Cocktail Eats – Spiced Nuts


This is one fast, simple snack that is perfect for munching while your guests sip the night away. A bit of sugar make these nuts a bit sweet, while cayenne pepper gives them a bite.


  • 1 pound mixed nuts (any combo of cashews, almonds, peanuts, pistachios, etc.)
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp kosher or sea salt
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 ½ tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp rosemary
  • ½ tsp cayenne pepper


Preheat oven to 350*F.

Place the nuts in the center of a baking sheet, pour oil over nuts, then add the rest of the ingredients. Mix the nuts oil and spices well and then spread evenly over the baking sheet. Roast the nuts for about 10 minutes, stirring several times. After removing the nuts from the oven, cool them on racks or paper towels to get rid of the the oil. Once the nuts are cool they are ready serve.

You can also add other spices such as cumin, thyme or fresh ground pepper. You can make the nuts up to a week in advance , they will stay fresh in an air tight container.