Roasting peanuts is very easy and this sweet honey coating makes them taste just incredible. These are perfect for game day, a party, or when you are in the mood for a sweet and salty snack!
No game day party would be complete without a bowl of peanuts or mixed nuts. I love to roast my own peanuts, compared to buying them. It is usually cheaper and the peanuts are so fresh that it is just a superior way to have them. The roasted peanut recipe I have for today is a classic – honey roasted peanuts.
What Makes These Peanuts So Good?
- The sweet coating! These peanuts have that crunchy candy coating that makes them just amazing.
- So easy to make – these honey roasted peanuts are simple to prepare and learning how to roast peanuts is a snap.
- Perfect for snacking – They are the kind of snack that have you keep reaching into the bowl to grab a few more. A bowl filled with these will be empty in no time!
Ingredients You Need For This Recipe
- peanuts– raw or roasted unsalted
- white sugar
- cayenne pepper
Expert Tip! I add a little bit of cayenne to the mixture to give it a tiny little zing. They are not spicy by any means, but the zing works very well with the sweet coating around the peanuts. If you prefer, you can easily just omit the cayenne pepper and these honey roasted peanuts will still turn out awesome!
How to Make Honey Roasted Peanuts
- The first step of making these roasted peanuts is to make the sweet coating. Use a saucepan and melt the butter along with the honey and 1 teaspoon of salt over medium heat. Let this mixture come to a boil and then stir constantly while it is bubbling for about 30 seconds.
- Remove this from the heat and stir in the peanuts. Spread them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Ensure that the peanuts are well spread out.
- Roast the peanuts in a 325F oven for 30 minutes.
- While the peanuts are in the oven, mix together the sugar, cayenne and remaining salt in a small bowl.
- When they are done in the oven, remove the peanuts and dump into a bowl. Toss the peanuts with the sugar mixture so they are well coated.
- While the peanuts are cooling down, give them a stir every couple minutes to make sure they don’t clump and harden together.
Expert Tip! Make sure to let the peanuts rest and cool down after they come out of the oven. They are typically a little soft right after baking and get that classic crunchy texture and toasty flavour after they have had a chance to cool down.
Other Roasted Peanut Recipes
I like to try different recipes for roasting peanuts, some spicy and others sweet. Here are a few other recipes I have used in the past for roasted peanuts. They all taste great!
Honey Roasted Peanuts
- 3 cups peanuts , raw and skinless or unsalted dry roasted
- 3 tbsp butter
- 1/4 cup honey
- 2 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
- Preheat oven to 325F.
- In a saucepan, melt the butter with the honey and 1 tsp salt over medium heat. Bring to a boil and let it continue to boil for about 30 seconds, stirring constantly. Remove from the heat and stir in the peanuts so they are evenly coated.
- Spread the coated peanuts on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Make sure that the peanuts are in one layer and not clumped or piled.
- Roast the peanuts in the oven for 30 minutes, stirring them every 10 minutes. The peanuts should start to brown and the coating should develop a caramel colour.
- In a small bowl, stir together the white sugar, cayenne pepper and remaining 1 tsp salt.
- Remove the peanuts from the oven and scoop into a large bowl. Dump the white sugar mixture over the peanuts and stir so all the nuts are coated in the white sugar.
- Let the peanuts cool completely, stirring them every once in a while so that they do not stick together.