Orange Spiced Cashews

orange spiced cashews

When I have company over I like to make some type of nut concoction. Nuts round out a cheese plate and they are usually appreciated by people who are vegan & gluten free (as long as you use the appropriate ingredients).

orange spiced cashews

These orange spiced cashews evoke images of Darjeeling Limited.

It’s totally the combination orange zest, coriander & cumin with that sweet corn syrup.

You know what that means, right?! Tracy is going to do a weird visual thing again. Wait for it…

orange spiced cashews

Why won’t Owen Wilson look at my nuts??

And we’re off.

This is sooooooooooo easy.

Even a caveman can do it. Ewww. Why did I type that?

orange spiced cashews

Nuts in a bowl.

orange spiced cashews

Spices & orange zest. I always spill spices. Gimme a break.

orange spiced cashews

Nuts in a bigger bowl cuz I can space on spacial recognition sometimes. Corn syrup on nuts.

orange spiced cashews

Spices all over nuts. STIR time.

orange spiced cashews

Oh yeah! Cayenne. Go easy on it if you have company. If I was making it for me & Casey I would add 2 pinches.

orange spiced cashews

Spread nuts on a parchment lined baking sheet.

orange spiced cashews

Put those nuts in the oven.

orange spiced cashews

NUTS are done!

orange spiced cashews

The best part is that you get a few clusters in the mix.

orange spiced cashews

That’s my favorite part.

Orange Spiced Cashews

makes 2 1/2 cups

Recipe from Martha Stewart Living

  • 2 1/2 cups whole cashews
  • 1/4 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons finely grated orange zest
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper; set aside. In a medium bowl, mix cashews with corn syrup until evenly coated. Set aside.

    In a small bowl, combine salt, zest, ginger, coriander, cumin, and cayenne. Sprinkle mixture over nuts, and stir until nuts are evenly coated. Transfer to one of the prepared baking sheets; spread in a single layer, separating nuts.

    Bake until the nuts are golden and the syrup is bubbling, about 15 minutes. Immediately transfer nuts to the other baking sheet. Separate cashews; let cool.

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    41 Comments

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    • February 21, 2012

      Oooo…I can almost smell the orange zest! Love the Darjeeling Limited photo, ha!

    • February 21, 2012

      Yum! These look mothershuckin’ great.

      • February 21, 2012

        haha! I see what you did there!

        You remind me that I still want to shuck some oysters!

        • February 22, 2012

          I’d like to see that post! Shucking oysters is a little intimidating.

    • mary
      February 21, 2012

      Clusters are the best part of snack mix!

    • February 21, 2012

      I loved that movie!

    • Johanna
      February 21, 2012

      Can I use simple syrup or honey instead of corn syrup?

      • February 21, 2012

        you probably could. I think it would be a little more sticky for some reason. It’s worth a try if you feel weird about corn syrup.

    • February 21, 2012

      Aww yeah! These look so awesome! Really unique too!

    • February 21, 2012

      LOVE the Darjeeling Limited! And I bet I would love these cashews!

    • MaryBeth
      February 21, 2012

      Oh shucks! This would have been perfect for this past weekend, I guess I’ll just have to get the girls together for another wine night, what a bother! :)

    • February 21, 2012

      Those look fantastic! I freaking LOVE cashews. The local bakery was churning out tandoori cashews during the holidays and I couldn’t get enough. YUM!

    • February 21, 2012

      It looks unbelievably good!! Cashew+orange?? You totally got me Tracy!!

    • February 21, 2012

      your image from darjeeling limited pretty much nailed it for me. these look great, definitely on the “to make” list.

      • February 21, 2012

        haha. SO GLAD for that.

    • February 21, 2012

      Ooooh yum. What a creative recipe! Now you have me thinking up all the possibilities of cashews and citrus–how about a “margarita-bar-nut”, except use lime in place of orange and perhaps more salt.

      • February 21, 2012

        oooh. i bet lime zest would be bomb. Then I could use a picture of Sweet Lime from Darjeeling. Yeah I totally went there.

    • February 21, 2012

      you have to stop posting spiced orange things! I am going to end up having an incredibly tacky spiced orange cocktail party. maybe it won’t be tacky…maybe just delicious. just saying.

      but seriously keep up the good work.

    • February 21, 2012

      I heart Owen and I heart spiced nuts!

    • mariah
      February 21, 2012

      I want these.

    • February 21, 2012

      YUM! That sounds like such an amazing combo. Also, I love that movie. Genius.

    • LGMF
      February 21, 2012

      Awesome.. Deez nuts look delicious!

    • February 21, 2012

      I’ve been wondering what to do with my corn syrup! I have a rather large array of nuts in my cupboard & this would be perfect! I’ve done it with sugar on the stove top before, but it takes forever. This is so much more simple, and of course, impressive! Think of all the combinations!

      • February 21, 2012

        much simpler! mix, dump, spread, bake, DEVOUR.

    • February 21, 2012

      Those look amazing! If I made them I probably would eat the whole batch myself :)

    • February 21, 2012

      you’re so weird.
      i watched Darjeeling just two nights ago. it’s like magic for my brain. i love that movie and i love your nuts.

    • Sarah
      February 21, 2012

      can i get some more of those savory snacks? nom nom nom!

    • February 22, 2012

      These look so durned good and I’m already fantasizing about these in a salad with goat cheese.

    • Elizabeth in London
      February 22, 2012

      Ha ha! You made me laugh out loud re: Owen Wilson not looking at your nuts.

    • February 22, 2012

      I love clusters too! I made puppy chow a few weeks ago – peanut butter chocolate clusters! The best!

    • February 22, 2012

      Reedonk! You are hilarious.

    • February 22, 2012

      I just made these for my moms birthday dinner. She better hurry up and get here or else I’m going to eat them all! So delicious!

    • February 29, 2012

      Just have to say that any Wes Anderson reference in a food blog post is literally the best thing ever. You’re my new favourite! (have you heard of his new movie coming out in the spring!!!!)

    • June 11, 2012

      That’s just how Francis is!

      Additionally, these nuts sound delightful. (that’s what she said!)

    • June 30, 2012

      Absolutely loving this recipe. I’ve been through a few batches now. Just added some cranberries and it’s splendid.

      • Tracy
        June 30, 2012

        Cranberries! What a lovely addition.

    • Hannah
      October 20, 2012

      Stepped out of my comfort zone for snacking foods for company and made these…amaze! I am hooked, thanks for the easy and delicious recipe, plus my house smells of orange and spices, love it!

    • Mari
      March 22, 2013

      I just made this, but instead of corn syrup I used honey, and insted of cashews I used almonds! It is so good!! And smells amazing.
      My brother ate almost half the batch at once, stanting in the kitchen…hehe

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