Sweet & Spicy Rosemary Roasted Mixed Nuts
Sweet and spicy rosemary roasted mixed nuts. Sweet and crunchy, with a touch of spice and earthy rosemary flavor, these mixed nuts are the perfect holiday appetizer or gift for friends and neighbors.
I now firmly believe in miracles. I was just a part of what I can only call a holiday miracle. You are never going to believe this story.
I was at Costco, along with everyone other person in the entire universe, stocking up on some pantry essentials. I was trying to travel light, so I just brought in my Costco Amex, cell phone, and car keys. My keys have this carabiner clip that I can clip to the loop on my jeans and then tuck in to my pocket if I need to. But I was wearing yoga pants (hello, I just had a baby), so I clipped the keys to my shopping cart.
I went about my shopping. Got everything on my list. Checked out. Then loaded all the groceries in my car. After all that work, I decided I deserved a little treat, so I went back in Costco to get a churro. I sat down to eat it, and daydreamed for a few minutes. I got up to head back to my car, when the scariest realization hit me.
Oh! my! GOD!
I left my car keys clipped on to my grocery cart!!! I put my grocery cart back in the grocery cart line in the front of the store. That was like 10 minutes ago. My keys could be ANYWHERE!
No. no. no. no.
Cue panic sweats. How in the world am I going to find my keys? There were about a 300 people in Costco at that moment. Any one of them could have grabbed my grocery cart. This is going to be a nightmare. I got up, and slowly start walking towards the exit to see if somehow my grocery cart is still sitting outside.
As I am walking towards the exit, I glance to my left, and there is a guy who only got like 3 things headed out to the exit too. And guess what is clipped to his grocery cart? My car keys.
I just reached over, unclipped them, and said, “Oh thank GOD! These are my keys. I thought I had lost them!” Then I was on my merry way.
Please take a minute to take that in.
What are the chances that the one guy who grabbed the cart with my keys was just going in for 3 things? Nobody does that. If you’re going to Costco, you’re filling that cart up and it is going to take a while. And that he finished his shopping and checked out in the time it took me to eat a churro? And he happened to be walking right by me 30 seconds after I realized my keys were lost?
I don’t even want to think about what I would have done if I didn’t find them that easily. Walk around the store aimlessly looking at every grocery cart trying to find my keys? Stand by the exit for an hour looking at all the carts that walked by? It would have been miserable.
I told you. Holiday miracle.
I came home in the happiest mood. Wanting to spread my holiday cheer, I decided to cook up my favorite sweet & spicy rosemary roasted mixed nuts to give out to friends and neighbors. This mixed nuts are absolutely amazing! You are going to love the flavor. They get a crunchy and crackly coating of brown sugar, rosemary, salt and cayenne pepper. I love the way my house smells when these are cooking up in the oven. And they make a great change to the usual cookie or fudge you get during the holidays. Everyone loves mixed nuts!
And when it comes to mixed nuts, I always buy Planters. Their Deluxe Mixed Nuts are the very best. Is it just me, or when you’re giving a baked treat as a gift do you insist on buying the highest quality ingredients? I want to make sure what I’m giving out is as tasty as can be.
Don’t forget to put out the good stuff this holiday season! With their unique combination of good fats, dietary fiber, and vitamins and minerals, nuts make a deliciously powerful addition to any holiday festivity. Planters has been an American favorite for over 100 years. A gathering isn’t a party until Planters is served.
These sweet and spicy rosemary roasted mixed nuts are the perfect holiday appetizer. I only like mildly spicy foods, so I only use 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper in the mix. But if you like it spicier, feel free to add more!
The sweet and spicy combination is particularly delicious when paired with champagne. And since Josh came early, I’ll be able to ring in New Year’s with a glass of bubbly! And these mixed nuts of course.
Sweet & Spicy Rosemary Nuts
- 16 ounces raw, unsalted mixed nuts (about 4 cups)
- 4 tablespoons butter, melted
- 4 tablespoons fresh rosemary, chopped
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons course salt
- 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- In a preheated 350 degree oven, roast the nuts dry for 10 minutes.
- In a medium size mixing bowl, mix together the melted butter, rosemary, brown sugar, salt and cayenne pepper. Add in the warm nuts and toss to combine.
- Serve warm immediately, or leave at room temperature.
- Will keep in an airtight container for 1 week.
More Holiday Appetizers
Roasted Cranberry and Orange Crostini
This post is sponsored by Planters. All opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that support me!
17 Comments on “Sweet & Spicy Rosemary Roasted Mixed Nuts”
This is outrageously delicious!!! I can’t even wait for it to cool because I keep taking bites. My husband loves it too – this is a keeper!!!
I’m so glad to hear that Molly! They’re such yummy nuts. Perfect for a treat or on top of salads. Enjoy!
can i substitute brown sugar with sweetener? if yes, which kind/brand would taste good/no after taste for this recipe?
I would think so! You could either do a dark or light brown sugar of any brand. Let me know how it turns out!
Oh my gosh! I love that story! Totally a holiday miracle! These nuts are the perfect snack to celebrate with! Love the sweet and spicy combo!
you are one lucky lady! That is awesome. What a relief. I love Rosemary nuts! I made them a few years ago but I think it’s time to make them again. They look so good.
Cute story. I love Christmas miracles! The joy is all around us. Because God brings it in amazing ways
Fabulous nuts. Perfect to get the party going.
Merry Christmas friend!
Oh how I love when things just come together! I’m so glad you were not stuck looking for your keys! And this looks like a great way to celebrate! I think I have all the ingredients, I just have to make them!
Ooooooohhh!! Yesss!! A holiday miracle indeed! I love it when things like that happen! OMGee no doubt you would have been wondering around aimlessly in the sea of costco with all the other millions of people… looking, asking, wondering what your next move would be! HA! I LOL! What a relief! And now these roasted nuts… rosemary no less. It is such a warming and aromatic herb. I love it! Thank you for this my dear!! xo
I am SO glad you found your keys, Natalie! I would’ve been freaking out too. It was perfect timing and definitely a miracle! Hopefully you indulged in lots of these nuts afterwards. I love the combination of sweet and spicy. Just perfect!
These look so good – I love spiced nuts. Thank goodness you found your keys! I would have been freaking out!
Oh gosh, that is SO lucky that you got them back! I’m always so worried I’m going to lose my car keys and never find them again! LOL. And these nuts?? Gah, rosemary is my FAVORITE herb ever so these are right up my alley! Love the sweet ‘n’ spicy flavors!
OMG Natalie! I would have cried haha. I’m pretty sure I’m the only person (in my Costco) that goes in for 3 things .. I hate navigating through there with those massive carts! I basically go on a weekly basis just to avoid needing a cart! I usually make Kyle go with me when a cart is needed ;) These mixed nuts look so tasty! I love giving homemade gifts like this for the holidays – they are always so appreciated. :)
I love this story, Natalie — it really was a holiday miracle! Looking for your keys would’ve been like looking for a needle in a haystack! I’m so glad that worked out for you so well, and you’re so nice to share these nuts with us — they look amazing and I love the rosemary!