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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.

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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 (not coarse 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 (with a heat proof non-plastic spatula) 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

4.73 from 191 votes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
These caramelized, candied walnuts are quite a treat. Toss them into your salad, over popcorn, or straight into your mouth. Crunch. Crunch.
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.
Author: Natasha of NatashasKitchen.com
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $3
Keyword: Candied Walnuts
Cuisine: American
Course: Appetizer, snack
Servings: 1 cup

Ingredients

  • 1 cup walnut halves/pieces you can also use this recipe for candied pecans
  • 1/4 cup white granulated sugar (not coarse sugar)
  • 1 Tbsp unsalted butter

Instructions

  1. Heat a medium non-stick skillet over medium heat, add 1 cup walnuts, 1/4 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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  • Amanda
    May 3, 2021

    I love this recipe, so easy and SO good in salads! I find sometimes the melted sugar/butter mixture has a hard time actually coating and sticking to the nuts..anyone have the same problem or know of a way to fix it? Am i using too much butter?

    Reply

    • Natasha
      May 3, 2021

      Hi Amanda, make sure to try the recipe as written with the same measurements. Also, make sure to let the sugar and butter melt adequately (avoid using very high heat to speed up the process).

      Reply

  • Kayla
    April 24, 2021

    Hi! I’m going to make these tomorrow but wonder how long they keep for? If I put in a sandwich bag will they last a little while (I’m looking to add them to salads and things throughout the week)
    Thanks!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 24, 2021

      Hi Kayla, It is best to store the nuts in a cool, dry environment. I keep them in Tupperware in my pantry, and they last about a week. Do not refrigerate, or they can become sticky from the moisture in the refrigerator. It also is not ideal for keeping them in a humid environment

      Reply

  • Sadie
    March 29, 2021

    Excellent. The coating was hard and crunchy. Not cloyingly sweet. Subbed pecan halves. Added a pinch of cayenne, cinnamon and salt. Used salted butter.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 29, 2021

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

      Reply

  • Harmony
    March 23, 2021

    So great, I am quite skeptical with caramel as it’s quite hard and get weary every time I try it. But this was super easy and really did only take 5 minutes. Definitely recommend

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 23, 2021

      Thank you so much for sharing that with me. I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

      Reply

  • Nancy
    March 17, 2021

    Do I have to use unsalted butter?

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 17, 2021

      Hi Nancy, I haven’t tested with salted butter, but it should still work.

      Reply

  • Richa
    March 16, 2021

    Hey can I use the same method for other nuts like Cashews, pecan, almonds??

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  • Alois
    March 14, 2021

    I’ve made this recipe maybe 4 times now, and I really like it! My only problem is the coating tends to become uneven – some walnuts are barely coated, while there are lone chunks of caramel elsewhere. I cook them until the sugar starts browning too much. Any fixes? Thanks 🙂

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    • Natasha
      March 15, 2021

      Hi Alois, I wonder if your heat is too high? Also, it works best to use a non-stick skillet.

      Reply

  • Zehra
    January 31, 2021

    It’s simple and amazing, I love it!!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 31, 2021

      Great to know that! Thank you so much.

      Reply

  • Sophia
    January 24, 2021

    This is a great recipe! So easy and delicious!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 25, 2021

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

      Reply

  • Jessica von Ziegenweidt
    January 22, 2021

    I really need help the caramel in some places just becomes glunky, even though I followed the recipe. Some nuts are coated but some also have rock hard pieces of caramel.

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    • Natasha
      January 22, 2021

      Hi Jessica, that could be due to too high of heat – also a good non-stick skillet works best for this recipe.

      Reply

  • Elizabeth
    January 16, 2021

    perfect! so easy and delicious

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  • Leslie Snow
    January 6, 2021

    What a quick and delicious way to make nuts for a salad or sundae. We only cooked them for 4 minutes and it was perfect.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 6, 2021

      So great to hear that, Leslie. Thank you so much for your good comments and review!

      Reply

  • Marty Johnson
    December 31, 2020

    My wife wants candied walnuts with our stay home New Years dinner salad. Couldn’t find them anywhere so low and behold I made them using your recipe. They came out great I won’t tell her how easy it was to make!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      December 31, 2020

      I’m so excited you discovered this recipe! It takes just 5 minutes to make the tastiest walnuts! I’m glad you enjoeyd it!

