Spice Butter Roasted Chestnuts

Roasting you own chestnuts isn’t hard! Not only do I show you how but I give you a sweet recipe for spice butter roasted chestnuts as well. Hello Christmas!

Roasting you own chestnuts isn't hard! Not only do I show you how but I give you a sweet recipe for spice butter roasted chestnuts as well. Hello Christmas!

The first time I had roasted chestnuts I was in New York City. I was walking around with my sister and we were talking about how we had both never had them but wanted to give them a try. Luckily for us it was Christmas in NYC and almost every street vendor has roasted chestnuts for sale.

The first thing that threw me off was that they were soft and almost potato like in texture. I don’t know why but I assumed like most nuts they would be hard and crunchy.

Boy was I wrong.

Roasting you own chestnuts isn't hard! Not only do I show you how but I give you a sweet recipe for spice butter roasted chestnuts as well. Hello Christmas!

I shared my bag of chestnuts with my sister but never quite got around to making them at home. “How hard could it be?” I thought to myself. Well, the actually process of roasting them is a breeze it’s the prep that is slightly annoying.

I knew I had to make a little X over the top of the nuts but it’s must harder than it looks. I saw on Amazon you buy a chestnut scoring knife but I felt that would be an unnecessary purchase. It’s not like I’m sitting here all Christmas long roasting chestnuts…over an open fire…

Roasting you own chestnuts isn't hard! Not only do I show you how but I give you a sweet recipe for spice butter roasted chestnuts as well. Hello Christmas!

If you’re wondering why you have to cut an X onto the top of nut it’s because if you don’t it will explode.

Like fireworks.

In your oven.

That is no no fun. Trust me.

Roasting you own chestnuts isn't hard! Not only do I show you how but I give you a sweet recipe for spice butter roasted chestnuts as well. Hello Christmas!

To make my nuts even more delicious (yes, I’m thinking it too) I roasted them with a little spiced butter. I used lots of nutmeg in my spice mix because nutmeg just screams Christmas to me. I think this would also be great with the addition of rosemary or thyme.

Just remember to peel the nuts while they are still warm. If you wait till they cool it will be a lot harder to peel.


Spice Butter Roasted Chestnuts

Roasting you own chestnuts isn't hard! Not only do I show you how but I give you a sweet recipe for spice butter roasted chestnuts. Hello Christmas!

Yield: 1 pound

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes


  • 1 pound fresh chestnuts
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon apple pie spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt


Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Using a sharp knife score an X on the rounded top of the chestnuts. Cutting through the shell but not deep into the nut.

Once you have cut all the nuts soak them in a bowl of super hot water for 2 minutes.

Lay out a large piece of foil onto a rimmed baking sheet. Gather up the edges to make a little wall.

Place the chestnuts (flat side down, X side up) inside the foil. Try not to overlap.

Add melted butter and spices in a bowl and mix to combine.

Pour over chestnuts and roast for about 30 minutes until the shells are curved back and the meaty flesh is exposed.

Peel while still warm and dip in butter sauce.

34 Responses to “Spice Butter Roasted Chestnuts”

  1. #
    Liz @ Floating Kitchen — December 12, 2014 at 8:05 am

    These look fantastic! We eat a lot of roasted chestnuts in the winter. My family treats them like dessert after dinner. But I’ve never really thought to put anything on them. You just opened up a whole new world for me! YUM!

  2. #
    Lee — December 12, 2014 at 8:10 am

    Confession: I don’t think I’ve ever eaten a chestnut! These are beautiful photos, pinned!

  3. #
    Meagan @ A Zesty Bite — December 12, 2014 at 8:25 am

    I can say that I have never roasted chestnuts. I’m intrigued to do so now and good note about them exploding in the oven.

  4. #
    Aggie — December 12, 2014 at 8:59 am

    As a kid I always roasted chestnuts with my grandpa in an aluminum tin in the fireplace. We also roasted cheese and dried homemade sausage. This post just brought me back to those nights, my favorites. I love chestnuts!

  5. #
    Phi @ The Sweetphi Blog — December 12, 2014 at 9:21 am

    OMG! These look amazing! I keep walking by chestnuts in the grocery store but have never made them. Now that I see your amazing recipe and tips (lol) I’m going to have to buy some and try this stat!

  6. #
    Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom — December 12, 2014 at 9:45 am

    My parents are huge roasted chestnut fans so growing up, I thought it was a Korean thing 😛 come to find out, it’s a holiday thang. Scoring the chestnuts beforehand is brilliant .. love love love these .. these say Christmas to me!!!

  7. #
    Tori@Gringalicious.com — December 12, 2014 at 10:13 am

    Thank goodness! I was starting to think I was the only one who liked roasted chestnuts! I love the idea of adding spice. So trying it! Pinned!

  8. #
    Cookin Canuck — December 12, 2014 at 12:10 pm

    We had roasted chestnuts a few times when we lived in NYC, but I have never tried roasted them myself. The spice butter sounds perfect!

