Oven Roasted Chestnuts with Spiced Melted Butter

[Photograph: Marvin Gapultos]

Served as is, or dipped in melted butter, warm roasted chestnuts are indeed creamy, nutty, and sweet. And when paired with a snifter of brandy, or even a shot of whiskey, roasted chestnuts can make for a wonderfully warming winter snack.

Choose chestnuts that are firm to the touch (there shouldn't be much give when the shell is squeezed) with smooth taut skins.