Nuts to Christmas…Or Rather, Rosemary-Roasted Nuts for Christmas


I’ve been told that a recipe would not be inappropriate as a contribution to the Advent Blog, especially in this happy season of fellowship and gift-giving. So what follows is a pretty swell recipe for rosemary-roasted nuts that is regularly requested by my friends.

I’m almost certain that if the Wise Men from the East could do it all over again, these nuts would be included with the gold, frankincense and myrrh.

Credit should be given to Ina Garten (the “Barefoot Contessa”) as the original recipe is hers with a few tweaks of my own.


1-1/4 pounds unsalted, raw mixed nuts (e.g. cashews, pecans, walnuts, peanuts)

2 TBS finely chopped fresh rosemary leaves

1/2 tsp cayenne

2 TBS brown sugar

2 tsp kosher salt

1 TBS melted butter


Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spread the raw nuts on an ungreased baking sheet and bake for about 10-12 minutes total (stir halfway through at 5 mins. to evenly brown).

While nuts are roasting, combine the rosemary, cayenne pepper, brown sugar, salt and butter in a large bowl – the mixture should look like wet sand.

Remove the nuts from the oven and immediately toss in the bowl with the rosemary/sugar mixture until the nuts are completely coated (the heat will melt the mixture). Spread on the baking sheet in a single layer to cool.

Shared by Don Piper

Published by marciedoll

I have enjoyed working for over 20 years in the education and publishing spaces creating accessible learning environments for all students. My teaching experiences led me into supporting schools in need of improvement and creating and delivering professional development to teachers and leaders. And then I moved into selling educational materials, programs, technology, and services. Most recently, I have been developing content for innovative learning programs in K-12 and museum spaces. For the past 17 years serving on the board of the Collegiate Corporation, I have led initiatives in women's leadership, stewardship, development, virtual strategy, and educational programs for youth and families. Outside of the learning and non-profit spaces, I enjoy blogging about faith and inspiring women. I have a passion for travel, where you might find me exploring national parks, museums, and finding the best local restaurant to eat. I capture my adventures digitally with my camera. My photography has appeared in exhibitions throughout Europe and Australia in 2019 and 2020, on television in the United States, and was chosen from over 100,000 entries to appear in a well-known photography magazine.

2 thoughts on “Nuts to Christmas…Or Rather, Rosemary-Roasted Nuts for Christmas

  1. Don, this really sounds decadent and fabulous! As a kid, brown sugar and butter were my idea of the most nourishing foods! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

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