Union Square Cafe Bar Nuts

Union Square Cafe Bar Nuts Copycat Recipe...the BEST NUTS EVER!

This Union Square Cafe Bar Nuts Copycat Recipe is so simple, seasoned to perfection and best served warm. They are literally the BEST NUTS EVER!

Over the last few years I have become a little obsessed with nuts. It’s a little weird. I don’t know what happens once you turn 30…it’s like suddenly you become an old person and a bowl of mixed nuts morph into an obvious snack option.

I guess since Flaming Cheetos also still taste delicious to me, I’m ok. But I’m finding it’s a slow progression…one day you’re busy eating Twizzlers and Funyons and then you blink and you’re drinking Metamucil before bed and snacking on a bowl of nuts. For the moment I’m somewhere in between.

But let me explain the back-story to these little gems…I was watching a show on Food Network called The Best Thing I Ever Ate…and the episode revolved solely around snack food. WELLLLLLL Giada came on and talked about how she basically wanted to marry the warm bar nuts at Union Square Cafe in NYC.

It seemed like a simple enough thing, but dang, girlfriend was obsessing over them. Which meant I had to obsess over them too. A simple google search pulled up a “copycat” recipe. Best decision ever.

Union Square Cafe Bar Nuts Copycat Recipe...the BEST NUTS EVER!

I’ve made multiple batches of these in the last few weeks. I am telling you, they are simple beyond belief…they take you 10 minutes…and they are RIDICULOUS!

If you are having company, whip up a batch of these and put them out on the table while they’re still warm. Don’t say anything, just place the bowl in front of your guests. Within a matter of minutes you will be answering questions about the recipe. Trust me.

All you have here is chopped fresh rosemary. Yes you MUST use fresh.


Place that in a bowl with dark brown sugar, kosher salt, butter and cayenne.


Grab your favorite mix of nuts. Make sure they are raw and unsalted.


Toast your nuts for just 10 minutes…


And then pour the warm nuts on top of the seasonings…

Union Square Cafe Bar Nuts Copycat Recipe...the BEST NUTS EVER!

Just stir and serve! That’s literally it.

Union Square Cafe Bar Nuts Copycat Recipe...the BEST NUTS EVER!

I like to place a sprig of fresh rosemary in the bowl when I’m serving to fancy it up.

Seriously you guys have to make these.



Union Square Cafe Bar Nuts

  • Author: Cookies & Cups


  • 16 ounces raw mixed nuts
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chopped rosemary
  • 2 teaspoons dark brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F/175°C
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Spread the nuts evenly on the baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes until they are lightly toasted.
  3. While the nuts are in the oven combine the rosemary, sugar, salt, cayenne and melted butter in a large bowl.
  4. When the nuts are done immediately toss them in the rosemary mixture, until they are evenly coated. Serve warm.


as noted these nuts are best served warm, but they are still fantastic when they are at room temperature.

Recipe lightly adapted from foodnetwork.com


11 Responses

  1. Dianna

    Could you figure out a way to keep these warm for a party… would it work in a small crock pot or fondue pot to make them ahead?

  2. Odelle Smith (U.K.)

    Hi there from a rather cold, rainy, dull day here in the U.K.
    I share your passion for all nuts, cakes, cream-cheese frosting & all things ‘naughty but nice’!
    Many thanks for an excellent post, site & recipes which I’m certain I will enjoy.
    Look forward to many more to come in the coming weeks.
    Regards to you & yours,
    Odelle Smith. (U.K.)

  3. Misty S

    Wow, so simple & delicious! Contemplating what else I could possibly put this seasoning on…..it’s just that good!

  4. Judith Martel

    Wow. I was so excited to make these. A crashing disappointment. Quite unremarkable. Tasted and tossed them. Love your site, just don’t get this recipe!

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