So I have to say – I’ve been a bit nutzo with the baking and crafting. I’ve been having so much fun. I do have a day job though – remember…I own ROAR events group – we primarily focus on corporate clients, but doing all this crafting is taking me back in time. I use to do this all the time and I forgot how much fun it is. As a HAPPY HOLIDAYS gift to you ~ you can download the NUTS for the HOLIDAYS printable here.
So this weekend – I’ve baked – Brownie Covered Oreos. And I’ve roasted Chipotle & Rosemary Roasted Nuts from Barefoot Contessa’s most recent book – How Easy Is That? I’ve played around with packaging. Let’s just say that no Christmas shopping was done this weekend. 🙂
These nuts are great for a party and also a little house warming gift (toss in a bottle of wine and you are golden). I actually brought these nuts to a neighborhood holiday party and they were a hit!
Here are the details:
The Nuts Ingredients
3 cups whole roasted unsalted cashews (14 oz)
2 cups whole walnut halves (7 oz)
2 cups whole pecan halves (7 oz)
1/2 cups whole almonds (3 oz)
1/3 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup light brown sugar lightly packed
3 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice (I used store bought)
2 teaspoons ground chipotle powder
4 tablespoons minced fresh rosemary (I used 1 tablespoon dried)
1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2) Brush a sheet pan generously with vegetable oil. Combine the cashews, walnuts, pecans, almonds, 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil, the maple syrup, brown sugar, orange juice, and chipotle powder on the sheet pan. Toss to coat the nuts evenly. Add 2 tablespoons of rosemary and 2 teaspoons of salt and toss again.
3. Spread the nuts in one layer. Roast nuts for 25 minutes, stirring twice with a large metal spatula (I used a BBQ grill one), until the nuts are glazed and golden brown (I stirred 10 and 20 minutes into the roasting). Remove from oven and sprinkle with 2 more teaspoons of salt and the remaining 2 tablespoons of rosemary. Ross well and set aside at room temperature, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking as they cool. Serve warm or cool completely and store in an airtight container.
I decided that I was going to buy 1/2 pint mason jars. This recipe will fill 11 1/2 pint mason jars. (Well maybe 12 – I was nibbling on the nuts a little bit.) I wanted to put a sticker on the top of the jar and decided to glue ribbon around the lid. As a HAPPY HOLIDAYS gift for you ~ I wanted you all to have the printable so you can be NUTS for the Holidays like me. Click here to download.
Here is what they looked like after I was done with them…