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This recipe for Candied Walnuts is quick, easy, and ready in less than 10 minutes! Perfect for the holidays, snacking, or topping a salad, these candied walnuts are absolutely addicting. They’re laced with a rich, buttery, sweetness and that added crunch. It’s hard to stop eating them!

We love snacking on treats throughout the holiday season! Some other festive favorites include sweet & minty Peppermint Bark Caramel Corn, and these Chocolate Covered Pretzel Rods!

close up of candied walnuts

Candied Walnuts

Whether it’s for a festive gift for friends and neighbors, grazing during movie night, or adding a little something extra to a healthy cranberry salad at the Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner table, these Candied Walnuts are something you don’t want to miss out on! It takes just 7 minutes (yes, SEVEN!) to whip up a batch, and they taste absolutely amazing!

For this 4 ingredient recipe, the walnuts are lightly toasted in a pan on the stovetop as they’re cooked along with butter, sugar, and cinnamon. The cinnamon really brings the warm, cozy flavors out. They taste amazing!

There are a few ways to eat these easy candied walnuts, although if I’m being perfectly honest, my personal preference is to just grab a handful in passing to enjoy them all on their own as a snack. But be sure to try them as a garnish on yogurt with fresh fruit, on top of a scoop of ice cream, or you can try these candied walnuts for salad.

Another idea (and the one I’m going to try next) is topping baked brie with candied walnuts and some dried cranberries, served with crackers or pita chips. Perfect Christmas party food!

nuts with sugar, butter and cinnamon

Ingredients for Candied Walnuts

  • Walnuts: The star of this recipe is walnuts! You could easily substitute pecans, almonds, or another nut if that’s what you have on hand, but I’ve gotta say that walnuts are my absolute favorite.
  • Butter: Walnuts themselves are rich, but the salted butter adds so much more to this recipe! It also helps break down the sugar so that it melts and everything sticks together well.
  • Sugar: Much needed sweetness! I used white granulated sugar this time, but you could make candied walnuts with brown sugar instead. It would add a more caramel flavor, than just sweetness.
  • Cinnamon: Just a touch of cinnamon gives warmth and brings all of the other flavors together. This spice is perfect for the holiday season.

How to make Candied Walnuts

  1. Add it all together. Firstly, add the walnuts, sugar, butter, and cinnamon to a nonstick pan over medium heat.
  2. Cook. Next, stir your candied walnuts ingredients constantly in the pan, until the sugar and butter are melted and coating the nuts. Usually, this will take about 3 to 5 minutes. It’s important not to get distracted and forget about them or the sugar or nuts could burn.
  3. Cool. Finally, transfer the hot candied walnuts to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and separate to cool. Serve whole or chopped.
Ingredients in a pan

How to store Candied Walnuts

After these candied walnuts have cooled completely, I recommend storing them in an airtight container. They’ll last for up to a week. However, if you want them to last even longer you can store them in the refrigerator. They’ll last for 3 weeks, although they won’t be as crunchy.

Can I freeze candied walnuts?

Yes! You can make a double or triple batch and freeze them for up to 2 months in an airtight container. They won’t be as crunchy, but they’ll still taste great.

Can I use a different kind of nut for this recipe?

Yes! Here are a few that will work really well:

  • Pecans
  • Almonds
  • Brazil nuts
  • Hazelnuts
  • Cashews
  • Macadamias
  • Mixed nuts

How do I use these candied nuts?

There are so many great ways to eat these!

  • Give them as a gift at Christmas with a festive tag!
  • Add them to a salad
  • Ice cream topping
  • Yogurt topping
  • Fresh fruit topping
  • On their own as a snack or party food
  • With cheese (particularly baked brie!)
  • On toast with cream cheese spread
candied walnuts on a salad

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Candied Walnuts
Yield: 6 servings

Candied Walnuts

This recipe for Candied Walnuts is quick, easy, and ready in less than 10 minutes! Perfect for the holidays, snacking, or topping a salad, these candied walnuts are absolutely addicting. They're laced with a rich, buttery, sweetness and that added crunch. It's hard to stop eating them!

Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 7 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 1 tablespoon salted butter
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Add the walnuts, butter, sugar, and cinnamon to a nonstick pan over medium heat. Cook, stirring constantly, until the sugar and butter are melted and coating the nuts, about 3 to 5 minutes.
  2. Transfer to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and separate to cool. Serve whole or chopped.