      Reply

  • Lauren
    December 26, 2020

    This was so easy! Thanks so much. It was another culinary first for me, but not my last! 🙂

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      December 26, 2020

      It really is easy! Thank you for that great review, Lauren!

      Reply

  • Mary
    December 24, 2020

    Super easy! Love your recipes! This one is sure to be a hit!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      December 24, 2020

      Thank you for that wonderful feedback, Mary! That’s so great!

      Reply

  • Ann-Marie L
    December 23, 2020

    Tried this recipe because I needed some last minute Christmas gifts and I am so glad I did! This is so easy and yummy! I ended up doing cashews, walnuts and pecans. SO GOOD!!! Thanks Natasha for perfecting this recipe–worked like a charm!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      December 23, 2020

      That’s just awesome! Thank you for sharing your wonderful review!

      Reply

  • Jeannie Akin
    December 19, 2020

    For candied walnuts how does using brown sugar work out?

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      December 20, 2020

      Hi Jeannie, I recall at least some readers mentioned using brown sugar with great results. I hope you love the candied walnuts!

      Reply

  • Nancy Ramadan
    December 19, 2020

    You are super Natasha. I like all your receipe.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      December 19, 2020

      You’re so nice! Thank you!

      Reply

  • Carl Greeno
    December 19, 2020

    Natasha, since your not boiling this, do you think you could substitute honey for the sugar?

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      December 19, 2020

      Hi Carl, I haven’t tried honey yet to advise but it would probably work if it’s unflavored. If you do an experiment, please share with us how it goes.

      Reply

  • Shari
    December 19, 2020

    Can I do the same with pecans?

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      December 19, 2020

      Hi Shari! This will work great with pecans!

      Reply

  • Jami Thompson
    December 19, 2020

    Yay ! Always looking for a shortcut. I did this with pecans and walnuts (mmmmm) and put them in a large bowl with a lid and shook vigorously to separate them 🙂 Thanks Ever So

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      December 19, 2020

      You’re welcome! I’m so happy you enjoyed it!

      Reply

  • S
    December 16, 2020

    Very easy and tasty!!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      December 16, 2020

      Thank you!

      Reply

  • Tina Smith
    December 10, 2020

    Ok seriously!!! You are so much fun to watch.
    So I just made these candies walnuts and added a splash of homemade vanilla and cayenne pepper. After laying them out on the sheet pan I sprinkled with sea salt. Oh my!!!!! Delicious!!!!

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    • Tina Smith
      December 10, 2020

      I also added some pumpkin pie spice as well.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      December 10, 2020

      Aren’t they so good!! I’m so glad you’re enjoying our recipes, and thank you so much for that wonderful compliment!

      Reply

  • Edna
    December 6, 2020

    I’ve been a stalker for quite some time and this is the 2nd recipe I’ve tried. They were both wonderful. Just made these with walnuts that had been in the freezer for ages (Cave Man food as my sons calls it cause they were in the freezer a looong time)and Costco cashews. Everything was done in less than 10 minutes and I only burnt the roof of my mouth 3 times. Excellent quick recipe. Thank you!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      December 6, 2020

      You’re welcome, Edna. Thanks for sharing some good comments and feedback with us!

      Reply

  • Robanne Johnston
    December 4, 2020

    Would a cast iron pan work?

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    • Natasha
      December 4, 2020

      Hi, I haven’t tried this in a cast iron pan, but I suspect the sugar might get stuck to the pan.

      Reply

    • Mandi Ritman
      April 30, 2021

      It is very easy to remove caramel if you pour some boiling water in the pan. If it still really sticks you could repeat the process or stir the water or scratch the caramel with a wooden spatula.

      (Sorry for any mistakes, I’m twelve years old and a German)

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      • Natasha's Kitchen
        April 30, 2021

        Thanks for your tips and keep up the great work, Mandi!

        Reply

  • Kelli
    December 3, 2020

    Can I use plant based butter instead of real butter for this candied nut recipe?

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      December 4, 2020

      I haven’t tried that yet to advise but I imagine that should work fine too.

