Candied Walnuts Recipe

Walnuts are very good for your body. They are loaded in anti-oxidants and are great for the brain and the heart. They are also full of fiber, vitamins and minerals. Obviously, they are at their best without any sugar coating. However, add sugar to them and you have a great addition to many meals.

Candied walnuts can be eaten as a sweet and crunchy snack but are mostly popular as an addition to salads. They are very easy to make as well.

I do not add anything but sugar to my walnuts. I find that all you need to do is allow the sugar to melt and coat the walnuts for a nice result.

These candied walnuts will cluster once they are ready. Simply break them apart and use them to complement you favorite dish. I especially love them on spinach and fruit salads with blue cheese. Yum! Keep these candied walnuts in an air tight container in a cool place for up to 2 weeks.

Make sure you are using fresh walnuts for this as there is nothing that will ruin your experience more than to bite into a stale nut.

Here is what you are going to need for these easy and delicious candied walnuts:

1 cup halved walnuts
½ cup granulated sugar

Place walnuts and sugar in a skillet. Cook, shaking pan frequently, until sugar melts and starts caramelizing. Make sure to coat walnuts well. Remove from heat and cool down.

If the sugar clumps once it is cold simply break it into pieces.

Use as a topping for salads or on fruit.

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  • Thank you so much for this great video! 2 questions:
    How did you cool them?
    Is it necessary to spray your pan with pam or anything?

  • Hi Kelly!
    Thanks for coming by! I appreciate it so much! I used a nonstick pan for this so I did not use any spay. I really don’t think you need any. I let the walnuts cool down a bit in the pan- until I could handle them – and then broke them apart and placed them on a plate. Hope this helps! Have a wonderful weekend!
    Mary Ann

  • I think I stirred too much! My sugar turned into tiny clumps and didn’t coat the nuts well. Any suggestions? Thank you!

  • Hi Kerrie!
    I am sorry I did not reply sooner! I was on vacation. I am also sorry your walnuts did not work . . .By now you probably got rid of them already. I do not think there was anything you could have done to recover them – short of removing the nuts and starting again. Hopefully you did not throw everything away! Take care!
    Mary Ann

  • I really love this recipe! It was very easy to do. Now I will make this all the time for my fruit and walnut salads that I love so much. My cousin was also having trouble finding candied walnuts in the grocery store so I forward her this recipe too.

  • Thank you Shariem! I really appreciate you coming by and letting me know. I am so happy this worked out for you! Take care!
    Mary Ann

  • You are TOO cute, Mary Ann. Thank you for this video. I am putting together my menu, for Christmas, and this was so helpful!!!!! I just love your happy smile. Bless you!

  • Thank you so much Adele! I am so happy this helped you! Thank you for your support. It means a lot to me! Have a great week!
    Mary Ann

  • Hi Mary Ann, I needed candied walnuts as part of a recipe for roasted beets Napoleon. After looking through many recipes online i ran across your video. It REALLY helped add that personal touch and made it a lot easier to try the recipe. Do you have any suggestions that can enhance the flavor of the walnuts during the ‘candied’ process? I saw one recipe that included cayenne pepper. Your thoughts?

  • Hi Dan!
    Thanks for the message. I am happy this helped! I think cayenne is great. You could also try cinnamon. I appreciate you coming by!
    Mary Ann

  • I wanted to make a spinach, strawberry salad for Easter, but couldn’t find one with candied walnuts. Truthfully, I was scared to death that it would be involved and hard to do. But you made it so easy!! I did add a touch of cinnamon. I had your video running in the background, as if you were talking me through it. They are PERFECT, 1st time. Thank you. And Happy Easter.

  • Yay! I am so happy these worked for you! Thank you so much for letting me know! Happy Easter to you too! Have a great week!
    Mary Ann

  • Have followed written recipe countless times but never come out right..hard, like toffy, etc. Your video was what I needed to see the steps/consistency. Thank you MaryAnn..I’ll be back!

  • Hi Cynthia!
    I am so happy to hear this! Awesome! Thanks for coming by. Have a great Holiday Season!
    Mary Ann

  • Yay! I am happy to hear this! Thank you so much for giving it a try and letting me know! Happy Holidays!
    Mary Ann

  • Actually, I had better results with a different proportion: 1-1/2 cups walnut halves to 1/2 cup of sugar! It turned out perfectly coated with a hint of heat from the cayenne pepper I added. Thank you so much for your recipe and video.

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