Sweet and Spicy Gourmet Nut Mix

Love Nuts (Gourmet Glazed Nuts with Rosemary and Cranberry)

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Love Nuts

almonds, pecans, cashews, walnuts

Who doesn’t love nuts?  Crunch on the perfect combination of sweet, salty, bold, and flavorful- with a little kick of chipotle spice.

But what exactly, are ‘Love Nuts’?  If you guessed it’s a reference to that piece of human anatomy that a lot of famous people grab on stage, you are entirely on track.  Nuts, as in Balls, Knackers, Family Jewels, Stones, Rocks, Nuggets…this list of slang endearments goes on and on…but, Love Nuts?

Also called ‘Blue Balls’ these sad little ‘nads’ almost made it to home plate- but ended in a make-out/strike-out.  Surely, Love Nuts, with such a charming and romantic name, cannot be named after unconsummated love, (or lust)?  Oh yes, they can!  Fans of this blog know us for Great Food…and Very bad names.

So, we have come Full-Circle (Pardon the pun), and we have to acknowledge that new and clever names for nuts, (‘Happy Sacks’, ‘Low-hangers’ or ‘Questicles’) are always fresh and changing…. but the pain of unrequited love, lust or ‘inspiration’ is ….evergreen

Out with the ‘Blue Balls’ and In with the ‘Love Nuts’?   Easy for me to say…. but we can promise that this is ridiculously tasty.  Roasted and glazed pecans, walnuts, almonds, and cashews will not leave you unsatisfied or swollen! (Unless you have allergies)

Gourmet Glazed nuts with Cranberries, Maple, Orange, Rosemary, and Chipotle

Sweet and Spicy Roasted Gourmet Nut mix

  • Baking sheet
  • Parchment Paper


  • 3 ½ cups Whole Unsalted Pecans
  • 2 cups Whole Unsalted Walnuts
  • ½ cup Whole Unsalted Almonds
  • 1 cup Whole Unsalted Cashews


  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil
  • ⅓ cup Real Maple Syrup
  • ¼ cup Light brown sugar
  • ½ cup Orange juice
  • 2 tsp Chipotle powder
  • 4 tbsp Finely chopped Rosemary
  • 3 tbsp Koser salt
  • ½ tbsp Orange Peel
  • ¾ cup Dried Cranberries

Combine the Nuts

  1. Oil the bottom of a sheet pan lined with parchment paper

  2. Add nuts to the sheet pan, spread the nuts in a single layer

Add Glaze Mixture Over the Nuts

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees

  2. Combine Oil, Maple syrup, Brown sugar, Orange juice, Chipotle powder, Rosemary, Salt, and Orange Peel

  3. Pour the glaze on the nuts and mix well on the cookie sheet with parchment paper

Bake the Nuts

  1. Bake for 10 minutes, open the oven and stir the nuts

  2. Bake for an additional 10 minutes, and then Stir again

  3. Bake for 5 minutes more

  4. Remove from the oven

  5. Stir in Dried Cranberries and Salt

  6. Taste the roasted mixed nuts, and add additional salt or Chipotle seasoning to meet your preference

  7. Let cool slightly, and transfer to a serving tray or tin

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For the most delicious homemade spiced nuts, buy unsalted, unroasted / raw nuts.  We have the salting and roasting covered in this recipe

Buy your nuts in bulk on Amazon, or at Costco, and save

You will love this homemade roasted nuts recipe for your Thanksgiving or Christmas entertaining menu.  The Rosemary and dried cranberries really set a tone.

These party nuts make a delicious homemade gift that your friends and family will rave about.  A beautiful tin or airtight container, a bow, and you are ready to go!

Glazed nuts are sticky- stir them right out of the oven

Mix It Up

Mix up the combination of nuts- Substitute your favorites like Macadamia nuts, Hazel nuts, shelled Pistachios…you choose

This recipe is calibrated to please a broad audience.  Add more drama and amp up these nuts with an extra teaspoon of chipotle powder after their out of the oven.  The sweet and spicy combination is addictive!

Delicious Ice cream topping

Try our hot and spicy nuts too, Fire Nutshttp://cusskitchen.com/fire-nuts

Perfect Pairing:

Bourbon mixed drink with fall flavorsTry our Wicked Bitchcraft Cocktail with Love Nuts: 

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