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    • Melanie A Todd
      December 19, 2020

      I have used plant based butter for this recipe, worked out just fine.

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      • Natashas Kitchen
        December 19, 2020

        Thank you for sharing that with us Melanie!

        Reply

  • Mani Murphy
    November 29, 2020

    Stunning! So easy. I was very cautious with the heat, and had to turn the element up above medium on my stove. When the sugar and butter finally melted, it all happened in a rush, and yes, all the nuts stuck together at that point. But using the two spatulas to separate them was the answer. Thanks Natasha for the excellent tip, and the great recipe.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      November 30, 2020

      Good job! I’m so glad you loved the end result, I sure hope it was all worth it. Thanks for your great feedback!

      Reply

  • KK
    November 26, 2020

    Holy moly. Have the parchment READY. These come out gooey and hot! So good. Thank you!

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    • Natasha
      November 26, 2020

      Hi, I’m so happy you loved the candied walnuts. I’d love to know how you plan to use them or serve them. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

      Reply

  • Marlene Kaiser
    November 23, 2020

    I made 4 cups of walnuts and added two teaspoons of cinnamon. I made a second batch where I put the walnuts in my air fryer to roast and melted the butter and sugar + cinnamon then just mixed the nuts in the melted mixture. They both were very good snacks, am giving them to all my family for thanksgiving.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 23, 2020

      I’m so happy you enjoyed that. Thank you for sharing that with us!

      Reply

  • Kate
    November 21, 2020

    Very nice! I make walnut scrimp and these are perfect.
    Love your recipes!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 21, 2020

      I’m so glad you’re enjoying our recipes, Kate! Thank you for sharing that awesome review with me!

      Reply

      • Emily
        December 4, 2020

        Only have margarine right now. Think it will work? Thanks

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        • Natashas Kitchen
          December 4, 2020

          Hi Emila, I haven’t tested with that to advise. If you happen to experiment, I would love to know how you like that.

          Reply

  • Diane
    November 18, 2020

    Can you add a variation for spiced nuts? I’m thinking throwing in some seasoning spice to the pan would be great for the holidays coming up.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 18, 2020

      Hmm! I haven’t tested that, but it sounds delicious! If you experiment, let me know how you liked the recipe.

      Reply

  • Brenda
    November 15, 2020

    These nuts are amazingly simple and delicious!!! Thank you so much!!!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      November 15, 2020

      You are most welcome, Brenda. Glad you loved it!

      Reply

  • Norma Mark
    November 8, 2020

    Have made these several times, following your easy directions as written. They come out great every time! Only problem is keeping my paws out of the bowl!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      November 8, 2020

      Lovely to hear that! Thank you for your good comments and feedback, Norma.

      Reply

  • Stacey
    November 6, 2020

    First time making these and they came out perfect and delicious! And it was so easy. Thanks for sharing!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 6, 2020

      You’re welcome! I’m glad you enjoyed that Stacey!

      Reply

  • Janis
    October 11, 2020

    I am dealing with the tail end of last years walnuts. This years are dropping as I type here in SW France. The best way to store these please and how long will they keep. I have a LOT to deal with and would like to make them into gifts for Christmas if they will keep that long.

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    • Natasha
      October 12, 2020

      Hi Janis, I think it would be too early to make them now. 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.

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  • Stacey
    October 6, 2020

    Follow the recipe! At least the first time so you know how it’s supposed to turn out. The first time I made this I subbed in brown sugar because I had run out of granulated white sugar. It took forever to melt and ended up very goopy and hard to work with. Still tasted pretty good but with a thick candy coating and a little overdone due to increased melting time. The next time I used white sugar and it was much easier and coated evenly.
    5 stars because it’s so simple and comes together fast. No whipping egg whites and baking for a long time. The nuts get toasted in the process so it’s just one step for amazing candied nuts. I used a mix of nuts and it’s delicious and addictive.
    Note: if you double the recipe it takes more time so just watch it and keep stirring.

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  • Debbie
    September 3, 2020

    This recipe worked perfectly from the very first time I made it. Now I make a double batch every time, they are so good. I think the secret is to continually stir the mixture until the butter and sugar have turned golden brown. That way the nuts are well coated.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      September 4, 2020

      I love it! Thanks for sharing your good experience with this recipe, Debbie. Yes that is definitely a great observation!

