Cumin Cayenne Cashews – A Great Holiday Appetizer

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Looking for a great appetizer for the holidays? (or anytime for that matter!)  This is that recipe! A great entertaining strategy is to have a “go to” recipe you can make in advance, seems like something special, is very easy to make and everyone loves…

These Cumin Cayenne Cashews require just a few ingredients, minimal prep time, and only an hour in the oven.  A spicy, sweet & salty treat to enjoy with you favorite frosty beverage. They also make a nice “gift from the kitchen.” Serve them or gift them, but keep the recipe handy.  Most everyone who tastes these, asks for the recipe.

Cumin Cayenne Cashews – Great Holiday Cocktail Snack


  • 1 egg white
  • 1 pound salted roasted cashews
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 2 teaspoons coarse salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
  • Parchment paper


  • Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with sides with parchment paper.
  • In a medium bowl whisk egg white with 1 tablespoon water until foamy. Add cashews and toss to coat.Transfer the nuts to a strainer, shake and then let drain for at least 2 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, wipe out the bowl and then add the sugar, cumin, salt and cayenne and whisk to mix. Add the nuts and toss to coat thoroughly.
  • Spread nuts in a single layer on prepared baking sheet. Bake for 40 minutes. Stir with a spatula and spread nuts out again. Reduce the heat to 200 degrees and bake for 20-30 minutes more, or until dry.
  • Using a spatula loosen nuts from baking sheet. Let them cool to room temperature on the sheet.
  • Enjoy!


Adapted from Food & wine April 1991 recipe. Note - I have used this quantity of seasoning with an 8.5 ounce can of cashews which produces a more intensely flavored nut, with more coating. You may want to try them with the 1 pound of cashews the first time, to see whether you want to try this other variation.


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