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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  • Catherine
    December 13, 2017

    I’m eating these off the pan as they cool! Going to add this to my charcuterie board this holiday season. This could not be easier. I can see these beauties on salads, topping for a mashed sweet potato side dish… but most especially for snacking! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      December 13, 2017

      I’m glad you love the recipe Catherine! Thanks for sharing your great review with other readers! Reply

  • Susan
    December 12, 2017

    These taste great and are so easy to make! Mine did turn out a bit sticky though. While that is not a problem for us, they are too sticky for gift giving. 🙁 Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 12, 2017

      Hi Susan, did you possibly change anything in the proportions – like adding more butter? They should firm up once they reach room temperature. Reply

  • Nana
    December 12, 2017

    Would maple syrup work as a substitute for sugar? Thanks. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 12, 2017

      Hi Nana, I haven’t tested that but I’m not sure if it would caramelize on the walnuts the same way or it might take much longer since maple syrup is liquid. Reply

  • December 9, 2017

    First time making these and I tripped the recipe. Mistake, HUGE mistake. I should have made the whole 12 cup bag into these delicious little nuggets. Quick, simple and addictive! Thanks for the great recipe! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      December 9, 2017

      You’re welcome Donny! I’m glad you enjoy the recipe. Thanks for sharing your great review! Reply

  • Any
    December 7, 2017

    I’ve done them with sunflower seeds and salted butter…. insane Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      December 7, 2017

      Great suggestion! Reply

  • Lisa
    November 30, 2017

    OK – Try this. Take granulated brown sugar maybe 1/4 cup, tablespoon or 2 of vanilla extract, tiny bit of water, shake of salt – cook on medium heat in nonstick pan until well blended, add walnuts….cook until coated, careful not to burn sugar. Heavenly – no butter, crunchy sweet exterior. My 7 year old is begging for them for breakfast. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      November 30, 2017

      Yummy! That does sound good! Thanks for sharing your tip with other readers Lisa! Reply

  • Joanie Moore
    November 30, 2017

    Good morning. I have a recipe similar to this but you use orange juice instead of butter and do it in the microwave. We like the little added punch of the juice. Do you think that your recipe would be okay with a shot of OJ in it?? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 30, 2017

      Hi Joanie, I’m not sure if adding the liquid would keep it from caramelizing correctly on the skillet. I just haven’t tested it to suggest that. Reply

  • Susan
    November 30, 2017

    I would love to give these to friends can I put them in a jar for the holidays and how long can they be kept Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 30, 2017

      Hi Susan, I haven’t maxed out the lifespan of these because they always get eaten right away, but keep it at room temperature in low moisture environment and I would guess they’d keep at least a week, maybe longer 🙂 Reply

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