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Snacks are critical year-round in our home. They sustain me while I wait for dinner, satisfy mid-afternoon cravings, and are always the hit of a party. Especially if I’m serving these sweet and smoky Honey Roasted Cashews.

Easy honey roasted cashews

Buttery cashews with sweet, sticky honey coating make a hopelessly addicting combination. This is the kind of snack you can’t stop reaching for “just one more” of again and again.

Add a finishing sprinkle of fresh rosemary, and these cashews are instantly elevated to snack royalty.

These honey roasted cashews are exceptionally easy to make, taste gourmet, and can last in your pantry for several weeks. Not that we’ve ever been able to keep them around that long.

With only a handful of simple ingredients and 20 minutes, you can have these scrumptious cashews ready to serve at a moment’s notice.

Need a last-minute, thoughtful gift idea? Honey roasted cashews also make a beautiful and delicious gift for anyone on your list.

Honey roasted cashews with rosemary

5 Star Review

“I had some leftover nuts saved in the freezer from holiday baking…got those babies out and whipped this recipe right up! Total crowd pleaser! So easy and so tasty.”

— Leah —

How to Make Honey Roasted Cashews

Not only are these honey roasted cashews a tasty addition to your party spread, but they’re also a reasonably nutritious snack. With protein, fiber, and heart-healthy fats, honey roasted cashews are healthy (especially when compared with other common party snacks!).

The trick is moderation…which I am not going to lie, is hard to follow here. You’ve been warned!

In fact, this recipe is so quick and scrumptious, you’ll never want to reach for the store-bought kind (sorry, Planters) again.

The Ingredients

  • Cashews. While mild raw, once they are roasted cashews possess an appealing nutty flavor, buttery texture, and addictive crunch that make them the ideal candidate for a crowd-pleasing party snack. They pair perfectly with honey and a the smoky-spicy spice mixture we’re adding here.
  • Honey. Once coated in honey, the cashews glisten with sweet, golden goodness. The honey caramelizes in the oven, giving the nuts an almost candy-like crunch.
  • Spices. Kosher salt, cayenne pepper, and smoked paprika are the perfect combination. The smokiness is subtle and the cayenne throws a surprise little kick at the end. The result is a salty-sweet-spicy-smoky blend that, when tossed and roasted with buttery cashews, creates an irresistible nutty munchie. If you prefer a non-spicy honey roasted cashews recipe, you can omit the cayenne.
  • Fresh Rosemary. I love adding fresh rosemary to these roasted cashews. It gives them a little extra somethin’ somethin’ and makes them look especially elegant.

The Directions

Honey and spices in a bowl
  1. Whisk together the honey, oil, and spices.
Nuts being stirred in a bowl
  1. Fold in the cashews. Stir in part of the rosemary.
Cashews on a baking sheet
  1. Arrange the cashews in a single layer on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake for 13 to 18 minutes at 350 degrees F. Toss the nuts every 5 minutes.
A baking sheet with honey roasted cashews and spices
  1. Add a pinch of salt and the remaining rosemary, then toss. DIG IN!


You do need to roast cashews for this recipe to taste its best. Raw cashews won’t create the same rich flavor profile, and the honey won’t caramelize properly.

Honey roasted cashews on a plate

Honey Roasted Cashews Storage Tips

  • To Store. Store cashews in an airtight storage container at room temperature for 2 to 3 weeks. 
  • To Freeze. Freeze leftovers in an airtight freezer-safe storage container for up to 3 months. Let thaw at room temperature before serving. 

Gifting Honey Roasted Cashews

Make honey roasted cashews in bulk for an easy and tasty holiday gift or a homemade hostess gift! Divide the cashews between glass jars (or similar containers). Cover each jar tightly with a lid, and finish each one with a festive ribbon and gift tag

What to Serve with Roasted Cashews

Complete your party snack spread with these other tasty ideas.

A plate of honey roasted cashews

Recommended Tools to Make this Recipe

  • Baking Sheet. Make roasted nuts anytime with this baking sheet.
  • Mixing Bowls. This set of mixing bowls is both useful and practical.
  • Whisk. This small-sized whisk is incredibly easy to use.

Honey Roasted Cashews

4.84 from 18 votes
Honey Roasted Cashews are sweet, salty, a little smokey, and absolutely addictive. This easy recipe is a perfect party appetizer and makes a great gift.

Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 12 minutes
Total: 20 minutes

Servings: 8 servings (2 cups)



  • Place a rack in the center of oven and preheat to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the honey, oil, paprika, salt, and cayenne.
  • Add the cashews and with a rubber spatula, fold gently until all of the cashews are evenly coated. Add 1 teaspoon of the rosemary and fold again.
  • Spread the nuts into a single layer on the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 13 to 18 minutes, tossing the nuts every 5 minutes to ensure they cooked evenly. DO NOT WALK AWAY as they nuts can easily burn. Check frequently starting at the 10-minute mark. The nuts should look glazed and golden brown and smell deeply toasted.
  • Remove from oven and immediately sprinkle with a few extra pinches of kosher salt and the remaining 1 teaspoon rosemary. Toss again to combine.
  • Serve the nuts warm, or let cool and serve at room temperature. Break the nuts apart if they stick together. Enjoy!


