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Cinnamon Roasted Cashews

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School is quickly coming to an end.  If you are like me, it is coming to an end in the next few days.  Cue the angels singing hallelujah.  

What do you give to your children’s teachers?   I like to make a little something as well as give them a giftcard.  Even thought my daughter insists her teacher loves candles I just don’t think she wants one from every kid in the class.  Unless of course she is going for that Amish theme in her house and shunning electricity.

Coupled with school coming to an end has been my ongoing quest for a recipe to make the cinnamon roasted cashews that I love from Whole Foods.  I could eat them every single day.  And I would if the Whole Foods store wasn’t so far away from me and if they didn’t cost so much money.  For whatever reason, my children want to eat more than a small hand full of nuts for dinner everyday. They are so selfish like that.

As I searched for recipes, some of them were way more complex than what I wanted to do. I had zero desire to put trays of nuts in and out of the oven multiple times. Nor did I want to brush my nuts with egg whites.

(I am resisting the urge to add, That’s what she said.)

And so I came up with this shortcut version of the recipe. It suits me and my short attention span perfectly. Not to mention it is so delicious that I ended up hiding some of it from my children. I just don’t think they appreciated my nuts enough.

(Sometimes I think I am really a 12 year old boy.)

I think that this recipe tastes even better than the version they sell at Whole Foods, if only for the fact that it costs about 1/10th price to make at home.

You will need:


6 cups of Cashews, or really any nut you desire
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
2T cinnamon
2 tsp vanilla

Again, this recipe, like most of my recipes, is not an exact science. Add more or less of whatever you like or don’t like. It will turn out perfectly fine. I promise.

Step One:


Put the nuts in a large heavy bottomed pan. Heat them up over high heat, stirring them so that they don’t burn. This will take a few minutes.

Step Two:

Once the nuts are heated thoroughly dump the brown sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla into the pan.

Step Three:


Stir it while the sugar mixture gets all melty and sticks to the nuts.

Step Four:

Turn off stove and let it cool slightly before you remove the nuts from the pan. Resist the urge to taste them right now unless you want to burn the tastebuds off of your tongue. Trust me on this.

Step Five:


Scoop the nuts out of the pan and into a bowl. If you have allowed them to cool too long and they are stuck in your pan like a massive piece of peanut brittle, simply turn the stove back on for a few minutes to loosen the sugar up. it is much easier than hacking at it with a butter knife. Not that I know anything about that.

Now you can package these nuts up into little decorative containers to give to the teachers. Or you can just eat the nuts yourself and tell yourself that you need it, no, you deserve it, because soon enough the kids are going to be home all day and sometimes you just need to sneak into the pantry and have a little snack to susatin you while you think of ways to burn daylight.


Miles approves.


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9 comments so far...

  • Thanks for this recipe!! I also hate paying the high prices for these nuts (we like almonds) at our Sprouts. My husband will be glad we can make them at home now.

    Randa //  |  June 3rd, 2010 at 3:49 pm

  • I will do this with almonds. STAT.

    EG  |  June 3rd, 2010 at 5:14 pm

  • YUM! I think I would gain back all the baby weight if I made this. It sounds just a wee bit addicting.

    Shannon  |  June 3rd, 2010 at 5:25 pm

  • Oh, yum. Thanks for this, Chris. I am about to make this recipe with only one cup of cashews. Will let you know how it goes…

    Tara  |  June 4th, 2010 at 2:10 am

  • OK, I’m back. Very nice and quick recipe. Loved it! Mine have a slightly ‘burnt’ taste (I guess when you smell burning, you shouldn’t keep stirring - duh!), but I enjoyed these so much I’m going to have to go to the shops to buy more cashews. Thanks! ;)

    Tara  |  June 4th, 2010 at 2:30 am

  • You are my hero. Perfect teacher gift.

    Lucinda  |  June 4th, 2010 at 2:42 am

  • Hee, how quickly you get used to the luxury of the kids being GONE for part of the day! ;-)

    Brigitte  |  June 5th, 2010 at 8:59 am

  • I tried this our with almonds instead…. super yumm!

    Garima  |  June 7th, 2010 at 6:10 pm

  • Thanks, Chris! I needed a last-minute (as in last day of school is tomorrow - yikes!) teacher gift, so just made a batch with a note for my daughter’s Kindergarten teacher: “Thanks to you I’m nuts about school.” Cheesy, but I couldn’t resist.

    Megan  |  June 10th, 2010 at 10:43 pm