Seriously, who doesn't an love edible gift during the holidays? Homemade gifties from the heart have always been some of the best and sweetest (no pun intended) gifts I've ever received. These types of gifts show creatively, love, thoughtfulness, and just make you look like an over all nice person. Who doesn't love that right?!
While some edible gifts give off the impression you've spent tons of time and energy on said treats, you don't actually have to. Most of the time these types of gifts are sensible, cost effective and can be made in a big batch; take these roasted, toasted, herbed up cashews as a great example.
You can buy raw cashews in bulk at any grocery store or even Costco. Everyone's got butter in their fridge this time of year, and you don't need all that much for this recipe to begin with, and rosemary is a cheap herb you can get fresh practically any where these days. Oh and the plums! I love this addition! They aren't too sweet and they had this almost wine like trait to add these bad boys. Perfect for a cocktail snack.
Oh, p.s., dried plums are the same things as prunes, but writing prunes just seems gross to me. I mean, I know I am 30 and all now, but I don't need to use the word prunes too much yet. So dried plums it is.
Any way, the ingredients are minimal, which is a total plus, but on top of that you can make this gift in less than 20 minutes. Bam. That's how I want to do the holidays.
If you don't want to give these a little gifts, totally cool. These are a perfect side dish for your holiday party or at your own shindig. Or even for every day snacking really.
Your friends will think you are so fancy/
Roasted Rosemary Cashews with Dried Plums
Makes 3.5 cups
- 3 cups raw, whole cashews
- 2 tablespoons melted unsalted butter
- 2 tablespoons freshly chopped rosemary
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup dried plums (aka prunes), chopped
- Preheat you oven to 350 and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Place the cashews in a large bowl. Melt the butter and drizzle it over the cashews.
- Add the chopped rosemary, salt, and pepper to the cashews and toss well to combine. Feel free to use your hands.
- Spread the cashews evenly on the baking sheet and bake for 12-16 minutes or until golden brown. I start checking mine at 12 minutes and add 2 minutes more each time if needed.
- Toss the warm cashews with the plums and let them cool.
Cool so you don't burn your tongue off. Then eat them all, serve them warm, or let them cool a little more before you package them for your buddies.
You can find little plastic bags like mine at Michael's or any craft store. Each of my bags filled about 1/2-3/4 cup each.
My co-workers are getting these treats today!