  • TO STORE: Place cashews in an airtight storage container at room temperature for up to 1 week. 
  • TO FREEZE: Freeze leftovers in an airtight freezer-safe storage container for up to 3 months. Let thaw at room temperature. 


Serving: 1(of 8); about 1/4 cupCalories: 220kcalCarbohydrates: 19gProtein: 6gFat: 15gSaturated Fat: 3gPotassium: 218mgFiber: 1gSugar: 11gVitamin A: 75IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 12mgIron: 2mg

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Hi, I'm Erin Clarke, and I'm fearlessly dedicated to making healthy food that's affordable, easy-to-make, and best of all DELISH. I'm the author and recipe developer here at and of The Well Plated Cookbook. I adore both sweets and veggies, and I am on a mission to save you time and dishes. WELCOME!

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  1. These look delicious Erin! I am a huge fan of glazed and roasted nuts, it’s actually dangerous if I make them as I could definitely crunch through the whole batch… good thing I have a husband who will fight me for them :) Thanks for the gorgeous recipe, wishing you and Ben a very merry Christmas! xx

  2. well you can have the Brazillian nuts while I will be looking out for the hazelnuts variety. This looks so addicting, esp with that smoked paprika. Have a great time with the family :)

  3. Oh wow that is definitely something I know I would love. Definitely need to give these a try! Thanks for sharing and Happy Holidays :)

    Happy Blogging!
    Happy Valley Chow

    1. Whooo hooo! Glad I struck a good note on your app line up Liz. Have a very happy holiday with family and friends!

  4. I love brazil nuts as well, but I’m sure I’d like these cashews 324839048 times better. They look addictive!
    Enjoy your time with your family and loved ones! x

  5. I’m totally doing as advised… eating by the generous handful!!!
    Sending warm wishes from San Diego to you and your family. Hope you have a wonderful Christmas!5 stars

  6. I love cashews! When I was younger my mother had to try and hide the tin so I wouldn’t eat all of them!

    {Teffy’s Perks} X

  7. These look awesome Erin! I love snacking on roasted nuts and these cashews sound fantastic with honey mustard! Hope you had a wonderful holiday with your family and Happy New Year!

  8. You are hilarious!!! The bedazzler!!! I just cracked up!!! And for some reason, I can’t say ‘bedazzler’ without doing jazz hands …
    Mmmmmm these look amazing!! I can’t wait to make these!! I love snacking on almonds, walnuts, peanuts, and yes – cashews! I usually just like a little sea salt – but this takes it to a whole new level!! The heat from the cayenne paired with the sweet honey – I want to eat them now! I don’t even want to wait the 25 minutes to make these! (I should also note, I’m totally not hungry – we just finished dinner! But these sound sooo good!) Pinning!!

  9. My hubs and his buddies are down in the basement playing some friendly poker! I remember you had posted this recipe and stored it away in my memory bank. I had some leftover nuts saved in the freezer from holiday baking…got those babies out and whipped this recipe right up! Total crowd pleaser! So easy and so tasty. The honey makes for a unique candy crunch. Thanks for sharing!5 stars

    1. Leah, I’m so pumped that you tried (and loved!) these recipe! Aren’t those cashews just the most deadly delicious things? I think you just solidified your basement as the favorite place for game night. Where yummy food is made, boys follow, lol. Thank you so much for taking time to share your review. Makes my day!

  10. My Christmas present to my husband, I know I’m cheap. But he’ll gobble them up and I don’t have to worry about him putting on too much weight.5 stars

    1. Christine, I think edible gifts are some of the best, especially if they are homemade with love. I hope your husband loves them, and that he shares too :-)

  11. Hi! How would I change the recipe to accommodate roasted cashews? That’s what we have in the pantry right now. The recipe looks amazing! I can’t wait to try it.

    1. Hi Tapti! I’ve only tested the recipe as written, so I can’t say for certain how it would turn out. I’m afraid using roasted nuts will result in them burning more easily. If you decide to play around with it, I’d love to hear how it goes!

  12. Love them! Working on my fourth batch. I have been thinning the coating with water by 20 percent, in an attempt to keep the cashews from sticking together in the storage jar.5 stars

  13. Best roasted cashew recipe I have ever made! Absolutely delicious. Perfect blend of spices and fresh herb to go along with the honey! . I drizzled some olive oil on bottom of my pan before spreading my cashews into pan, just to prevent any sticking during roasting. The taste of the roasted rosemary is heavenly in these cashews. Amazing!5 stars

  14. I have made these twice, the flavor is delicious. However mine did not stay hard. Maybe it was too humid, I am not sure. I will give them another try. Any suggestions what I may be doing wrong?4 stars

    1. Hi! Am I understanding that they weren’t crunchy? Make sure you are coating the cashews well with the honey, don’t skimp, this is what helps with that candy like crunch. Also they might of needed an extra minute or two. Glad you enjoyed them!

    1. Emily, that makes me nervous b/c I fear the texture of the honey will change. I’d probably enjoy some now, then more at Xmas.