Holiday Cooking: Spiced Nuts


This recipe is an adaptation of one created by the fabulous Ina Garten. I’ve added thyme and chose to use a variety of nuts instead of just cashews. It’s perfect for serving at holiday cocktail parties, and also makes a great gift for teachers or friends.


  • 1 cup unsalted cashew nuts
  • 1 cup unsalted walnuts
  • 1 cup unsalted almonds
  • 1 cup unsalted pecans
  • 2 tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh rosemary leaves
  • 1 tablespoon coarsely chopped fresh thyme leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
  • 2 teaspoons dark brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Place the nuts on a cookie sheet and bake for 10 minutes.
  3. While the nuts cook combine the other ingredients in a large bowl and stir until evenly combined.
  4. Add toasted nuts to the bowl and mix well.
  5. Serve warm.



  1. Brenda Gregory says:

    Lindley, Such a beautiful letter to your son, John. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family! Best, Brenda

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