Maple Rosemary Cayenne Roasted Nuts

Exploding with sweet maple, fragrant rosemary, and a tiny kiss of heat, these nuts are a go-to in our house. Enjoy them as an appetizer, a healthy snack on the go, or even on top of salads.


  • 0.5 c maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp bourbon
  • 1 tbsp fresh rosemary, incredibly finely chopped
  • 0.25 tsp cayenne
  • Heaping 3 c raw mixed nuts of choice
  • Heaping 0.5 tsp fleur de sel or other flaky sea salt


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 and line a large, rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a small saucepan over low heat, combine the maple syrup, bourbon, rosemary, and cayenne. Bring it to a boil, then reduce it to a low boil and keep it there for one minute. This will infuse the maple syrup with all of the other delicious flavors.
  3. Put your nuts into a large mixing bowl, then pour the infused maple syrup over them and mix well.
  4. Add the salt and mix again (adding the salt at the end prevents it from dissolving).
  5. Spread the nuts onto the prepared baking sheet, giving them as much space as possible so that they cook evenly and don't clump.
  6. Roast for ten minutes and then stir.
  7. Roast for another five minutes and stir again.
  8. Roast for another minute or two, stirring as needed, until the sugar on the outside of the nuts just barely starts to brown. Take them out a bit sooner than you think you need to since the sugar will keep browning on the hot baking sheet. Keep a very close eye on them at this stage!
  9. Cool your nuts completely on the sheet, then store them in a sealed container.