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!
- 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.
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.
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.
Pour walnuts onto a lined baking sheet. Spread into an even layer to ensure walnuts are candied in the oven correctly.
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.
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
More Snack Recipes
- Healthy Oatmeal Cookies
- Peanut Butter Granola Bars
- 3 Ingredient No Bake Cookies
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Tools You Need
- Measuring spoons
- Measuring cups
- Kitchen tools set
- Precut parchment paper sheets
- Glass mixing bowls
- Ceramic baking sheet
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 ❤️Print
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