Best Candied Walnut Recipes

Candied Walnut Shopping Tips

Stocking up on no-cook items like cheese, nuts, olives, crackers, and dips are great snacks to have on hand.

Candied Walnut Cooking Tips

When preparing snacks try to avoid repetition of similar foods and flavors - aim for variety in textures, colors, and cooking methods.

Crunchy Candied Walnuts - The Best Recipe

This crunchy candied walnuts recipe is one of my favorite recipes. I love the way the walnuts turn out at the end of the process: crunchy, sweet and super shiny.

If you notice, most of candied walnuts recipes out there have the white sugar coated the outside of walnuts. It likes you eating and munching on granulated sugar, in my opinion.

With the methods used in this recipe, we will get rid of that white coat. Instead, a shiny and very attracting coat is in place.

To sum up, these crunchy candied walnuts are not only tasty but also look amazing. You might not even believe they're homemade after you finished cooking.

  1. Make the sweet mixture. In a large mixing bowl, whisk the egg white and water together. Then add the brown sugar, vanilla, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg, and whisk again.

2. Add walnuts. Add walnuts and stir with a spoon making sure the nuts are well covered.

3. Prepare to bake. Spread the walnut mixture on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Smooth to all edges of the pan.

4. Bake. Bake the walnuts on 275 degrees for 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes. Remove to cool.


Once you have all your ingredients and supplies set up, you are ready to begin this simple process.

Over medium-low heat, add your butter, sugar, and walnuts to a large skillet. Using a wooden spoon, constantly stir the walnuts. Stirring helps to incorporate the sugar and butter and prevents any burning.

After around 3 minutes, the sugar will start to become sticking and brown. This is essentially making the “candy”.

Once the sugar starts to brown, add the water immediately and stir until nuts start to stick to the spoon about 1 additional minute.

Transfer your golden brown, sticky walnuts to your parchment-lined baking sheet and spread them out as best as you can. The candy will begin to harden on the buts.

Once fully cooled, store the nuts in an airtight container.

Warning, these candied walnuts are super addicting, but oh, so good! The best part? They are so easy to make and you can be enjoying them soon!

Note: Whenever working with cooked sugar, there is a fine timing line between caramelizing and burning your precious walnuts!

Brown Sugar Candied Walnuts

These Brown Sugar Candied Walnuts will be your go-to topping for sweets, salads, and snack mixes! But watch out or you might just find yourself eating the whole batch by the handful!

Can we talk about Halloween?

I&rsquom pretty sure that when I was young that on the afternoon of October 31st my mom let me dig through her closet to find something to wear for 2 hours that evening. Then we would bundle me up in every pair of sweatpants in the house along with my warmest coat and 3 scarves. Mom would let me use her Avon samples to apply whatever makeup I wanted. Those little teeny tiny lipstick samples were my favorite.

Finally my mom would put my &ldquocostume&rdquo over the stuffed sausage, stage makeup version of me and I would stand around (I couldn&rsquot sit because I was so bundled) until it was time to go outside. This was Ohio where snow and frigid temperatures are anxiously awaiting the calendar to turn the page to October. Fall- what is Fall? That lasts for about 17 minutes in September.

I remember the lady who gave out Little Debbie Cream Pies, the family who thought it was their mission in life to scare little children with severed head scarecrows and nausea-inducing strobe lights, as well as the neighbor who handed out pennies. <&ndash You are the worst. I&rsquom sorry but that&rsquos the truth. PENNIES?! Nobody wanted pennies even in the 80&rsquos.

These days my children begin Halloween festivities by October 15th at the latest. Costume ideas are secured shortly after the school year begins and there are variations based on the weather and if the event will be held indoors or outside. I swear I have enough candy from these events that I don&rsquot even have to go shopping for the actual event on October 31st. In fact my kids take a little stroll down our street and they are OVER IT. It&rsquos October in Ohio which means there is about an 80% chance that there is snow on the ground. They would rather hand out candy and see all of their friends come up to our house.

