Sweet and Spicy Rosemary Bar Nuts

Appetizers and Snacks, Entertaining, Kitchen Gifts | 6 comments

When you’re having a group of friends, or even just gathering as a family, over to watch sports you’ll want to keep any snacks simple. No need to go overboard, just a few things to much on while enjoying the game works best. Quick and easy snacks like these Sweet and Spicy Rosemary Bar Nuts are perfect for game day entertaining.

Sweet and Spicy Rosemary Bar Nuts

If you’d like, you can also use this recipe for Sweet and Spicy Rosemary Bar Nuts as a base for a other oven roasted mixed nuts or a trail mix type of snack.

Here are a few ideas to customize the recipe.

Customize Your Mixed Nuts

Mixed Nut Flavor Ideas

You can easily change of the flavors of this recipe by using different spices, sweeteners, and herbs (or omitting herbs). Try some of these ideas:

  • Cinnamon
  • Nutmeg
  • Ginger
  • Chili Powder
  • Chipotle Powder
  • Garam Masala
  • Honey
  • Molasses
  • Fresh Thyme

sweet and spicy rosemary mixed bar nuts

Mixed Nuts Mix in Ideas

You’ll want to add any extra ingredients after the toasting the nuts and tossing them with the sweet and spicy rosemary butter mixture. Ingredients like pretzels and popcorn can easily turn to a soggy mess if they are stirred into the melted butter.

  • Pretzels – salted, yogurt covered, or chocolate covered
  • Dried Fruits – plain or chocolate covered
  • Dried Shaved Coconut
  • Popcorn
  • Sesame Seeds
  • Chex Cereal
  • Dark Chocolate
  • Pumpkin Seeds
  • Granola

What are your favorite game day entertaining snacks?

Sweet and Spicy Rosemary Bar Nuts

Prep Time: 20 minutes

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4 1/2 cups assorted unsalted nuts, such as cashews, pecans, whole almonds, and macadamia nuts
1 tablespoon olive oil
4 tablespoons fresh rosemary leaves, coarsely chopped
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or more to taste
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1 tablespoon dark brown sugar
1 tablespoon maple syrup
2 teaspoons coarse salt, or to taste
1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a large bowl, combine all the nuts and olive oil and stir to mix. Then, spread evenly on a baking sheet (or two if necessary) and bake until warm and golden, about 10-15 minutes.

Spread nuts onto a baking sheet in an even layer. Toast until nuts are lightly golden brown and fragrant (stirring occasionally), approximately 10-15 minutes.

Combine the rosemary, cayenne, cumin, brown sugar, maple syrup, and melted butter in the large bowl. Add the warm nuts to the mixture and stir gently to coat. Spread the nuts onto the baking sheet and sprinkle evenly with the coarse sea salt.

I have partnered with Fisher Nuts and have been compensated for my time, but any opinions are my own.

Katie Goodman

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Katie’s lifelong interest in cooking good food has shown her that part of the goodness in life is enjoying delicious food with friends and family. She is: Mom. Writer. Photographer. Recipe Developer. Website Founder. Lover of all things good in life. A mix of great recipes, family memories, and yummy photography is what Katie serves up each week at GoodLife Eats™. Katie and her family reside in Colorado.

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  • 1
    Whitney @ The Newlywed Chefs - January 28, 2014 @ 7:25 pm

    Katie, this looks like the perfect recipe for the Super Bowl! I love rosemary and hope to make this recipe soon! Thanks for sharing.


  • 2
    Natalie @ Paper & Birch - February 03, 2014 @ 11:19 am

    Katie, I made these for the Super Bowl and they were such a hit! Much better recipe than the honey versions I’ve tried before. Thanks for sharing this!


  • 3
    Sherry - November 21, 2014 @ 1:16 pm

    This is ridiculously delicious! Thanks for sharing the recipe!


  • 4
    Stephanie @ Plain Chicken - January 21, 2015 @ 8:21 am

    These sound soooo good! Perfect for game day snacking.


  • 5
    Kristyn - August 27, 2015 @ 7:24 am

    Can these be prepared a day or two in advance?


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