Union Square Cafe Bar Nuts

Lindsey McCue


I found this recipe in the Union Square Cafe cookbook last year. There are tons of different versions of it floating around but I thought I'd share mine with you!

I love these so much, they are so easy to make and have such a yummy buttery rosemary-infused, sweet, spicy, salty flavor. Extremely addicting!

They go great with cocktails and are just as wonderful served warm as they are cooled. Perfect little snack.

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At first glance these may look like normal nuts, but when you take your first bite you realize they are anything but normal! I'm a big fan of rosemary and spice, so these nuts were a real winner for me. When Lindsey says they're addicting she's not kidding! The Test Kitchen


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10 Min
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  • 2 c
    mixed nuts
  • 1 Tbsp
  • 2 Tbsp
    fresh rosemary chopped
  • 1/2 tsp
    cayenne pepper
  • 2 tsp
    brown sugar
  • 1 tsp
    kosher salt (if using salted nuts you can omit this)

How to Make Union Square Cafe Bar Nuts


  1. Pre heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Toast nuts on baking sheet until warm, lightly golden and fragrant, about 5 min.
  3. In a small sauce pan on med. to low heat combine butter, rosemary, cayenne pepper and brown sugar and stir until melted and thoroughly combine.
  4. In a large bowl toss warm nuts with hot butter mixture. Make sure to do this right away while everything is hot or it wont stick properly. Season with salt if using and toss to coat thoroughly.
  5. Serve warm.

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About Union Square Cafe Bar Nuts

Course/Dish: Nuts
Main Ingredient: Nuts
Regional Style: American
Dietary Needs: Vegetarian, Gluten-Free

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