Candied Walnuts

Crispy, crunchy, lightly caramelized shell for the BEST Candied Walnuts with a hint of vanilla and cinnamon—the perfect cozy snack and gift!

This is one of my snacks recipes you’ll love!

Candied Walnuts: An Easy, Impressive Recipe

Today’s recipe is not too sweet, not too salty—the perfect in-between treat! Welcome to the very best Candied Walnuts recipe! All you need are 4 ingredients and just a few minutes of prep for the crunchy, caramelized, candied walnuts that are sure to impress!

ingredients for making candied walnuts

The Ingredients

  • Walnuts – I like walnut halves better than walnut pieces or chopped walnuts. They’re more visually impressive and pack a bigger walnut taste.
  • Vanilla – pure vanilla extract is best. Avoid imitation vanilla.
  • Maple Syrup – use pure maple syrup, not pancake syrup or otherwise
  • Coconut Sugar – or brown sugar
  • Optional Ingredients – this includes cinnamon and salt. Just like those two ingredients make Cinnamon Streusel Muffins so much better, so it does in this recipe.

What Are Candied Walnuts?

Candied walnuts are a sweet treat that includes cooking walnuts in the oven or on the stovetop. Walnuts are coated with a glaze that “candies” upon cooking.

These can be used as a salad topper, alone as an edible gift, and more.

serving tray with candied walnuts in a bowl

How to Make Candied Walnuts

Learn how to candy walnuts in the oven with just a few simple steps. Here, we’ll go over each step with photos, just like in streusel topping.

Be sure to check out detailed instructions & precise ingredients in the recipe card, toward the bottom of the post! 🙂

Preheat the oven to 325°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or foil that’s been lightly greased.

Then, stir together all the dry ingredients in a large bowl: walnuts, cinnamon, and salt. 

Two photos showing How to Make Candied Walnuts – stirring together dry ingredients

Next, add vanilla, maple syrup, and sugar to the same bowl. Stir until walnuts are fully coated in maple–this will be the candy coating.

Two photos showing How to Make Candied Walnuts – coating walnuts in wet ingredients

Pour walnuts onto a lined baking sheet. Spread into an even layer to ensure walnuts are candied in the oven correctly.

Two photos showing How to Make Candied Walnuts – spreading walnuts on baking sheet

Bake for 15 minutes, flip, then bake for an additional 6-12 minutes.

Cool, and enjoy the best candied walnuts! 


Are Candied Walnuts Gluten Free?

This recipe for candied walnuts is gluten free since it uses only naturally gluten free ingredients.

How Long Do Candied Walnuts Last?

This recipe will last for 1-3 months if stored in an airtight container at room temperature, similar to pumpkin granola.

How to Candy Walnuts with Maple Syrup?

You can candy walnuts with maple syrup in this recipe. The 1 tablespoon of coconut sugar or brown sugar simply adds to the crunchiness and flavor of this treat.

Closeup photo of this recipe to show texture in bowl

How to Store Candied Walnuts?

You can store candied walnuts at room temperature or in the freezer. Store in an airtight container for 1-3 months.

Can You Freeze Candied Walnuts?

Yes, you can! These freeze well. After cooling completely, store candied walnuts in a freezer-friendly container in the freezer for 1-3 months.

Are Candied Walnuts Healthy?

Not all candied walnut recipes are the same. This particular recipe uses only 3 total tablespoons of sugar for a whopping 2 ½ cups of walnuts. No oil or butter is used, making these candied walnuts relatively healthy.

Are Candied Walnuts Vegan?

Yes, these are vegan. If using brown sugar, make sure it’s organic to ensure that it’s processed free from animal products.

How Many Calories in Candied Walnuts?

This recipe is 168 calories per 1/4-cup serving. Here’s the full nutritional breakdown:

  • Calories: 168
  • Fat: 15.9g
  • Sugar: 3.9g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg
  • Carbohydrates: 6.9g
  • Dietary Fiber: 1.7g
  • Protein: 3.7g
closeup of the texture of this recipe on parchment paper

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finished recipe on a plate with napkins

I’m Walnuts About You!

Can you feel it? 🙂 I hope you love everything I have coming your way for the holidays. If you make a BB recipe, take a pic and share it on Instagram and Facebook using the tags @beamingbaker and #beamingbaker. I can’t wait to see it! ‘Til our next sweet adventure…

Sending you all my love and maybe even a dove, xo Demeter ❤️

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Candied Walnuts


Crispy, crunchy, lightly caramelized shell for the BEST Candied Walnuts with a hint of vanilla and cinnamon—the perfect cozy snack and gift!




Tools Needed

Dry Ingredients

  • 2 ½ cups walnuts
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional)
  • ¼ teaspoon salt (optional)

Wet Ingredients

  • ¼ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon coconut sugar or brown sugar



  1. Preheat oven to 325°F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or lightly greased foil. Set aside for later.
  2. Add all Dry Ingredients to a large mixing bowl: walnuts, cinnamon and salt (if using). Stir until walnuts are fully coated in cinnamon and salt. Skip stirring if not using either.
  3. Add vanilla, maple syrup and sugar. Stir until all the walnuts are fully coated.
  4. Pour walnuts onto prepared baking sheet. Spread into an even, single layer, making sure to leave empty pockets of space to let air through while baking. This will allow the walnuts to get crispy!
  5. Bake for 15 minutes. Stir and flip.
  6. Bake for an additional 6-12 minutes, until crisp and candied. For this side, mine took 8 minutes.
  7. My grand total bake time was 23 minutes.
  8. Remove from oven. Using a heatproof spatula, spoon or fork, carefully nudge walnuts apart if desired. Cool for about 30 minutes, break apart if necessary, and enjoy!



Storing Instructions: Store in an airtight container at room temperature for 1-3 months. Keep in a cool, dark environment.

How to make Vegan: Use coconut sugar or organic brown sugar.

How to make Gluten Free: Keep the recipe as is.

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 23 minutes
  • Category: Snacks
  • Method: Bake

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