Homemade Beer Nuts
A fun and tasty twist on peanuts, these Homemade Beer Nuts are perfect when you’re craving a sweet and salty treat. Easy to make & great for sharing!
Easy Roasted Nuts
I can’t help but think of my Grandpa Renelt every time I reach into the pantry for the jar of peanuts. He loved to snack on a handful of salty peanuts, and I’m pretty sure he would have approved of these Homemade Beer Nuts!
This easy snack recipe is a fun and tasty twist on peanuts, perfect for when I’m craving a little bit of sweet with my salty. They’re a great nibble for watching some football, hanging out on the summertime patio, or any time of year, really. And while a cold beer is not required to wash them down, it’s definitely a great combo!
Do you remember the original Beer Nuts? You know, the kind in the little round canister with the plastic lid. I’ve been snacking on them since I was a kid, thanks to my dad. While this recipe is not an exact replica of that famous snack, I still promise you that these beer nuts are awesome delicious. They’re made with a minimum amount of ingredients and come together quickly, promising a light and crunchy texture that’s hard to resist!
What You’ll Need
These homemade sweet and salty baked nuts are made with just 3 ingredients, plus water!
- Sugar – Granulated sugar gives the sweetness to this snack.
- Cocktail peanuts – Even though I like to stick with the classic peanuts for this recipe, you can also use cashews, walnuts, pecans, almonds, pistachios, or even a variety of nuts.
- Sea salt – Adds the salty to the sweet!
How to Make Beer Nuts
This roasted nuts recipe is quick and easy to make.
- Boil. Stir together the water, sugar, and peanuts in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Once the water is absorbed it will turn to a grainy sugar consistency.
- Bake. Spread the coated peanuts on a baking sheet. Sprinkle with sea salt. Bake for 20 to 30 minutes, depending on how crunchy you want them.
Other Seasoning Ideas
While I love this simple sweet and salty combination, there are many options when it comes to roasted party nuts. Here are a few ideas for optional add-ins:
- A splash of sriracha or hot sauce
- Cayenne pepper
- Chipotle powder
- black pepper
Tips for Success + Variations
Here are a few things to keep in mind when making this sweet and spicy nut recipe.
- Use fresh nuts. Be sure to check that your nuts are fresh, especially if they’ve been hanging around in your pantry for awhile. Stale nuts will not make a great snack!
- Make sure the water evaporates. You do want the mixture to reach a boil, as that is what allows the water to evaporate, creating the crunchy, grainy texture that adheres to the nuts.
- Can I use other types of nuts? While I definitely like to use peanuts, any type of nut will work here. Pistachios, almonds, walnuts, cashews, pecans, or a mixture. Use what YOU like to eat!
Enjoy these homemade beer nuts by the handful straight from the bowl, serve them up at a party, or pack them in your lunchbox. These are a great treat to keep in your bag to prevent any hangry moments too!
How to Store
Beer nuts can be stored in an airtight container at cool room temperature for a couple weeks.
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Homemade Beer Nuts
- ⅓ cup water
- 1.5 cups sugar
- 16 ounces cocktail peanuts
- 1 tablespoon course sea salt
- Preheat oven to 300° F.
- In a medium saucepan over medium to medium-high heat, stir together water, sugar, and peanuts. Bring to a boil. Boil, stirring regularly, until water is absorbed. It will turn from a syrupy consistency to a grainy sugar consistency.
- Spread peanuts out onto a rimmed 11″ x 17″ pan, breaking up any large pieces of peanuts that have clumped together. Sprinkle with sea salt.
- Bake for 20 to 25 minutes for a lighter coating and crunch, or 30 minutes for a deeper darker coating, stirring after the first 15 minutes. Let cool on pan. Store in an airtight container at cool room temperature once completely cooled.
This post was previously published in 2011. Photographs and some of the text were updated 2022.