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Candied Walnuts are so easy to make with just a few ingredients. An addictive snack and perfect to top an ice cream sundae. This is a version of my mom’s secret recipe and a favorite to add to holiday gift baskets!
Walnuts are delicious but toasted walnuts are even better. This simple candied walnuts recipe adds a second step that toasts the walnuts with the brown sugar coating and they are the most delicious candied nut that I’ve ever tried!
Ingredients for Candied Walnuts:
- Brown Sugar
- Kosher Salt
- Vanilla Extract
- Walnut Halves
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How to Make Candied Walnuts:
- Add brown sugar, butter, water and salt to a pan and stir with a wooden spoon until combined.
- Bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat and boil about 1 minute.
- Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.
- Quickly mix in walnuts until well coated using a silicone spatula.
- Pour onto a silpat or parchment lined baking sheet in a single layer. A silpat is a silicone baking mat that is perfect for everything from baking cookies to frozen pizzas.
- Bake for 20 minutes.
- Remove from oven and allow to cool completely.
- Break apart and serve immediately.
How to Store Candied Nuts:
Candied nuts will last about a week at room temperature in an airtight container (these are my favorite deli containers for storing everything). Refrigerate for up to 3 weeks or freeze up to 3 months.
Nuts are best served at room temperature.
- Pecans can be substituted for walnuts.
- Add 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice to the brown sugar mixture.
- A pinch of red pepper can also go in with the brown sugar mixture for a sweet and spicy candied nut.
I make holiday goodie baskets for family and neighbors every Christmas and these Candied Walnuts are going to be the favorite this year. I found these super cute jars with lids from Amazon and they are perfect for making a homemade treat something special.
Add candied walnuts to your favorite cookies, to top ice cream, or just as a tasty snack but they are also a delicious addition to salads. Once you see how easy and delicious these candied nuts are, you will be making them again and again.
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- 2/3 cups brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons water
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 5 cups walnut halves
- Preheat oven to 350°.
- Line a baking sheet with a silpat or parchment paper.
- Add brown sugar, water, butter and salt to a pan and place over medium heat. Stir with a wooden spoon until all combined.
- Bring to a boil and cook for about 1 minute.
- Remove from heat, quickly stir in vanilla and walnuts. Mixing until well combined.
- Pour onto lined baking sheet and spread into a single layer.
- Bake for 20 minutes.
- Remove from oven and place pan on a wire rack to cool completely.
- Break apart and store in an airtight container.
Candied nuts can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature up to 1 week. Store in refrigerator up to 3 weeks or freeze for up to 3 months.
Best served at room temperature.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 399Total Fat: 35gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 30gCholesterol: 3mgSodium: 225mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 3gSugar: 13gProtein: 8g
Nutritional calculations are estimated and may not be accurate.