Then we go inside and check for needles and such. Well honestly these days I check for peanuts since my youngest son is allergic. He knows not to take the big guns- Reese&rsquos, Butterfinger, PayDay, etc. But I go through and do my culling and basically take everything and swap it out for safe candy that I have bought and set aside just for him.

Whenever I get the chance to eat nuts safely I take it. These Brown Sugar Candied Walnuts are so amazing that you will want to top everything with them. Toss them on an earthy salad, throw a few in a snack mix, or top your favorite ice cream with them. Stay tuned because I have a fabulous recipe coming up later in the week that uses them. You won&rsquot want to miss it!

Tips and Tricks in making easy caramel walnuts:

Use a non-stick skillet

Add all ingredients into a cold skillet.

Heat should be always high.

Stir occasionally for the first 5 minutes and constantly during the last one minute.

Cook until no moisture remains.

If you love walnuts, then you will love this Orange Walnut Cake or this Carrot Walnut Cake.

Packaging instructions for gift giving:

Wrap brown sugar caramel walnuts in clear cellophane. Tie with a pretty ribbon and you&rsquove got yourself a delicious (and easy) homemade holiday favor!

More holiday snack recipes :

The Best Cinnamon Sugar Candied Walnuts

It’s the season for gifting, and I’m sharing one of my family’s favorite recipes — cinnamon sugar candied walnuts! If you like addicting recipes, then you’re in the right place because these cinnamon spiced walnuts are amazing. You can’t just eat a couple!

I love to double the batch and divide them out in cute jars to gift to neighbors for the Christmas season. They’re delicious all year-round of course, but I especially love enjoying them during the holidays. Anytime you make cinnamon spiced nuts, your kitchen smell oh so festive!

I tied my cinnamon sugar candied walnuts up with calligraphy gift tags from Jerry & Julep. I’ve always wanted to have the calligraphy talent, but alas, I’m not sure it’s in the stars for me. I’m thankful there are those that are talented, however, because these tags are the cutest!

Back to these candied walnuts! I’ve been working with California Walnuts who sent over some shelled walnuts and a nutcracker. Blakely and I had a blast cracking the walnuts, but no worries, you can easily find walnut halves and pieces at any grocery store. No cracking required! :)

Can you make these with pecans or almonds? OF COURSE! Swap in your favorite nut. You can use this seasoning/flavoring on any nut.

I love this candied walnuts recipe because you can shake up the walnuts in a plastic bag with the cinnamon sugar seasoning. This way you know they’re evenly coated and it lets your little ones help. My daughter loves the shaking part!

Be sure you spread your cinnamon sugar seasoned walnuts in a single layer on a parchment-paper lined baking sheet. This ensure they all get roasted to perfection!

The egg white addition gives them the perfect crunch once they’re roasted in the oven.

The hardest part about making these cinnamon sugar candied walnuts is not eating them all before you’ve packaged them up for friends or family. Unless of course you’re just making them to enjoy yourself. In which case, enjoy because they’re so delicious!

Spiced candied nuts are such a nostalgic treat for me because they were a speciality of my grandparents who enjoyed both sweet nuts as well as spicy blends too.

I’ll have to try making these again next fall with a pumpkin pie spice blend in addition to the cinnamon. Don’t you think that would be fantastic? Or even a gingerbread blend! I love holiday flavors and this recipe is perfect for lots of taste-testing!

If you love walnuts as much as I do, then check out my Candied Walnut Bruschetta! It uses a similar idea for spiced cinnamon walnuts but as a topping on bruschetta. Oh my gracious, it’s SO good!

I also have a more traditional walnut recipe for those of you love chocolate chip walnut cookies! Enjoy!

The Trick to Making Candied Walnuts

The trick is to work very fast once the sugar starts melting, because once you mix in the walnuts, the candy syrup cools quickly and the walnuts will stick together.

You have 30 seconds or so to separate them before they are forever bonded by glassy, cooked sugar.

The other trick is to not burn the walnuts when you toast them. (Yes, we've done that before. )

Walnuts have a long history in nearly every civilization. It is thought that walnuts grew in Persia, many fossils and preserved walnuts have been found during archaeological digs. The walnuts were used for trade and spread to Europe, Africa and Asia. But, through history the walnut has always been an important food, the Romans thought walnuts were only eaten by the gods and in Persia only royalty was allowed to eat walnuts.

