Warm Spiced Cashews

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Warm Spiced CashewsRecipe

Photo: Jennifer Causey; Styling: Missie Neville Crawford

Chinese five-spice powder lends a distinct toastiness to these sweet and savory nuts. They're perfect to whip up as a quick, make-ahead, crowd-pleasing appetizer for holiday entertaining.

Serves 6 (serving size: about 3 tablespoons)


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2 teaspoons peanut oil
2 teaspoons dark brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon five-spice powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
2 teaspoons water
1 cup roasted, unsalted cashews
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt


1. Preheat oven to 350°. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.

2. Heat peanut oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add brown sugar, five-spice powder, cumin, black pepper, red pepper, and water to pan. Stir until sugar dissolves and mixture begins bubbling. Add cashews to pan; cook 2 minutes or until well coated, stirring constantly.

3. Spread cashews evenly on prepared baking sheet, using 2 forks to separate them and leaving as much room as possible between nuts. Sprinkle nuts evenly with salt. Bake at 350° for 7 minutes or until fragrant. Cool slightly on pan before serving.

Created date

September 2015

Nutritional Information

Calories 152
Fat 12.2 g
Satfat 2.4 g
Monofat 6.9 g
Polyfat 2.3 g
Protein 4 g
Carbohydrate 9 g
Fiber 1 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Iron 2 mg
Sodium 164 mg
Calcium 15 mg