Candied Walnuts are awesome for holiday appetizers, baking, snacking, and so much more. This easy recipe comes together in only 5 minutes with just walnuts, butter, and brown sugar. It’s a (mostly) healthy holiday recipe that couldn’t be easier to toss together!
What’s in this Candied Walnut Recipe
This candied walnuts recipe is so simple. You just need walnuts, brown sugar, and butter, plus a few minutes of time to cook these up.
- Walnuts: They can be walnut halves or chopped walnuts, whichever you prefer.
- Butter: I like salted butter because the combo of salty and sweet really hits the spot! However, unsalted butter can certainly be used instead.
- Brown Sugar: Feel free to make your own by combining 1 cup of white granulated sugar and 1 TBSP (or more) of molasses.
PRO TIP: When you spread the walnuts out on a baking sheet to dry, make sure they’re not touching so they don’t stick together.
What else can I add?
Feel free to make this recipe for candied walnuts more fall-forward with a sprinkle of cinnamon and/or nutmeg. You can even spice things up (for that amazing balance of spicy and sweet) with some cayenne powder if you’re feeling adventurous.
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This may happen when they aren’t cooked for long enough on the stove top. You want the sugar to fully dissolve into the hot melted butter, which helps it to crystalize.
Caramelized walnuts contain a number of healthy brain compounds, including vitamin E, folate, melatonin, omega-3 fats, and antioxidants. Yes you’re making them a little less skinny by adding the sugar and butter, but I still love this healthy snack!
Nope! While some baked walnut recipes require you to soak them beforehand, that’s not the case for this quick and easy walnut candy recipe.
How to Store
Once they’re totally cooled to room temperature, you can store candied walnuts in an airtight container at room temperature (preferably in a cool, dark place) for up to 2 weeks.
How to Freeze
Let the candied walnuts fully cool to room temperature prior to transferring them to a freezer-safe storage container. Properly stored in the freezer, candied walnuts will last for up to 2 months.
Caramelized walnuts are such a tasty addition to baked cheese dips, salads, and baked goods. They’re even good all on their own! You definitely won’t have any trouble finding ways to eat up these tasty walnuts. One of my favorite ways to use them is on top of a brie bread bowl!