  9. #
    Amy S. — December 12, 2014 at 9:32 pm

    I’m excited to make gingerbread cookies this season!

  10. #
    monica a — December 12, 2014 at 10:57 pm

    I’ve never liked just plain roasted chestnuts but I like the way you dressed it up, I’m going to give it another try. Thank you

  11. #
    Daraya — December 13, 2014 at 12:54 pm

    I’m excited to make homemade hot chocolate and buttery sugar cookies this holiday season! 🙂

  12. #
    Margot C — December 13, 2014 at 1:02 pm

    I’m going to make a Beef Wellington on Christmas Eve. This is only the third time ever in my life! Really I’m not sure that the first time counts because I was just helping my mother and that was decades ago!

  13. #
    Marilee Reyes — December 14, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    I LOVE chestnuts … have never tried making: them myself, though, but now I will. What I am most looking forward to making for Christmas is my mother’s recipe for butterballs … a very simple candy with only four ingredients. From the time I knew how to roll a lump of clay in my hand into a large marble, rolling the butterballs was my job. Mom is gone now, but it still brings back happy memories as my sister and I do it together.

  14. #
    Sarah Krumm — December 14, 2014 at 5:13 pm

    I am so excited to try this spiced chestnut recipe! I’m going to actually try roasting them in a fireplace…we will see how that goes!

  15. #
    Renee - Kudos Kitchen — December 14, 2014 at 8:02 pm

    I bought chestnuts today so I can make this recipe! Thanks for sharing!

  16. #
    Jamie — December 15, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    Gingerbread men!

  17. #
    Nikki @ NikSnacks — December 16, 2014 at 1:00 pm

    I’m looking forward to making a mess in the kitchen and having everyone else clean it up.

  18. #
    Liz — December 16, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    This is the a classic Christmas dish! What a wonderful addition to the holiday table! I’m looking forward to making my holiday fudge 🙂

  19. #
    Brenda@Sugar-Free Mom — December 16, 2014 at 3:10 pm

    Even though no one will eat them but my dad and I he still makes roasted chestnuts every Christmas! I love that spiced butter!

  20. #
    Martha @ A Family Feast — December 16, 2014 at 3:33 pm

    Oh,my.gosh -My husband is crazy for chestnuts – he’d go absolutely crazy for these spice butter version!!

  21. #
    Paula - bell'alimento — December 16, 2014 at 3:35 pm

    I dig roasted chestnuts! Can never resist them from the street vendors on the streets!

  22. #
    Melissa from HungryFoodLove.com — December 17, 2014 at 10:40 am

    I’ve never had chestnuts but you are certainly making me want to try them

  23. #
    Heather | girlichef — December 17, 2014 at 11:11 am

    Chestnuts are one of those things that I’ve always wanted to try, but never have…I just never see them! I want to try them roasted, and I want to try roasting them myself. I love the sound of them with spice butter!

  24. #
    Claire Volkman — December 17, 2014 at 11:56 am

    What a STUNNING recipe!! Girl your photos just rock 🙂

  25. #
    Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet — December 17, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    As soon as I saw these I started singing “Chestnuts roasted on an open fire!” I have never even had a chestnut but they look wonderful!

  26. #
    Joanne — December 17, 2014 at 1:15 pm

    After all these years of living in NYC, I have never bought roasted chestnuts from a street vendor…though I have LOVED smelling them. Definitely one of NYC’s good street smells. 😛 Love your spiced up version!

  27. #
    Erin @ Texanerin Baking — December 17, 2014 at 3:12 pm

    I would like a video of them exploding in the oven, please. 😀 Sounds interesting (to watch – experiencing that sounds awful).

  28. #
    Rose | The Clean Dish — December 17, 2014 at 7:05 pm

    I still have a small basket of chestnuts and keep meaning to ask my mom how to prepare them — I’ll try it your way!! Although I do remember my mom preparing them similar to this… I love chestnuts!!

  29. #
    Bea — December 17, 2014 at 8:48 pm

    I love roasted chestnuts – it reminds me of home; in the winter there still is a guy roasting chestnuts in the square of my hometown and they are so delicious.

    What a great idea to add spices to the chestnuts. Perfect!

  30. #
    Janelle — December 17, 2014 at 9:44 pm

    I am excited to make and decorate sugar cookies tomorrow with my 4 and 6 year olds!

  31. #
    Kirsten/ComfortablyDomestic — December 17, 2014 at 11:06 pm

    Nice nuts, Brandy! I’m sorry. I had to do it. I had no idea that roasted chestnuts were potato like in texture!

  32. #
    Angie | Big Bear's Wife — December 18, 2014 at 9:33 am

    I swear, you take some of the most amazing photos ever! I’ve never roasted chestnuts, even though I’ve sung about them 10000 times at christmas haha. Come to think of it…I’ve never even had roasted chestnuts! I’m missing out!!

  33. #
    Maria William — October 24, 2018 at 4:38 am

    Chestnuts have a wonderful flavour, and very much associated with Christmas. This paste is a lovely idea for a homemade gift. So easy to make.


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