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Brown-Butter Nut Mix with Rosemary and Thyme

Boost a mixed-nut blend with herbs and butter for a savory complement to pre-dinner drinks. The recipe comes from TV chef Thomas Joseph.

  • yield: Makes about 10 cups




  • 10 cups mixed nuts such as pecans, cashews, whole skin-on almonds, Marcona almonds, and peanuts
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons packed light-brown sugar
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons coarse salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 5 sprigs fresh thyme, leaves only
  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary, leaves only

Cook's Note

Nuts can be stored in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.


  1. Step 1

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

  2. Step 2

    Place nuts on a rimmed baking sheet and toast until brown and fragrant, 15 to 20 minutes.

  3. Step 3

    Meanwhile, heat butter in a small saucepan over medium-high heat until melted. Continue cooking until butter becomes fragrant and golden brown, taking care not to burn. Remove from heat and set aside.

  4. Step 4

    In a large bowl, mix together sugar, salt, black pepper, cayenne pepper, thyme, and rosemary; mix in brown butter. Add nuts and toss to combine. Return nuts to baking sheet and transfer to oven. Bake until nuts are semidry, about 10 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool completely.

The Martha Stewart Show, December 2011



Reviews (2)

  • Frankalicious 23 Sep, 2012

    Wow.. We had a 20 people over for a cocktail party and we made these along with this recipe along with deviled eggs & popcorn, etc. Everyone was impressed with how delicious these nuts were. They are now GONE! My fiance was all like "This recipe is a keeper." Add it to your arsenal. You will not regret it.

  • Schmooter 23 Dec, 2011

    I made these nuts today for Christmas gifts and packaged them in clear cellophane bags using the Avery Christmas label templates from a previous Martha show. These nuts are delicious - thank you, Thomas, for another great recipe!