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  • Stephen Clark Greenberg
    August 31, 2020

    Works perfectly! I didn’t have a nonstick pan so I just put parchment paper over my stainless steel one and cooked directly on that!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      September 1, 2020

      I’m so glad to know that, Stephen. Thank you for sharing that with us!

      Reply

  • Terry
    August 17, 2020

    Delish!!
    I also tried on almond slivers then sprinkled with a mixture of cinnamon and sugar.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 17, 2020

      Yum! Thank you so much for sharing that with me Terry!

      Reply

  • Chelsea
    August 6, 2020

    Wow! I am so surprised at how much more simple this recipe is in comparison to others I had looked at and the taste is phenomenal!!!! Love that this requires no baking and only 3 ingredients; really 1 because I would consider sugar and butter as staples in the house. Dangerously delicious

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 6, 2020

      Thank you for that wonderful review, Chelsea! I’m so glad you enjoyed this recipe!

      Reply

  • William Yelvington
    August 3, 2020

    I love hate this recipe ,
    I’m a vegetarian that was perfectly happy with walnuts and pecans before I started making this. Now I double the batch with the intention of saving for recipes. HA! they are usually gone the same day. Then I have to ride my mtb or road bike an extra hundred miles that week.
    Simple really really good

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 3, 2020

      Sounds like you have a new favorite, William! Thank you for that wonderful review!

      Reply

  • Peggy
    July 20, 2020

    Omg. Your recipe is fantastic. I had to stop myself from eating too many! Thank you Natasha!!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 20, 2020

      You’re welcome! It sounds like you have a new favorite!

      Reply

  • Sherri
    July 18, 2020

    I made this, exactly as the recipe states. Fabulous and easy!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 18, 2020

      Yay! That’s so great Sherri! I’m so happy you enjoyed this!

      Reply

  • Linda
    July 11, 2020

    I made these exactly according to the instructions and they came out perfect! I did watch it very closely because I’ve made a lot of flan and I know that once the sugar starts to melt it can go very quickly. Thanks for sharing this. Now I have something different to put in my salads!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 11, 2020

      You’re welcome Linda! We love adding this to our salad!

      Reply

  • Ben
    July 6, 2020

    If you’re having problems with the sugar mix falling off the nuts, I propose that you shuffle the instructions a bit. I melt the butter/sugar together just until it caramelizes and then turn the heat off and dump the walnuts in. Keep stirring, stirring, stirring. The sugar mixture will initially not want to stick, but as it cools, it will get thicker. Eventually, it will get thick enough that it will stick to the nuts. I then spread my nuts in a one nut high layer, but they’re all still interlocked (I don’t bother with separating them). I let them cool fully then come back 5min later and break the mass up. This works great for me because I don’t care if the nuts look pretty or not. I just dump them in my salad anyway, so bits and pieces work fine.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      July 6, 2020

      Thank you for sharing the tweaks that you did with us, Ben. That is very helpful, we appreciate it!

      Reply

  • Ellen
    June 28, 2020

    I am diabetic and wanted to have sugared nuts for my salads. This recipe was perfect. I used Agave and Stevia for the sugar and followed the instructions. Turned the temperature down and stirred constantly. They turned out delicious and perfect coating. Thank you for this great recipe.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      June 28, 2020

      So happy to hear that you made a healthier version of this recipe. Thank you for sharing that with us!

      Reply

  • bzx
    June 11, 2020

    Didn’t work for me. Nuts never went brown, sugar never dissolved. Looked like I’d made a butter/sugar mix for a cake and coated the nuts in it.

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    • Natasha
      June 11, 2020

      Hi, the nuts should not go brown in the skillet. You might try increasing the heat slightly and give it a little more time. Also, I always suggest to make sure to use the same proportions without substitutions on the first round.

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    • ANNA
      September 11, 2020

      You must use a good quality of sugar. If it is not it will not melt.

