I use a different mix of nuts?

Yes, definitely! You could also use just one kind of nut for the whole recipe.

Can I change the herbs?

I highly recommend the rosemary, but if you have another herb you’d like to add (like thyme), go for it!

How should I store these nuts?

If you can resist eating them all right away, store them in an airtight container at room temperature. Your pantry is a perfect place!

What if I don’t like spicy things?

You can modify the amount of cayenne pepper to make them more or less spicy to suit your taste.

How can I ship these?

I’m working on a whole post about shipping treats for the holidays, but these are a great addition. I like to package mine in a small plastic bag before adding to the package. A small jar would also work well. These roasted nuts are sturdy and hold up well while shipping, and taste just as good a few days later!

Below is my recipe for Rosemary Spiced Roasted Nuts — I hope you love them! Let me know what you think in the comments!

Rosemary Spiced Roasted Nuts

Rosemary Spiced Roasted Nuts

An easy recipe for a declious treat at the holidays!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Appetizer, Snack
Servings 16 servings


  • 1 lb. mixed nuts
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 Tablespoons fresh rosemary chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¾ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper ground
  • flaky sea salt for topping


  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine nuts, olive oil, rosemary, salt, cayenne pepper, and black pepper. Stir until combined and nuts are evenly coated.
  • Spread nuts on a large, rimmed baking sheet. Bake for 15-20 minutes, stirring halfway.
  • Remove from oven and sprinkle with flaky sea salt. Let cool and enjoy!
Keyword nuts, roasted nuts, rosemary

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