These easy honey roasted cashew nuts are perfect for snacking on and are especially good to make around Christmas time. They make delicious party food, snacks or even edible gifts.
There is nothing more tempting than a bowl of roasted nuts on the table so when I was given two gorgeous jars of honey, I knew straightaway what I wanted to make: Honey Roasted Cashew Nuts.
With Christmas just around the corner and the weather turning colder, snacking on a handful of nuts is so much more appealing than eating a few grapes, as nice as that may be!
When I first made these honey roasted cashew nuts, I used flavoured honey but the flavour was very subtle. I now like to use a good quality plain honey. After all, honey roasted nus are so tempting that you really don't need to jazz them up with extra flavours! Although I will give a few tips further down the page just in case you want to.
Honey roasted nuts are obligatory in our house at Christmas time and until a few years ago I had always bought them.
If they're something you always buy too then let me tell you just how easy it is to make them instead. I also love to make these easy caramelised pecans which are just as popular.
What ingredients are in these honey roasted cashew nuts?
These honey roasted nuts are super simple to make. You just need 4 ingredients. They are honey, cashew nuts, butter and salt. Even the salt is optional!
How do you make Honey Roasted Cashew Nuts
Just melt the butter and and honey together. You can either do that in a small saucepan or in the microwave.
Then stir the cashew nuts into the melted butter and honey mixture. Stir to coat them well.
Cover a baking tray with a layer of aluminium foil. Spread the nuts out in a single layer and bake for about 10 minutes. Give them a stir half way through to help stop them burning.
You need to keep an eye on the nuts as they are roasting as they can go from ready to burnt very quickly!
Sprinkle the salt on when you take them out of the oven.
Do you have to add salt to the cashew nuts?
The salt is totally optional and if you are making these for children you may want to miss it out. I find a light sprinkling of salt brings out the flavour and makes the nuts even more moreish!
Can you add any extra flavours?
If you want to try adding extra flavours then add a little cinnamon, mixed spice or ginger to the honey and butter. It will add a subtle hint of spice!
If you can get hold of some then try making these roasted nuts with flavoured honey. You can get amazing flavoured honey these days. Ginger and cinnamon honey are great for making these nuts but you can also get chilli flavoured honey which I think would be amazing too!
How to stop honey roasted nuts from being too sticky?
When you first take these out of the oven they will seem very sticky but the honey will harden as they cool. They may still be a tiny bit sticky. If there is a lot of honey on the kitchen foil then I put the nuts onto a separate tray to fully cool.
Another way of stopping the nuts from being too sticky is to add a sprinkling of sugar as well as the salt. I don't usually do this though as I think they are sweet enough.
How long do these nuts stay fresh?
After roasting the nuts they should keep fresh for up to 2 weeks in an airtight container at room temperature. You can store them in the fridge to make them last a bit longer or even freeze them for up to three months.
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Honey Roasted Cashew Nuts
- 20 g butter
- 30 g Honey
- 250 g cashew nuts
- Freshly ground sea salt
- Put the butter and honey in a bowl and heat in the microwave until melted.
- Stir the cashew nuts into the honey and butter mixture.
- Put the cashew nuts onto a baking tray lined with aluminium foil.
- Bake in the oven at 180C for about 10 minutes until they are golden brown. Stir half-way through. They may need a couple more minutes. Be careful as they can very quickly burn.
- Sprinkle the salt onto the nuts. Leave them to cool.
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Places I'm sharing these honey roasted cashew nuts
Cook Blog Share at Glutarama
What a great gift idea... that's if they make it to the receiver as I know I'd be so tempted to eat them all! xx
Oh yes, you'd have to make a big batch just to make sure!
Jacqui – Recipes Made Easy:Only Crumbs Remain
Love honey-roasted nuts and they are all the more delicious when you make them your selves. These look totally yummy I want to reach in a grab a handful
Thanks Jacqui! I'm so pleased you like them. I find them totally addictive too!