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  • Zac
    June 4, 2020

    This recipe works better if you melt the butter and sugar first with a couple tablespoon of water to fully disolve the sugar making a simple Carmel pouring this over the nuts in a pan and tossing them worked like a charm for me

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      June 5, 2020

      Thanks for your input and suggestions, Zac!

      Reply

  • edward h
    May 26, 2020

    For me, medium is too high a temp. Switch to med low and the butter won’t burn. Or, I could have used unsalted butter. (That would have been a better idea.) You have to begin breaking the walnuts apart while in the pan. I was basically hammering the walnut mixture from the 2 minute mark. Love the idea and the flavor would be better had I not burned the butter, which, again, was in part due to the high temp.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 26, 2020

      Thank you for sharing those tips with us Edward!

      Reply

  • Anonymous
    May 25, 2020

    To make it even easier, instead of using parchment paper I just kept stirring the nuts in the pan after the heat was off. When the caramel was thick enough to stick I separated the nuts in the pan and let them cool there. Should probably have gone easier on the heat with this approach.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 25, 2020

      Thanks for sharing that with us!

      Reply

  • Alaina
    May 24, 2020

    I could not make this work! I tried three times but always ended up with clumpy bits of sugar stuck together instead of the walnuts. Clearly it worked for other people but I have no idea what I’m doing wrong
    I’m posting this mostly so that anyone else who tries and fails knows they are not alone!

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    • Natasha
      May 26, 2020

      Hi Alaina, I just made these the other day and the key is to keep it on a non-stick skillet and on the heat until the sugar fully melts then spread the nuts onto the parchment paper right away and separate them so the sugar sets on the individual nuts. I hope that helps.

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    • Gayle
      June 7, 2020

      I have the same issue 😕

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  • Mimi
    May 11, 2020

    Quick tip, melt the butter and sugar before putting the nuts in. Otherwise you’ll end up with clumps of uneven melted and unmelted sugar.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 11, 2020

      Thank you for sharing that with us Mimi.

      Reply

  • Hallie
    May 5, 2020

    Hi,

    I just made these. They didn’t turn out very sweet and have a dark color coating. I am wondering if I burned the sugar? What do you think?

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 5, 2020

      Hi Hallie, that is possible. Was anything altered in the recipe? Maybe it was cooked on a higher heat?

      Reply

  • Lynn Hochaime
    May 2, 2020

    Just tried making those, took 5 minutes! First time I succeed at making candied nuts – I always give up at the point when the sugar hasn’t melted yet and it looks like a powdery mess, the trick is to keep going.
    Thank you for the recipe!

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 3, 2020

      Awesome! Thanks for sharing your experience with us.

      Reply

  • Rits
    April 20, 2020

    So my nuts dry fine and then later stick together after I put them into a container. This happens even if I put them into the fridge. What gives? How do I solve this?

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 20, 2020

      Hi Rits, It is best to store the nuts in a cool dry environment. I keep them in Tupperware in my pantry and they last about a week. Do not refrigerate or they can become sticky from the moisture in the refrigerator. It also is not ideal to keep them in a humid environment

      Reply

  • D
    April 14, 2020

    Can you use them from straight under the tree when there wet ?

    Reply

  • Rose
    April 1, 2020

    I’ve added honey along with the sugar. However I’ve used brown for the recipe.
    A couple of squirts of the honey adds a fabulous taste

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 1, 2020

      Thank you for sharing that with me!

      Reply

  • Jane
    February 21, 2020

    Very good recipe with simple ingredients, proportions are excellent for candied walnuts but I always read the comments to gauge how I may need to tweak or even embellish a recipe so after reading reviews stating sugar did not melt, I made sugar mixture combining equal amts brown and regular and added 2 T water per recipe. I set the heat at medium-high and allowed the sugar to melt and turn a caramelized color. It Helps to use ample size No -stick pans. I added a little vanilla paste, cayenne pepper and the walnuts…coated all and made sure all walnuts were covered…didn’t take long at all. I put on covered cookie sheets, spread out quickly as stated and sprinkled with fleur de Sel. Excellent!
    I also made 1 cup batch same and added 1 T Hershey dark chocolate powder and scant (1/4t?) Starbucks instant arabica micro ground coffee and again, salting once on sheet. Very happy with results. Happy baking!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 21, 2020

      I’m so happy you enjoyed that. Thank you for sharing that with us!

