Spicy Rum and Rosemary Mixed Nuts
These rosemary nuts are sweet, smoky, and a little bit spicy. They're perfect around the holidays for snacking, gifting, and decorating your favorite cake. They're easy to make, and they're ready in just 55 minutes!
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Leave it to a bit of rum, butter, and brown sugar to transform simple nuts into an irresistible snack! These mixed nuts are sweet, salty, a little bit spicy, and infused with fresh rosemary flavor.
With a few simple ingredients, they're easy to make and much healthier than any candied nut you can buy at the store. If you like Trader Joe's rosemary nuts, you'll love these homemade ones.
To make them, all you have to do is make a rum sauce by reducing the rum in a pan, then add in the other sauce ingredients. Toss the nuts in the rum sauce and then bake them until they're fragrant. That's it!
There are so many ways to use them. They're the perfect party snack, they're great for gifting, and they're a tasty addition to holiday cheese boards!
Rosemary spiced nuts ingredients
You only need six simple ingredients to make these rosemary mixed nuts. Here's everything you need:
- Mixed nuts – you can buy pre-mixed nuts, or make your own. We use one cup each of walnuts, almonds, cashews, and pecans but feel free to mix and match your favorites!
- Dark rum – a little rum gives these nuts sweetness and lots of flavor.
- Brown sugar – for that sweet candied nut effect.
- Butter – adds richness and helps unlock the nutty flavor.
- Fresh rosemary – rosemary is very aromatic with piney and peppery notes. It makes these nuts taste like Christmas!
- Sea salt and chili flakes – make 'em a little salty and a little spicy (you can omit the chili flakes if you prefer).
How to make rosemary nuts
These roasted nuts with rosemary are perfect for snacking and gifting around the holidays. They're super easy to make, and they'll keep for a couple of weeks on your counter! Here's how we make them in a few simple steps:
- While your oven preheats, mix the nuts together in a bowl.
- Simmer the rum on the stove to reduce it, then add the brown sugar, butter, rosemary, salt, and chili flakes.
- Toss the nuts in the rum syrup, spread them on a baking sheet, and bake them until they're fragrant (stirring halfway through). Allow them to cool completely before storing them in a jar.
Full recipe instructions are in the recipe card below.
These rosemary roasted nuts will keep on the counter in a sealed jar or container for several weeks.
You can make them using grape juice, cranberry juice, or pomegranate juice. They will taste different, but still delicious. Reduce the juice on the stove in the same way as the rum.
Yes! Candied nuts freeze beautifully. Store them in an airtight container for up to 2 months and thaw at room temperature before eating them.
Ways to use rosemary nuts
These rosemary mixed nuts make a great snack through the winter months, especially around the holidays. We love snacking on them by the handful, but you can also use them in so many different ways! Here are some of our favorite ways to use them:
- Give them away as a gift
- Sprinkle them on your salad
- Use them to decorate a cake or pie
- Add them to a cheese board
- Travel with them, or take them on a hike
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Spicy Rum and Rosemary Mixed Nuts
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- 4 cups mixed nuts, see notes
- ½ cup dark rum
- 3 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 2 teaspoons minced dried rosemary, or 4 teaspoons fresh rosemary
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- ½ teaspoon chili flakes
- Preheat your oven to 300 degrees. Line rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Mix the nuts in a large bowl.4 cups mixed nuts
- Add the rum to a small frying pan over medium-high heat. Bring it to a boil then continue to boil until it reduces to about 2 tablespoons then remove it from the heat. Add the brown sugar, butter, rosemary, salt, and chili flakes then return the pan to the heat and let it boil for 1 minute more.½ cup dark rum, 3 tablespoons brown sugar, 2 teaspoons minced dried rosemary, 1 teaspoon sea salt, ½ teaspoon chili flakes, 1 tablespoon butter
- Pour the rum rosemary syrup over the nuts and toss until they are well-coated. Spread them out on the baking sheet in a single layer then bake for 25-30 minutes, or until they are golden brown and very fragrant. Stir the nuts halfway through baking.
This recipe is part of our Healthy Super Bowl Recipes series.