Eb Gargano | Easy Peasy Foodie
Love cashews - and I can only imagine they are even tastier roasted with butter and honey (I mean, how could you go wrong with that combo?) Eb 🙂
Exactly! I wish I had some of these left - I'll just have to make some more!
Cat | Curly's Cooking
Ooh these sound delicious! I don't eat too many nuts but cashews are ones I do like and these sound so good!
Thanks Cat! I love nuts and cashews are one of my favourites!
JOANNA - TASTEBOTANICAL
These are definitely on my list to make for Christmas (if not before). I love cashews and honey roasted ones are even better. I am a bit of a chilli addict so would probably add a bit of heat too!
That would be delicious too! I love spicy nuts but I haven't experimented yet with making these ones spicy.
Fabulous idea for a gift, but I think I'd have difficulty not eating them all myself!
Oh yes, that is difficult!
Rebecca - Glutarama
Who knew these were so simple to make! Stroke of genius and way better than the shop bought ones I'd imagine, going to give these a go for Christmas.
I hope you like them! I love roasting my own nuts at Christmas time.
Kat (The Baking Explorer)
Wow they sound moreish indeed!
They really are! I found it very hard to stop eating them!
Midge @ Peachicks' Bakery
I will definitely be making a batch or few of these, nothing better to snack on than honey roasted cashews! Pinned for later 🙂
Thanks Midge! I hope you all like them. I find them totally addictive.
Ooh, what a fabulous recipe. I am absolutely going to try this. I've never even had honey roasted nuts before, but I know I'm going to love them.
Oh yes, I'm sure you'll love them! I find it hard to stop eating them once I start!
I've never had great success glazing nuts but I've always done it in a pan so maybe that's where I'm going wrong! I'll have to try your oven method as these look perfect!
I hope it works for you!
These are one of my fav foods! I’ve never tried making them before. I’ll have to give them a go.
They're so easy Hannah! I hope you like them.
Honest Mum (@HonestMummy)
Husband would love these (I can't eat nuts) Thanks for linking up to #tastytuesdays
Such a shame you can't enjoy them! I'm like that about shellfish unfortunately.
Got halfway through reading this and had to go into the kitchen to get some cashew nuts to nibble on. Sadly mine just have a bit of salt and no honey, yours sound nicer 🙂
It's always nice to make someone hungry!
Oh I'm so happy to have seen these, I always make some kind of spiced or coated nuts for gifts and these look PERFECT! I may have to taste test some before giving away though... Just a few 😉
PS These would be perfect to link up to the FestiveFoodFriday linky over on my blog if you fancy joining in. This week's is live until Tuesday night 🙂
I'm so glad you like them - taste testing is obligatory too! Thanks for letting me know about the Festive Food Friday Linky. I'll try and join in over the next few weeks too.
Dragons And Fairy Dust
oooh these are one of my favourites but never tried to make them myself. I really must now
They're so easy to make. I'm sure you won't regret having a go!
I love honey roasted nuts but have never tried roasting them myself. I bet that they are so much better than shop bought ones too. Thank you for sharing with #CookBlogShare x
Thank you. They are so much better! I am definitely going to be making them again for Christmas.
They look absolutely divine. If only my husband wasn't allergic to cashews and peanuts! x
That's such a shame!
Rebecca @ AAUBlog
yum! They sound lovely - I love cashews. Lovely snack to have in the house #tastytuesday
I'm glad you like them!
Interesting brand of honey, will have to look into this as I am a honey fanatic!
And I like that you made this at home, definitely will give it a try as I am trying to stay away from baking too much over the holidays, but always am tempted to make something at home, thanks for sharing 🙂
I hope you like them. I am going to make them again for Christmas so really hope all my in-laws like them as much as we did!
Sonali- The Foodie Physician
So simple and delicious! Such a perfect snack to serve at the holidays! I love your bowls 🙂
Wow! What a beautiful recipe and so perfect to wrap up and give as edible gifts this holiday season :). Happy Thanksgiving!
Thank you and Happy Thanksgiving to you too!