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Candied Walnuts

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!

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Ingredients for Candied Walnuts:

Ingredients for candied walnuts salt, vanilla, brown sugar, butter, walnuts

  • Brown Sugar
  • Butter
  • Water
  • Kosher Salt
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Walnut Halves

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How to Make Candied Walnuts:

skillet with water, brown sugar, salt and butter for making candied nuts

  • Add brown sugar, butter, water and salt to a pan and stir with a wooden spoon until combined. 

caramelized brown sugar and butter mixture in a skillet for candied walnuts

  • Bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat and boil about 1 minute.
  • Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. 

Candied Walnuts in a skillet with a spatula

  • Quickly mix in walnuts until well coated using a silicone spatula.

Candied walnuts on a silpat lined baking sheet

  • 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. 

toasted candied walnuts on a silpat lined baking sheet

  • Remove from oven and allow to cool completely. 

Candied Walnuts on a sheet pan

  • Break apart and serve immediately. 

Overhead view of bowl of candied walnuts with red napkin

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.

Recipe Variations:

  • 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.

Candied walnuts in a small jar and a bowl, red bow to the side

Serve candied nuts as an appetizer for holiday gatherings and it’s also a great addition to a desserts table. 

Candied walnuts in a lidded jar with a red bow for a holiday gift

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. 

Candied Walnuts in a white bowl on a red check napkin, a few walnuts on the wood table

Delicious Walnut Treats

overhead view, candied walnuts in a jar and a bowl, pine cones on the table, red napkin and a few walnuts scattered

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. 




Yield: 5 cups

Candied Walnuts

Candied Walnuts in a small jar for a gift, pine cones and red bow with a white bowl of walnuts

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!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 2/3 cups brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 5 cups walnut halves


  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Line a baking sheet with a silpat or parchment paper.
  3. Add brown sugar, water, butter and salt to a pan and place over medium heat. Stir with a wooden spoon until all combined.
  4. Bring to a boil and cook for about 1 minute.
  5. Remove from heat, quickly stir in vanilla and walnuts. Mixing until well combined.
  6. Pour onto lined baking sheet and spread into a single layer.
  7. Bake for 20 minutes.
  8. Remove from oven and place pan on a wire rack to cool completely.
  9. 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.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


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.

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