Rosemary Cashews Recipe – a’la My Soulful Home

I needed quick easy nibbles to bring to a cocktail party.

A foodie friend suggested Ina Garten’s Rosemary Roasted Cashews.

Checked out the recipe…Ina lifted that one (with full credit) from the Union Square Cafe’.

A spot where I downed many a handful of those same nuts back in my NYC days.  Those nuts were good and dinner there was expensive, so I’d have another handful!

I always wanted more…more nuts yes, but also more good stuff on those nuts.

So here is my tweaked ( better, if I do say so myself ) version of the Union Square Cafe’ Rosemary Roasted Cashews.

Funny how life circles back around…

I never would have guessed while chomping on those nuts, in my lawyer suit after work in NYC, that one day I would be blogging about tweaking the recipe in my PJ’s from my house in Cali.  Who knew?!

On to the nuts:


  • 1.5 lbs roasted unsalted cashews
  • 2 TB spoons brown sugar
  • 2 TB spoons sea salt ~ (Maldon is my choice)
  • 1 TB butter
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 TB chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 light swirl of olive oil


  • Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees
  • spread nuts on a baking pan & warm for 5 minutes
  • in a large bowl mix sugar, salt, pepper
  • add warmed nuts to bowl
  • add butter to the bowl & gently stir coating
  • add chopped rosemary
  • add light swirl of olive oil
  • gently stir & let cool

These are so delicious with lots of sweet, savory, rosemary & a little kick in each bite!

Four important tips:

  • Do not over bake the cashews – just warm them.
  • to “chop” the rosemary hold a sprig over the bowl & cut with a scissor cutting closer to the wood stem each time.
  • let the mixture sit overnight in an air tight container – melding is good!
  • do not even bother making these with out FRESH rosemary, ok?


Rosemary cashews are a great cocktail party nibble or a lovely hostess gift when presented in a little jar.  I just filled one up, topped with some craft paper, string & a bit of fresh rosemary.  Sweet, huh?

You have any little taste sensations to share?

** Kelly **




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  1. Dana Fulton says

    These look AWESOME, Kelly! Cashews are my favorites. When I was a girl in Kansas there was a store on Main Street called The Emporium. Really cool, hippie place. They had one of those great old nut roasting machines and would always have fresh,warmly roasted cashews that you could buy by weight. I would get a dollars worth in a paper bag and relish them all afternoon. Sweet memories. Thank you for helping me recall them. I will definitely try this recipe! Here’s to a great weekend!

    • says

      What a wonderful memory & a vivid retelling. I felt like I was there sharing your bag with you Dana!