FFwD: Sweet and Spicy Cocktail Nuts

This month’s Dorie recipes follow the same plan as last month: they give us all four recipes and let us choose when to make them. I picked the cocktail nuts first. I had visions of Dixie’s Rosemary Cashews, but these are really nothing like those. The only troubling thing about the recipe was the requirement to place all the spice covered nuts on the baking sheet one by one. I’ll admit that I just dumped the mixture on the pan, but I compensated for it by stirring them twice while they were baking.

The first time I made these I didn’t have any cayenne, so they were missing the kick. My husband wasn’t super impressed at first, but he kept going backĀ for more! The second batch turned out way better. As a side note, don’t use a Silpat, the whole thing is a little hard to clean. The second time I used parchment and just tossed it in the trash when I was done.

I have to say, this is a very tasty and very easy recipe. It’s the perfect thing for this time of year when you might have unexpected guests stopping by, or a husband who’s a little peckish after work!

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11 Comments

  1. Your nuts look great. I’m looking forward to making these. Thanks for the tips.

  2. Love your photo…so holiday’ish! I used the silpat and didn’t really have any trouble. I also refused to pick the nuts out one by one!! Turned out really good anyway.

  3. Oooh, I’ll have to remember that stirring trick. I pretty much dumped mine on the pan, but ended up with a giant dark puddle! :)

  4. The one by one nut things was a drag for sure. I agree about the silpat as well. Still, I will be making more of these in just a few minutes because the first batch didn’t last very long!
    Trevor Sis. Boom.

  5. I was wondering how these would taste if I didn’t include cayenne, seeing as I don’t have any in my cupboard either. Glad your husband still enjoyed them!

  6. Well, I am determined not to separate the nuts one by one. If I can manage to avoid that and the gloppy mess by stirring a couple of times while baking, you are my hero:)
    I am so looking forward to making them now. Simplicity rules!

  7. I used parchment paper – it really helped avoid a mess. Love your photo.

  8. Thanks for the tip…I had planned to use Silpat…but will go with parchment. Your nuts look really great.

  9. julie

     /  December 6, 2010

    Looks awesome–did you make the cute little bag too?

  10. No, the bag was a leftover from the after Christmas sales!

  11. andrea

     /  December 7, 2010

    Just tried these. They are so simple and really quite good. Thanks for the parchmant suggestion,

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