Candied Walnuts

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    Candied walnuts, sometimes known as sugared walnuts or caramelized walnuts, they only take a few minutes to prepare and a handful of ingredients.

    overhead bowl of candied walnuts on a napkin

    They are super verstile, a great munchie on their own, they are also perfect on salads and for dessert recipes

    Candied walnuts are easy to make with just brown sugar, cinnamon and a pinch of salt. Add to any dessert, salad or more!

    Candied walnuts are easy, however, they require a watchful eye. It only takes a moment for brown sugar to go from melted and gooey to burnt.

    Use candied walnuts in salads or even desserts, like Balsamic Strawberry Parfaits and my Pear Salad with Honey Balsamic Dressing.

    Balsamic Strawberry Parfait- Easy dessert recipe with layers of ice cream, yogurt-whipped cream mix, macerated strawberries and candied walnuts. Perfect for feeding a crowd or dinner parties! www.savoryexperiments.com

    Don’t this discourage you from making them though. One day I was running low on time and hubby, being the wonderful man he is, offered to help me out in the kitchen.

    Walnut Fact: They are prehistoric and the oldest food tree known to man! Known as a nutritional “powerhouse” they have been providing omega 3s and other healthy fats since way long ago! 

    One of his tasks was to make Candied Walnuts and to be 100% honest, I was a little nervous. I’m a little OCD and sometimes have a “I’ll do it myself to make sure it gets done right” attitude, but I let him do it.

    angle of candied walnuts in a wood bowl

    And you know what, they turned out perfect! If can make them, so can you!

    I do recommend using a heavy bottom skillet to equally dispense heat and reduce the chance of burning. Fleur de sel will add another layer of sophistication and bring out the flavor in your walnuts. 

    homemade candied walnuts in a bowl

    If you opt to add cinnamon, make sure to use true cinnamon, read my The Truth About Cinnamon to make sure!

    What will you make with your Candied Walnuts? Inquiring minds want to know! Scroll down for more recipes with all sorts of walnuts! 

    homemade candied walnut recipe for Pinterest

    Other recipes that use walnuts:

    Party Cheese Ball
    This cheese ball with cream cheese is a classic Party Cheese Ball recipe, made with simple ingredients. A must-make for any and all parties! #partycheeseballrecipe #creamcheeseball www.savoryexperiments.com
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    10-Minute Rocky Road Fudge
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    Quick 10-Minute Rocky Road Fudge is the perfect holiday dessert and will complement any cookie tray! Chocolate, marshmallows and walnuts!

    Tools for making caramelized walnuts:

    Heavy Bottom Frying Pan– this will be one of your most used kitchen tools. Having something that is heavy bottom will distribute heat better and prevent burning whether you are using an electric or gas range. 

    Parchment Paper– perfect for letting your candied walnuts cool and harden. 

    close up of caramelized walnuts for pinterest

    Questions you might have about how to make candied walnuts: 

    How long are candied walnuts good for? This recipe is good for up to a week. Since they aren’t packaged with preservatives and other nonsense, they don’t last as long. 

    Do I need to refrigerate candied walnuts? Caramelized walnuts do not require refrigeration. In fact the sugar part will get super hard and need to come up to room temperture before eating. 

    Do candied walnuts have dairy? This recipe does include dairy because I use butter. 

    Can candied walnuts be made with a sugar substitute like Splenda or Equal? I am sure there are ways to do this, but my walnut recipe really needs brown sugar. 

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    Candied Walnuts

    Candied walnuts are easy to make with just brown sugar, cinnamon and a pinch of salt. Add to any dessert, salad or more!
    Prep Time1 min
    Cook Time5 mins
    Total Time6 mins
    Course: Dessert, Salad, Snack
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: candied walnuts
    Servings: 1 cup
    Calories: 1102kcal
    Author: Jessica Formicola

    Ingredients

    Instructions

    • Heat butter in a heavy bottom skillet over medium-high heat.
    • Add walnuts and sugar, tossing to coat. Allow sugar to melty and become sticky.
    • Spray a piece of parchment paper with cooking spray.
    • When walnuts are evenly coated, turn out onto parchment in a single layer. Sprinkle with cinnamon or fleur de sel (both optional).
    • Allow to cool, then crumble.
    • If you’ve tried this recipe, come back and let us know how it was! 

    Nutrition

    Calories: 1102kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 99g | Saturated Fat: 21g | Cholesterol: 60mg | Sodium: 212mg | Potassium: 563mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 38g | Vitamin A: 700IU | Vitamin C: 1.5mg | Calcium: 145mg | Iron: 3.7mg

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