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How to Roast Chestnuts

How to Roast Chestnuts For the Perfect Holiday Snack

You know how the song goes, "Chestnuts roasting on an open fire . . . " If you've ever wondered exactly how to do that to get the perfect holiday snack, we've got you. For this recipe, the chestnuts are roasting in an oven instead of on an open fire (same thing, pretty much), but they're still wonderfully romantic and festive. And always grab a bunch of them while you can at the grocery store, because we guarantee you'll want to make these seasonal nuts more than once!

If you've never tried a chestnut, be sure to peel away the fuzzy inner skin just below the outer shell. Scoring the chestnuts generously prior to roasting them will make this step a lot easier. The inside of a roasted chestnut is soft, warm, and sweet — exactly what the holidays are all about. For this incredibly easy recipe (so easy, it should be called a technique!), keep reading.

Oven-Roasted Chestnuts

From YumSugar

Oven-Roasted Chestnuts


  1. 1 pound chestnuts


  1. Preheat oven to 425°F.
  2. Score a large X into the flat side of each chestnut.
  3. Roast chestnuts for approximately 30 minutes, shaking the pan every so often to ensure even cooking.
  4. When cool enough to handle, peel chestnuts and enjoy!

Makes 1 pound of roasted chestnuts.

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