Types of Walnuts

English Walnuts

These are the most common type of walnut and got the name from English traders. The English walnuts were brought to America by Spanish missionaries in the early 1880s. They settled in Central California, which now produces most of the American English walnuts. These are the most popular type of walnut, because of the thin shell and little effort to crack the shell. The walnut meat is soft because of the high-fat content but has a sweet flavor and the skin taste slightly bitter.

Black Walnuts

The black walnuts got their name from their dark, black shells. They grow in the Western part of America. Cracking the shell of black walnut can be difficult because the shell is so thick. Often hammers or pliers must be used to open these thick shells and because of the walnuts oil, hands often get stained. Often, the nuts are soaked in water overnight, so walnut can be shelled easier. It is rare to remove the walnut meat in one piece, because of the shape of the shell. Black walnuts are not often eaten alone but mixed with other dishes, such as candy recipes and ice cream. The walnut meat has a very strong flavor, that is not pleasant to eat alone.

White Walnuts

The white walnut, sometimes called the butternut, grows in mostly the same areas as the black walnut and is closely related to the black walnut. It is a common tree, but the walnuts are not sold for eating. The white walnut extract was used by early American settlers to dye clothing. The shell of the white walnut is an oval shape and it is named after the white seeds that are found inside the shell. The walnut meat can be eaten, some people find the taste very rich, but pleasant.

Heartnut Walnut

This walnut is grown in clusters of nuts, sometimes thirty or more are growing together and will hang down about one foot. The shells are quite thin and the heartnut walnuts can be cracked easily, leaving the walnut meat together in one piece. These walnuts almost have a spicy flavor but are far crunchier than many of the other types of walnuts.

Arizona Walnut

This walnut can be found in Arizona and all the way down to Mexico. The Arizona walnuts are edible. They can be eaten raw, but often used for cooking. This walnut is similar to the black walnut because it produces an oil that will stain your hands and clothing.

Any type of walnut can be eaten daily and is a portion of healthy food. They are a great source of protein, vitamin B, folic acid, and vitamin E. They also have an extremely high level of polyunsaturated fat and are a good source of omega-3 fatty acids.

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Slow Cooker Crock Pot Sugared Candied Walnuts recipes

Ingredients for Crock Pot Candied Walnuts

  • Walnut Halves
  • Butter
  • Powdered sugar
  • Cinnamon
  • Ground cloves
  • Ground ginger

Recipe Tips

1 Pound of walnuts is equal to about 3 ¾ cups of walnuts.

Make sure to stir the walnuts randomly while they are cooking to keep them from joining together.

I like to spread the walnuts on a parchment-lined cookie sheet to allow them to cool down.

Honeyed Sesame Walnuts

1 hour 15 minutes, largely unattended. Makes about 7 cups.

  • ¼ cup honey
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup grape seed or other neutral oil
  • 1 teaspoon ancho chile powder
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 ½ pounds walnuts (about 7 cups)
  • ¼ cup white sesame seeds
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  1. Heat the oven to 275 degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Whisk the honey, sugar, oil, chile powder and 1 teaspoon salt in a large bowl. Add the walnuts and sesame seeds and toss to evenly coat. Spread in an even layer in the pan.
  3. Bake, stirring every 20 minutes, until golden brown and glazed, about 1 hour. Immediately sprinkle evenly with the black pepper and remaining 1 teaspoon salt.
  4. Slide the parchment off the pan onto a cooling rack and cool, stirring the nuts often to keep them separate, until crunchy and room temperature.

Spicy Honey Sesame Walnuts: Increase the ground ancho chile powder to 1 tablespoon.

Make Ahead
The nuts can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.

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Genevieve Ko is the former cooking editor for the Los Angeles Times. She is a cookbook author and has been a food writer, editor and recipe developer for national food media outlets. Ko graduated from Yale after a childhood in Monterey Park.

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