5 Minute Candied Walnuts

These caramelized, candied walnuts are quite a treat. Toss them into your salad, over popcorn, or straight into your mouth. Crunch. Crunch.

These caramelized, candied walnuts are quite a treat. Toss them into your salad, over popcorn, or straight into your mouth. Crunch. Crunch. 

I love this easy method of making the candied nuts where everything goes into the pan at once. Other methods I’ve tried left me with globs of candy on the nuts rather than a more even coating. 

It also roasts the nuts at the same time so you don’t have to pre-toast them, then add them back to the pan to be coated, blah, blah. Who needs extra steps? 

It seriously takes about 5 minutes on the stove and 5 minutes to cool. The finished product is delicious! My husband was sampling them right out of the pan. P.S. This recipe can easily be doubled.   

Ingredients for Candied Walnuts:

1 cup walnut halves/pieces (you can also use this recipe for candied pecans)
1/4 cup white granulated sugar
1 Tbsp unsalted butter

How To Make 5 Minute Candied Walnuts:

1. Heat a medium non-stick skillet over medium heat, add 1 cup walnuts, 1/4 cup granulated sugar and 1 Tbsp butter.

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2. Heat over medium heat for 5 minutes, stirring frequently so your mixture doesn’t burn (especially towards the end).  When the sugar mixture starts melting, stir constantly until all sugar is melted and nuts are coated.

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3. Transfer immediately onto a sheet of parchment paper and separate the nuts right away. Using two spatulas will make this task go faster.

You don’t want to give the nuts a chance to turn into a wad of inseparable delicious goodness unless you are the only person who will be enjoying the wad ;). Seriously, move quickly from the time the nuts are coated until they are separated out on the parchment paper.

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Once the coating hardens (5-7 minutes), you can transfer them to a bowl and either inhale them right then and there or save ’em for a salad or something.

These caramelized, candied walnuts are quite a treat. Toss them into your salad, over popcorn, or straight into your mouth. Crunch. Crunch. These caramelized, candied walnuts are quite a treat. Toss them into your salad, over popcorn, or straight into your mouth. Crunch. Crunch.

Enjoy,  {crunch} pin it to your “recipes to keep forever” board, {crunch. crunch} and let me know how you liked the candied walnuts! {Crunch. Cruuunch. Crunch} 

5 minute Candied Walnuts

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Toss these caramelized walnuts into your salad, over popcorn, or straight into your mouth. Crunch. Crunch. I love this easy method of making the candied nuts where everything goes into the pan at once. Other methods I've tried left me with globs of candy on the nuts rather than a more even coating. It also roasts the nuts at the same time so you don't have to pre-toast them, then add them back to the pan to be coated, blah, blah. Who needs extra steps? It seriously takes about 5 minutes on the stove and 5 minutes to cool. P.S. This recipe can easily be doubled.
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Skill Level: Easy
Cost To Make: $3
Serving: 1 cup

Ingredients

  • 1 cup walnut halves/pieces (you can also use this recipe for candied pecans)
  • ¼ cup white granulated sugar
  • 1 Tbsp unsalted butter

Instructions

  1. Heat a medium non-stick skillet over medium heat, add 1 cup walnuts, ¼ cup granulated sugar and 1 Tbsp butter.
  2. Heat over medium heat for 5 minutes, stirring frequently so your mixture doesn't burn (especially towards the end). When the sugar mixture starts melting, stir constantly until all sugar is melted and nuts are coated.
  3. Transfer immediately onto a sheet of parchment paper and separate the nuts right away. Using two spatulas will make this task go faster. You don't want to give the nuts a chance to turn into a wad of inseparable delicious goodness unless you are the only person who will be enjoying the wad ;). Seriously, move quickly from the time the nuts are coated until they are separated out on the parchment paper.
  4. Once the coating hardens (5-7 minutes), you can transfer them to a bowl and enjoy!

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P.S. If you haven’t allready, make sure to try our honey roasted almonds. They are also amazing

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  • Cathy
    October 8, 2017

    I made your great recipe with pecans and included a bt of apple pie spice. Then I roughly chopped some of the cooled candied nuts and sprinkled them as a garnish over whipping cream. Looked and tasted great on top of apple or pumpkin pie Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      October 8, 2017

      Yum, that sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing your great tip with other readers Cathy! Reply

  • Betty
    October 7, 2017

    I made this today for the first time ever making candied nuts. Directions were easy to follow. The end product was unbelievable!!! Just enough sugar without being to sweet. Thank you. Will be making this again! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      October 7, 2017

      You’re welcome Betty! I’m glad to hear how much you enjoy the recipe! Thanks for sharing your fantastic review! Reply

  • October 5, 2017

    Made these last night. Delicious! Thanks for the recipe! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      October 5, 2017

      You’re welcome Lesley! I’m glad to hear that! Reply

  • DrRoluda
    September 26, 2017

    Thank you for this recipe! I was looking for something simple. This worked perfectly. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      September 26, 2017

      You’re welcome! I’m glad you enjoy the recipe! Reply

  • Areti
    September 18, 2017

    These are sooo good! Love the simple method and detailed instructions. Thank you so much! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      September 18, 2017

      You’re welcome Areti! I’m glad you enjoy the recipe so much! Thanks for sharing your great review! Reply

  • Ritu
    September 17, 2017

    Hi! Great recipe ! Can it be used for hazelnut as well? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      September 17, 2017

      Hi Ritu, I haven’t tried hazelnut for this, but I do think it’s worth an experiment! 🙂 Reply

  • julie
    September 12, 2017

    Great recipe Natasha. So easy and quick yet really moves a meal up a notch. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      September 12, 2017

      Thanks Julie! I’m glad to hear you enjoy the recipe! Thanks for sharing 🙂 Reply

  • Viviana Pereira
    September 4, 2017

    Would I be able to substitute the sugar with granulated splenda? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      September 4, 2017

      I haven’t tried that so I have no idea if it would caramelize properly. I actually have no experience with splenda to be honest. Maybe someone else has some insight into this. Thanks in advance! 🙂 Reply

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