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Ina’s Sweet and Spicy Rosemary Cashews

  • Author: Tessa
  • Total Time: 15 mins
  • Yield: About 4 cups 1x


Make these cashews a couple days in advance for your next party. And your next party. And the next one after that. After you debut their explosive flavor, guests will request them again and again.


  • 1 1/4 lbs. cashews (raw, roasted, or even salted will work)
  • 1 1/2 T butter
  • 2 T fresh finely chopped rosemary
  • 2 t dark brown sugar (see notes)
  • 1/2 t cayenne pepper
  • 2 t Kosher salt


  1. Preheat oven to 375 and spread cashews in one layer on a rimmed baking sheet. While the oven preheats and the cashews roast, you’ll have plenty of time to gather and prep the remaining ingredients.
  2. Bake cashews in preheated oven for 8 to 12 minutes, shaking the tray once halfway through. Raw cashews take slightly longer and should be light golden before taking out of the oven.
  3. Melt butter in a small dish in the microwave and allow to cool slightly while continuing. In a large mixing bowl, combine rosemary, brown sugar, cayenne, and salt.
  4. Right after taking the cashews out of the oven, add melted butter to the spice and sugar mixture and stir to combine, until the sugar is slightly dissolved. Carefully add hot cashews, and fold with a large spoon or spatula to coat cashews. Cool cashews in a single layer on a piece of foil or parchment. Serve shortly after, or transfer to an airtight container and keep at room temperature for a few days.


Dark brown sugar yields a deep sweetness that isn’t overly sugary, but light brown will substitute fine in a pinch.

  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Category: Appetizer, Snack
  • Cuisine: Gluten Free, Meatless, Vegetarian