Honey Roasted Cashews

Honey Roasted Cashews

Honey Roasted Cashews are the perfect salty and sweet snack!

Set these cashews out at your next gathering and watch them disappear. Just 5 ingredients make this the ideal snack and they taste better than the store bought version. They are perfect for a road trip too.

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Just 5 ingredients for Honey Roasted Cashews or Peanuts:

The combination of sweet, salty, and some spicy heat (from the cayenne) make these irresistible. Most people love the combination of sweet and salty, so these honey roasted cashews will become your new favorite.

  • 16 ounces cashews (or peanuts)
  • Honey
  • Cayenne
  • Sea Salt
  • Sugar

Adjust the seasonings, especially the cayenne, to your taste. I use salted cashews and just a teaspoon of sea salt. If you use unsalted cashews you may need to add more salt.

Be sure nuts are in a single layer on the sheet pan for even cooking

How to make Honey Roasted Cashews:

  • Line a baking sheet with a silpat style non-stick mat or a piece of parchment paper (this makes for super easy clean up)
  • Preheat oven to 325°F
  • In a large microwave-safe bowl add honey and microwave for 30-45 seconds, or until mixture starts to bubble.
  • Remove and add the cayenne, sea salt and half of the sugar (¼ cup) and blend well
  • Stir in the cashews and quickly mix well to coat
  • Pour onto baking sheet in a single layer
  • Bake for 10 minutes, stir and continue roasting for about 12-15 more minutes
  • Remove from oven, sprinkle remaining sugar and let rest for 3-5 minutes on the pan undisturbed
  • Once cooled break nuts apart and serve in a bowl or store sealed in a container

Tips for honey roasting nuts:

When roasting nuts always lay them in a single layer on the pan so they carmelize evenly.

Be sure to let the cashews cool on the tray for about 3-5 minutes. This gives the sugar a chance to harden. Once cooled you can snap the cashews apart.

Honey Roasted Cashews
Allow nuts to cook slightly and harden before breaking apart

Can I substitute peanuts to make Honey Roasted Peanuts?

Yes, you can easily substitute peanuts for the cashews and make Honey Roasted Peanuts. Peanuts are equally tasty in this recipe and more economical than cashews. The cooking process is exactly the same.

Honey Roasted Cashews in a bowl

Variation Ideas:

This Honey Roasted Cashews recipe is versatile. If you want to mix it up there are many different ways to change the flavor by adding a few different spices or spice combinations. Here are a few to try:

  • Add 1/2 teaspoon of curry powder
  • Add 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon or cardamom
  • Add 1/2 teaspoon of cumin and 1/4 teaspoon of ginger powder
  • Substitute chile powder for the cayenne
honey roasted cashews

Packaging Honey Roasted Nuts

Consider making a larger batch of these nuts, and packaging in a clear bag or jar for a nice small gift.

Honey Roasted Cashews in a jar

Love Pecans? Try our easy Candied Pecan recipe too!

Spicy Sweet Candied Pecans
Spicy Sweet Candied Pecans

These honey roasted nuts will go perfectly with other small bites, appetizers or cocktails:

Honey Roasted Cashews in bowl
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Honey Roasted Cashews Recipe

Honey Roasted Cashews Recipe is super simple with just 5 ingredients. They only take 30-minutes to make! Perfect for Honey Roasted Peanuts too.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Appetizer, Snack, snacks
Cuisine: American
Servings: 16 servings
Calories: 209kcal


  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 tsp cayenne, more to taste
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar, divided
  • 16 ounces cashews, roasted and salted, Or peanuts, roasted and salted


  • Prepare a baking sheet with parchment or a Silpat mat. Heat oven to 325°F.
  • In a large microwave-safe bowl add honey and microwave for 30-45 seconds, or until mixture starts to bubble.
    Remove and add the cayenne, sea salt and half of the sugar (¼ cup) and blend well.
  • Add cashews to the honey mixture and stir very quickly to coat.
  • Spread nuts in a single layer onto prepared pan and roast for 20-25 minutes, stirring occasionally to ensure even browning. Nuts should be golden brown and lightly roasted.
    Remove from oven, sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup sugar.
    Let cool for 3-5 minutes and then break apart.
    Allow to cool completely and store in an airtight container or mason jar with a tight-fitting lid. The nuts will keep for up to 2 weeks.
    Honey Roasted Cashews


Calories: 209kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 150mg | Potassium: 167mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 52IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 2mg

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