My mother in-law gave me this recipe many years ago and it has become one of my favorites to make, nibble on, and share. The combination of fresh rosemary, cumin and cayenne pepper gives each bite a depth of flavor that is irresistible.
Below are the directions for one recipe but trust me, you will want to double or even triple it! Feel free to use any combination of raw nuts that you like most by trying cashews, walnuts, pecans, almonds, peanuts or any of your own favorites. Fill a ceramic dish, wrap it with cellophane and this tasty snack becomes the perfect hostess gift! Enjoy!
Preheat an oven to 300°F.
Place nuts in a bowl and stir to mix.
Pour oil into a small, heavy saucepan and place over medium-low heat until warm.
Add the rosemary and stir the mixture for about 1 minute.
Pour the flavored oil over the nuts and stir to coat all the nuts.
In a separate small bowl, stir together the sugar, cumin, salt, black pepper and cayenne pepper.
Add the sugar mixture to the nuts and stir to coat all the nuts.
Pour the nuts onto a rimmed baking pan. Use a large jelly roll pan if you have doubled the recipe.
Bake for 10 minutes and then toss the nuts with a spatula and then shake the pan again to make sure the nuts are in a single layer and bake for an additional 10 minutes.
Remove from the oven and let cool completely.
Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 4 days.