      Reply

  • Kiki
    February 9, 2020

    I really like this pan method since it skips the extra step of toasting the nuts. However, I did make some changes for my taste. I followed the recipe exactly but when I tasted it I felt it needed a richer sweetness from brown sugar. I ended up adding maybe 1/4 of brown sugar and some vanilla extract. Next time I make this recipe I will probably try 50/50 brown and white sugar. Still a great recipe for me! I hope it works just as well on pecans.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 10, 2020

      Hello Kiki. Thanks for sharing and for giving some tips! I’m sure the other readers can also benefit from your comments and feedback.

      Reply

  • Kaye
    January 30, 2020

    I made these to sit on top of brownies, they were amazing. Tasted so good. Couldn’t stop eating them ! Thank you

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 30, 2020

      Great to hear that Kaye! Thank you for sharing your experience. 💗

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  • Louise Drain
    January 29, 2020

    Same problem for me. Sugar did not dissolve even with water.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 29, 2020

      Try adding 1 tbsp water after the butter has melter and make sure your heat is high enough so it evaporates quickly into the sugar. Stir constantly. Let me know how it goes.

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      • Kealoha
        February 5, 2020

        I substituted the sugar with brown sugar and it came out great. Thank you!

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        • Natasha's Kitchen
          February 5, 2020

          Great to hear that and thanks for sharing.

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  • Arthur
    January 27, 2020

    My daughter gifted me with candied walnuts for Christmas, and voila, I received an email from you with a recipe for candied walnuts! I tried the recipe twice both times it failed. The sugar did not melt or dissolve, and the walnuts did not get coated. I did increase the heat slightly, but with no luck. I followed your recipe, even using a non-stick pan. Any suggestions or advice?

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 27, 2020

      Hi Arthur, what kind of sugar did you use?

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      • Arthur
        January 27, 2020

        I used Domino’s sugar. It is not coarse.

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    • Angela
      January 28, 2020

      Hi Arthur. I had the same problem and followed the advice of another post: add 1Tb water after the butter has melted. Make sure your heat is high enough so it evaporates quickly into the sugar. Stir constantly. I find it easier to prepare this recipe when I double it. If you decide to double it, add 2 Tb water. Also, I start this recipe by melting the butter. Then I add the nuts & sugar, increase the heat and constantly stir. After 2 minutes I add the water and poof! I’m still stirring and coating the nuts. Then I transfer them to parchment paper. Like Natasha said, total cook time is 5 minutes.

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      • Arthur
        January 29, 2020

        Thanks for your comments Angela! I will try adding water as you suggested 2 TB for a double batch! I will let you know how it turns out!

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  • irma estela zenteno
    January 18, 2020

    Can I use stevia instead of sugar?

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 18, 2020

      Hi Irma, I have not tested that but here is what one of our readers wrote “Being on a Keto diet I look for things for my sweet tooth. Walnuts and real butter are things I can eat so I swapped out the sugar for my Pyure /Stevia blend ( looks and tastes like sugar.) Shazam! Now I have a tastey treat !.. I just kept my heat lower and stirred like crazy! Lord,such Carmelized Goodness!” I hope that helps.

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  • Linda
    January 18, 2020

    Do you have storage recommendations? My daughter loves walnuts and I want to make this to send to her at college. TIA!!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 18, 2020

      Hi Linda, It is best to store the nuts in a cool dry environment. I keep them in Tupperware in my pantry and they last about a week. Do not refrigerate or they can become sticky from the moisture in the refrigerator. It also is not ideal to keep them in a humid environment

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  • Abby
    January 5, 2020

    I don’t ever leave comments on recipes but yours was amazing and easy to whip up. Thank you!
    I especially liked the pictures that showed what was supposed to be happening at different stages.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 6, 2020

      I’m so happy to hear that! Thank you for sharing your great review!

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  • Robin E Dunham
    January 1, 2020

    Powdered sugar in with the cream cheese or regular granulated sugar?

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    • Natasha
      January 1, 2020

      Hi Robin, Can you repost your question on the recipe that you are referencing? I’m assuming it wasn’t intended for candied walnuts.

