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Merry Christmas Eve!!!

Salted Coffee Butter Roasted Chestnuts | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

I made chestnuts… roasted over and open fire. Of course.

Salted Coffee Butter Roasted Chestnuts | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Ok well, I didn’t really roast them over an open fire, more like the oven, but hey, close enough. I wasn’t about to go stand outside in the blowing snow (seriously – blizzard conditions here right now) to roast some chestnuts over the open fire, unfortunately, roasting inside was not and option either.

So oven it was, it did the trick!

Salted Coffee Butter Roasted Chestnuts | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

I was thinking about what we (and by “we” I mean all of the many, many family and friends currently occupying the house) should all be snacking on this week and decided on a whim to make these salted coffee butter roasted chestnuts. I figured that chestnuts would be a great change-up to the usual mixed nuts. Then I thought, well geez, you guys should be snacking on these too! They are kind of perfect, they keep both your hands and mouth occupied, but not SO occupied that you can’t hold a convo. And I don’t know about you guys, but I am a huge fidgeter, so these are perfect for me!

Salted Coffee Butter Roasted Chestnuts | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

A lot of chestnut recipe are simply roasted with butter and salt, but I did something a little different and went with a little coffee. Promise it’s not odd, just slightly addicting.

Salted Coffee Butter Roasted Chestnuts | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

And don’t fear the chestnut. I know they may seem tricky to open, but once they are roasted, peeling away the shells is so easy. Just make sure that when you guys are pouring that hot butter all over the chestnuts you get the butter down under the shells so that the nuts get all buttery and delicious.

Salted Coffee Butter Roasted Chestnuts | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Hope you all have a great Christmas Eve, filled with awesome food and even better company. Time to go cook, sit by the fire and watch Christmas movies like crazy. YES, it’s about time! It has been a crazy few months and I am so ready for a relaxing time with family!

Salted Coffee Butter Roasted Chestnuts | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Salted Coffee Butter Roasted Chestnuts.

Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings: 8 Servings
Calories Per Serving: 207 kcal

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Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400°. Bring a medium sized pot of water to a boil and turn off heat.
  • Soak the chestnuts in the hot water for 1 minute then drain chestnuts and pat dry. (This softens the shells and makes them easier to score.)
  • Using a sharp paring knife, carefully score each chestnut - cut an X on the rounded side (I have also read flat, but I do rounded) of each chestnut while holding them down firmly on a kitchen towel.
  • Arrange the scored chestnuts in a single layer, X side up on a sheet pan or cast iron pan.
  • Roast until the peel begins to curl up, about 20-25 minutes.
  • A few minutes before the chestnuts are done, make the salted coffee butter. Heat the butter and maple syrup in a small saucepot until bubbly. Remove from the heat and add the instant coffee and vanilla, stirring until the coffee is dissolved.
  • Remove chestnuts from the oven and place them X side up in a serving dish or platter. Pour the coffee butter over the nuts making sure to get the sauce into the cracks of the chestnuts. Place a clean towel or napkin over the chestnuts and left sit for 2 to 3 minutes until the chestnuts are cool enough to handle. Season generously with flaky salt and serve!

Salted Coffee Butter Roasted Chestnuts | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

And a very Merry Christmas!

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  1. 5 stars
    I randomly stumbled across chestnuts at grocery store (we are overseas and never really sure what we will find) and on a whim looked to see if you had a recipe for them. These were SO GOOD. I may actually dream about the salted butter from them. What else can I use that salted butter for? It was perfect. Would love to make these every Christmas! Thanks for another great recipe!

  2. 5 stars
    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.

  3. These remind me of the roasted chestnuts I saw on the streets of Rome, they smelled incredible! Merry Christmas, Tieghan! 🙂

  4. These look great! I’ve never actually had chestnuts but I feel like this is the perfect time of year to try them. Merry Christmas! I hope you and your family (and other guests) have the best time!

  5. I made chestnuts a few years ago and they did not look like this. and I’m quite sure they didn’t taste like this either 🙂 Your recipe is going to make me have to try them again!

  6. Love the trick of soaking chestnuts in boiling water first before scoring. It helps a lot. Merry Christmas!

  7. Merry Christmas to you Tieghan and please pass it along to your family. I can not wait to try these chestnuts my family has done chestnuts forever and this will be a nice surprise!

  8. Have a Merry Christmas!
    Thank you for all the wonderful recipes and special moments you have shared this year.
    You are so talented.

  9. Merry Christmas Tieghan…I found your blog this year and I have to say each day was more awesome than the last…Your recipes, stories and photos rock…Hope this year is as wonderful as the last…enjoy your time with your family and try to rest…so jealous we don’t have snow in New England this year…it’s predicting to be 60!!!

  10. Merry Christmas,Tieghan, to you and your family. I hope the holiday is magical. Thank you for a year of wonderfully unique recipes, and your great storytelling. Looking forward to more in the new year. Cheers, Ardith

  11. I cannot wait to try this recipe! Love your blog, you have such amazing recipes! I hope you have a merry Christmas and a happy new year!!