Sweet and Spicy Rosemary Bar Nuts

Sweet and Spicy Rosemary Bar Nuts make a great savory, salty, crunchy snack that is simple to make!

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

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Customize Your Mixed 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.

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

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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


I’ll tell you how to make sweet and spicy rosemary bar nuts below in the recipe, but just in case you are looking for some more game day recipe ideas to go along with this bar nuts recipe, check out some of these tasty links:

Roasted Red Pepper Hummus goes great with a veggie tray.

If you’re serving burgers or sliders, these Tex-Mex Oven Fries are a must-make.

Can’t decide if you want Pizza or Easy Nachos? Have both with this Easy Black Bean Mexican Pizza.

Still need more game day appetizer ideas? Look no further than this list of 20 Tasty Super Bowl Snack Recipes.

You can’t go wrong with the amazing flavor profile of this Caramelized Onion Bacon Blue Cheese Dip.

Strawberry Mango Salsa and Easy Cinnamon Sugar Chips is perfect for something fresh and healthy (but still tasty!). Try it!

It isn’t game day without guacamole.  Roasted Salsa Verde and Tomatillo Guacamole or Deconstructed Guacamole will both be a hit.

What are your favorite game day entertaining snacks?

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Sweet and Spicy Rosemary Bar Nuts

Prep Time:20 minutes


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.

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