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Sweet and Smoky Cashews


No cocktail hour is complete without a tasty snack and these sweet and smoky cashews fit the bill. They come together in a snap!


  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper flakes
  • 1 cup salted cashews


  1. Mix the first six ingredients together in a small bowl. Add the cashews and toss them around to fully coat them in the spice mixture.
  2. Heat a medium-sized non-stick pan over medium to medium-low heat. Add the cashews and heat them just until the spices become fragrant. Remove them from the heat and spread them in an even layer on some parchment paper. Once cooled you can store them in a resealable bag.


I used cashews that were already salted, so if you use non-salted you will want to add some salt to the spice mixture. Start with 1/2 a teaspoon – you can always salt them more after you remove them from the pan. Be very careful when heating the cashews in the pan because the spice will burn easily. Don’t worry if you get a few black spots – it’s just more flavor – but be careful not to take them too far. The nuts will be a little sticky after you remove them from the heat, so be sure to spread them out so they don’t get all clumped together.

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Category: Appetizers
  • Method: Toast
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1/4 cup
  • Calories: 209
  • Sugar: 6g
  • Sodium: 329.9mg
  • Fat: 15.6g
  • Saturated Fat: 2.8g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 11.2g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 14.9g
  • Fiber: 1.3g
  • Protein: 5.9g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg

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