The flavor-packed cashews provide a perfect balance of sweet and heat, with the savory hint of rosemary that make them ideal for serving at parties or gifting to friends during the holiday season. Be warned, they will be gobbled up fast!
I really wanted to hold off until November to share these with you. I feared sharing them now would have them lost in the shuffle when they really should be made it numerous batches and given as gifts during the holiday season.
Well, that is if you can package them up without devouring them all yourself first. Not that I’ve done that while testing this recipe or anything.
But then I realized that this sweet and savory combo combined with my favorite fall/winter herb, rosemary, would be welcomed with open arms at football tailgates, gatherings and parties. After all, they’re perfect to snack on while socializing and won’t leave your hands sticky!
I’ve made several batches (they’re so easy!) and they’ve been devoured within 24 hours in my house thanks to the subtle sweetness of maple syrup and a pinch of cayenne to give it some pizzazz without setting your mouth on fire.
So, instead of waiting to November to share, I am encouraging you to pin these to your snack/appetizer and holiday gift boards, but don’t feel like you have to wait until then. These come together in no time and will leave people begging you for the recipe.
- 1 lb (about 3 cups) raw cashews
- 2 Tbsp butter, melted
- 1 Tbsp maple syrup
- 2 tsp salt
- ½ tsp cayenne pepper
- 1 Tbsp brown sugar
- 2 Tbsp dried rosemary
- Preheat oven to 375.
- Spread raw cashews on rimmed baking sheet in a single layer. Roast for 10 minutes.
- While the cashews roast, Mix together the rest of the ingredients in a large bowl.
- Remove cashews from oven and dump into a large bowl. Mix well, while still warm, with butter and spice mixture until well coated.
- Spread the coated cashews back onto the rimmed baking sheet and roast for an additional 5 minutes. Remove from oven and allow them to cool.
- Serve immediately or keep in an airtight container.
What are your favorite holiday snack foods or appetizers?