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Creepy Peanuts

Peanuts take a sinister turn when sprayed with diluted black food coloring and toasted in the oven.

  • prep: 20 mins
    total time: 40 mins
  • yield: Makes 7 1/2 cups
Photography: Nick & Chloe


  • 2 teaspoons black food coloring
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 pound roasted peanuts, in shell


  1. Step 1

    Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Place food coloring and water in a small spray bottle, close bottle, and shake to combine. Spread peanuts on a rimmed baking sheet, and spray with food-coloring mixture, turning peanuts, until shells are completely covered. Bake peanuts until shells are dry, about 20 minutes.

Martha Stewart Living, October 2012