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  • Ana
    December 30, 2019

    Hi Natasha,
    Can I use brown sugar instead of granulated sugar?

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      December 30, 2019

      Hi Ana, I recall at least 1 reader mentioned using brown sugar with great results. I hope you love the candied walnuts!

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  • Aurora Salamat
    December 30, 2019

    Thank You Natasha !!!
    I Love ALL Your Recipes.
    You’re Amazing .
    Sending You Prosperous
    & Happy New Year
    Aurora

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      December 30, 2019

      Thank you, Aurora! Happy New Year!

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  • Zaggy
    December 28, 2019

    Since I don’t use non-stick coated pans, can these sugared walnuts be made in a regular stainless steel skillet or frying pan, such as Revere Ware? Also, what can I use as an alternative to parchment paper?

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    • Natasha
      December 28, 2019

      Hi Zaggy, I think you’ll have a difficult time in a pan that isn’t non-stick. The sugar will probably stick badly. You might also try a silicone baking liner instead of parchment.

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    • DonnaPanam
      January 17, 2020

      FYI I used plain brown paper and it worked great. Just flattened a bag. Reduce and reuse!

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  • Melanie
    December 19, 2019

    This recipe is wonderful. My only change is that I added 2 Tablespoons of Topper’s Banana Vanilla Cinnamon Rhum which added a beautiful flavor. I put them in mason jars added a ribbon and these made wonderful holiday gifts.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      December 19, 2019

      That’s so great, Melanie!! Thank you for that wonderful review and for sharing those changes with us!

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  • Elysia
    December 12, 2019

    Delicious. I just love this recipe, make them every year for Xmas presents and always a hit

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      December 12, 2019

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Thank you for the wonderful review, Elysia!

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  • Aziemah
    December 12, 2019

    Thanks for the great recipe – quick and easy way to use up nuts in stock.

    I used a mixture of granulated white sugar and brown sugar. Brown sugar didn’t caramelise as finely but made for some delicious caramelised clumps in the nut mix! Not terribly healthy but so yummy.

    Worked well for walnuts, peanuts and also tried with hazelnuts. My hazelnuts happened to be a bit bitter so the caramelised bits made them more palatable.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      December 12, 2019

      Thank you so much for sharing that with me. I’m so happy you enjoyed that.

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  • Janet
    November 28, 2019

    Thank you for making my HOLIDAYS so much better It is always the little things; or so we all think,that are so important. Thank you from all my company.

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    • Natasha
      November 28, 2019

      Awww thank you Janet! You are so thoughtful. I hope you have a very Happy Thanksgiving!

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  • EricJM
    November 27, 2019

    I needed something to give my home made pumpkin for today’s Thanksgiving an enhancement. I used your recipe as guideline and tweaked slightly by using Vermont Maple sugar, Pecans, butter, and 1/4 tsp of Pumpkin pie spice. I did have to add 1 TB of water at the end to help caramelize the Pecans. Baked pie half way, removed from oven and covered top with Pecans in concentric circle design, and replaced to oven until firm. Absolute perfection. Had some extra Pecans and everyone raved about them, and the pie was like a new creation that was such a hit. Thank you. Happy Thanksgiving!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 28, 2019

      Happy Thanksgiving Eric! Thank you so much for sharing that with me.

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  • Karen
    November 26, 2019

    I don’t think the proportions of sugar to butter we’re correct. Additionally, she wrote the recipe as if I were supposed to just mix the butter, sugar and walnuts all at once, and that just created a batch of barely coated walnuts and giants chunks of caramelized sugar. I should have melted the butter and sugar first and then added the walnuts. She did not write this well.

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    • Natasha
      November 27, 2019

      Hi Karen, were you possibly using a coarse sugar (such as sugar in the raw or organic sugar with larger granules)? If using those, I would suggest adding those to the skillet first before adding the nuts. Using the proportions of ingredients as described above and also using a non-stick skillet, I haven’t had that experience before. Was anything changed in the process, tools or ingredients? Also, did you make sure to transfer to a parchment-lined surface and spread them out right away? This definitely helps to keep them from sticking and forming random chunks of sugar. I hope that helps!

