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Spiced Mixed Nuts


Yields 4 cups.

  • 1 lb. (4 cups) mixed unsalted nuts (such as cashews, macadamias, walnuts, pecans, or almonds)
  • 1/2 tsp. ground coriander
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 2 Tbs. unsalted butter
  • 2 Tbs. dark brown sugar
  • 2 Tbs. chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1/4 tsp. cayenne
  • 1-1/2 tsp. kosher salt
Tossing the warm nuts in a warmed bowl helps the spiced butter coat the nuts evenly.

Position a rack in the center of the oven and heat the oven to 350°F. Scatter the nuts on a rimmed baking sheet and bake, shaking the sheet a couple of times during baking, until the nuts are nicely toasted, 10 to 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, set a small heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Sprinkle in the coriander and cumin and toast until aromatic, about 30 seconds. Remove the pan from the heat and add the butter, brown sugar, rosemary, and cayenne. Return the skillet to low heat and stir until the butter melts and the sugar dissolves, 2 to 2-1/2 minutes. Keep warm.

Tip the nuts into a large warmed bowl, pour the warm spiced butter over the nuts, and add the salt. Stir until the nuts are well coated. Taste for seasoning and add more salt if necessary. Let the nuts cool completely.

Make Ahead Tips

The nuts can be made up to a week in advance; store in an airtight container.


You can use any combination of unsalted nuts you like but avoid Brazil nuts; their high oil content makes the coating slide off of them.

nutrition information (per serving):
Size : per 1/4 cup, Calories (kcal): 190, Fat (kcal): 17, Fat Calories (g): 160, Saturated Fat (g): 3.5, Protein (g): 4, Monounsaturated Fat (g): 10, Carbohydrates (mg): 8, Polyunsaturated Fat (mg): 3.5, Sodium (g): 110, Cholesterol (g): 5, Fiber (g): 2,

Photo: Scott Phillips

Simple to make and very good. To make the recipe healthier and to accommodate a vegan family member, I used orange infused olive oil in place of butter, with excellent results (though I think the sugar and spices would probably adhere to the nuts better if I'd used butter). These nuts make a nice light nibble before a big holiday dinner. I served them on Thanksgiving and added a big handful of dried cranberries, festive and provided a nice salty/sweet combo.

These were delicious and very easy. My new go-to nut recipe.

These are delicious - am making another batch after a week. The ginger really adds to the flavor. Tks FC.

This is a great recipe. My in-laws rave about these nuts, and are disappointed when we vist without bringing them.

These are great. I made them for a group of ladies and everyone wanted the recipe. My neighbor gave them out as party favors in a nice canning jar after a party. I didn't get the sugar to dissolve, I hadn't read the instructions so I put the nuts with the the butter mixture back in the skillet, and that helped brown the nuts more and melt the butter. They were well coated and yummy.

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