union square cafe's bar nuts

Apparently some people go to the Union Square Cafe just for their bar nuts. I've never been, but found a recipe online and adjusted it a bit. Sweet, salty and spicy, I think these nuts would pair nicely with a cold beer on a hot summer day. You can find the original recipe here.

1 lb unsalted mixed nuts (I used cashews, almonds, walnuts and pecans)
2 tbsp fresh rosemary, coarsely chopped (I wouldn't substitute dry)
1 tsp cayenne
2 tbsp brown sugar
1 tsp kosher salt
2 tbsp melted butter

1. Preheat oven to 350. Place nuts on a sheet pan and roast in the oven for about 10 minutes or until golden brown.

2. In a large bowl, combine rosemary, cayenne, brown sugar, salt and melted butter.

3. Toss the warm nuts with the spiced butter. Serve warm.


  1. I'm so trying this. You know what might taste good too...substituting the rosemary for cajun or something equally firey. I LOVE your blog!

  2. Opps somehow my eyes skipped the cayenne (good thing I just got a prescription for glasses). This recipe sounds perfect indeed!

  3. Dad and I just made these and they are great! Easy and quick to make. I accidentally doubled the amount of cayenne pepper though so they are a bit much, we recommend that lots of beer be drunk with them. I had my doubts about the rosemary but it is really nice. We found Kosher salt in Cobourg but maybe they seem just a touch too salty? Unless I accidentally added too much of this too . . . hmmm. All in all excellent work V!