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      • Inna
        March 31, 2020

        I have a question.. i read through a lot of reviews just to make sure i wasn’t asking the same thing, but didn’t see anything about honey. Can i use honey instead?? I have a lot.. and prefer honey vs regular sugar.

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        • Natasha's Kitchen
          March 31, 2020

          Hello Inna, I haven’t tried honey yet to advise but it would probably work if it’s unflavored. If you do an experiment, please share with us how it goes.

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    • Angela
      November 27, 2019

      Hey Karen. When I first made it I thought the same as you, not enough butter. But I followed her recipe verbatim and it came out excellent. I just had to add 2Tb water like someone else suggested because the mixture was turning brown too fast. That helped coat all my nuts. I stirred from start to finish. I also doubled the recipe. I hope you try it again because they taste amazing!

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  • Jim lofgren
    November 15, 2019

    Thanks for the awesome recipe. I followed your instructions. The only thing I had to do was add about 1 Tbsp water. The butter and sugar were browning too fast. I also dropped the heat a bit. When they were done I sprinkled on some cinnamon,chili powder and salt. I’ve tried a couple recipes but this tops them all! Thank you very much. Do you have a recipe for candied bacon?

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 16, 2019

      I’m so glad you enjoyed that Jim! I do not but thank you for that great suggestion.

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  • vinita sappington
    November 11, 2019

    Thank You! Being on a Keto diet I look for things for my sweet tooth. Walnuts and real butter are things I can eat so I swapped out the sugar for my Pyure /Stevia blend ( looks and tastes like sugar.) Shazam! Now I have a tastey treat !.. I just kept my heat lower and stirred like crazy! Lord,such Carmelized Goodness!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 12, 2019

      I’m so happy you enjoyed that. Thank you for sharing that with us!

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  • Deb Di Bella
    October 9, 2019

    I doubled the butter. Delish. Will use it again.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      October 9, 2019

      I’m so happy you enjoyed that. Thank you for sharing that with us!

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  • Shar
    October 6, 2019

    Easy and excellent and delicious, used for apple crostini recipe everyone LOVED them. thank you

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      October 7, 2019

      I’m so happy you enjoyed that. Thank you for sharing that with us!

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  • Brie
    October 1, 2019

    Great! Just made these to add to a salad. I had some random ingredients and needed something to bring them together-pear, tomato, blue cheese, and a mild vinaigrette. Topped with a sprinkle of these nuts and it was perfect! The best part is, they were super easy. My toddler helped me

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      October 1, 2019

      Aww that’s the best, Brie! I love that you got the toddler involved! Thank you for sharing this awesome review with us!

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  • Janet Davis
    September 28, 2019

    I already love this recipe because it printed out so easily.
    Thank you, Natasha! Excellent website.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 28, 2019

      I’m so happy to hear that! Thank you for sharing your great review!

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  • Pati Grevelding
    September 17, 2019

    Loved the 5 min candied walnuts.
    They come out so toasted tasting! TOTALLY YUM!
    Easy I need and it was.
    THANK YOU Natasha!!!!!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 17, 2019

      You’re welcome! Thank you for that awesome feedback!

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  • Jack
    September 10, 2019

    This is a keeper! I had a couple pounds of shelled walnuts, wanting to use them before they went south. I gave this one a go, went off and add 1/4 t cinnamon and a 1/8 of hot pepper . They turn out perfect. did a whole pound , don’t have to worry about going bad.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 10, 2019

      I’m so glad you enjoyed that, Jack! Aren’t they so easy to make? Thank you for that great feedback.

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  • Pam
    September 10, 2019

    1-can you make this in an air fryer? and…
    2-can you substitute a sugar-free granulated sweetener?

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 10, 2019

      Hi Pam, I have not tested that in an air fryer to advise BUT, one of our readers wrote this about using a sugar-free option “I used Earth Balance, a non-dairy spread, and half and half Lakanto (non-caloric sweetener) and sugar. I melted Earth Balance first, mixed in sugar, then added walnuts. Set timer, stirred often, and they were ready in 5 minutes over medium high heat. Came out great, but took longer to harden, about an hour. Sprinkled a little sea salt after taking out of the pan, and the taste is great.” I hope that helps.

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