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Candied Walnuts

Candied Walnuts are great for salads, baking, snacking, and more! You only need 5 minutes to make this Easy Candied Walnuts recipe! You will love the crunchy, sweet, and oh so addicting candied nuts!

Course Snack
Cuisine American
Keywords easy, gluten free, vegan
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 132.54 kcal


  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup unsalted walnut halves or pieces
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon, optional
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper, optional


  1. Place a sheet of parchment paper or Silpat on a baking sheet. Set aside.
  2. In a medium non-stick skillet, add the butter and sugar and heat over medium heat until the butter is melted, stirring occasionally with a wooden spoon.
  3. Add the walnuts, salt, cinnamon, and cayenne pepper, if using. Stir so the walnuts are coated in the sugar mixture.

  4. Continue to cook and stir frequently over medium heat for 3 to 5 minutes, or until the sugar is fully melted and coating the walnuts.

  5. Immediately remove the skillet from the heat to prevent the sugar from burning.

  6. Spread the candied walnuts onto the prepared pan in a single layer, making sure they are not in clumps.
  7. Cool for 10 minutes or until the candy hardens.