Easy Holiday Candied Walnuts

by Annie
easy candied walnuts

Walnuts. Sugar. Butter. Just three ingredients to make Candied Walnuts recipe crispy and crunchy to perfection. This caramelized recipe fits perfectly in salads, with melting cheese, or simply as they are. 

Candied walnuts became one of our favourite healthy treats on holidays, especially for my daughter. She simply adores these crunchy, sticky, and caramelized-like walnuts. Definitely, they are high in calories, but they are good calories for our body. 

This kind of healthy dessert is insanely tasty and super easy to make. What I like most about candied walnuts is the high level of omega 3 that is very healthy and satisfying. These best crunchy caramelized walnuts are great as snacks for parties, for a lunchbox, or delish add-ins to salads.  

easy candied walnuts

Sometimes I add cinnamon or honey if I want to make them more aromatic, more sparkling, and elegant. But a daily base snack combines just three simple ingredients that are done in 5 minutes. I like to eat them warm or to add them warm to any of my salads. The roasted warm and caramelized aroma is simply unbelievable. I simply adore these great candied walnuts on a cold cosy evening, and these moments I create are priceless.  

Are walnuts healthy?

easy candied walnuts

Walnuts are very healthy, full of omega 3 fatty acids, magnesium, Vitamine E, antioxidants and plant compounds. Walnuts eaten with measure offer an impressive amount of health benefits with a good and high source of protein. My mom has a big plate with different kinds of nuts on the kitchen table – and is always telling us to eat nuts on our daily menu. Walnuts resemble our brains, and not accidentally they are so healthy and important as they reduce the risk of many lifestyle-related health problems. 

Try to make a habit and eat healthy and right. 

How to make candied walnuts?

easy candied walnuts ingredients

Making candied walnuts is all about delicious aromas and pleasure. They are quickly cooked and healthily eaten. 

Take a skillet and pour 1 cup of walnuts, ¼ granulates sugar (if you want them sweeter add more sugar), and 1tbsp butter. This easy recipe you can make in the oven as well. However, for today’s recipe, I used my skillet to make it quicker. 

Over the medium heat constantly stir the ingredients with a rubber spatula to avoid burnt walnuts. Stir the ingredients about 5 minutes, or until you will observe the sticking process and a delicious aroma. 

When the candied walnuts are ready serve them immediately. Or, serve them in salads, next to some sweet potatoes, cheese, or plain as they are. They are one of the best snacks I adore. 

How long do candied walnuts last?

easy candied walnuts

In my family, candied walnuts last for only a few minutes. They are gone in seconds and minutes as we simply adore them pairing with everything. These roasted caramelized walnuts are simply irresistible and so healthy. 

However, in case you have made too many candied walnuts, you can easily store them up to 10-14 days. Keep the walnuts in an airtight container for no more than 2 weeks. The more you will keep the candied walnuts the bitter they will taste. So it is preferable to eat them freshly cooked.  

Why are candied walnuts sticky?

Candied walnuts become sticky after being cooked as they are coated in butter and sugar. The sugar tends to melt thus caramelizes and sticking the walnuts. After the cooking process is over and the walnuts are cooling down they tend to harden and easier to break. However, when they are still warm they are stickier and crunchier. It depends on your taste and liking how you prefer these great candied walnuts. 

Easy Holiday Candied Walnuts

Recipe tips:

  • Candied walnuts can be cooked with honey, sesame, spices, and even in salt. 
  • Candied nuts can be made of different kinds of nuts you like – either pecans, almonds, cashew, and others.
  • Adjust the sweetness and easily substitute the granulated sugar with the brown one.
  • They are easily stored and kept for up to 14 days. But keep in mind not to keep them longer as they will have a bitter and not delish at all taste.

So if you like candied walnuts as much as I do take some nuts and let’s make a quick batch together and create an insanely delicious aroma in the house. 

Easy Holiday Candied Walnuts

Easy Holiday Candied Walnuts

Walnuts. Sugar. Butter. Just three ingredients to make Candied Walnuts recipe crispy and crunchy to perfection. This caramelized recipe fits perfectly in salads, with melting cheese, or simply as they are.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine World
Servings 3
Calories 353 kcal


  • skillet


  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tbsp butter


  • Over the medium heat pour the ingredients. Stir frequently for about 5 minutes to avoid burning.
  • Stir constantly until you will observe the sticking process and a delicious aroma.
  • Serve immediately, or store them in a sealed container for up to 14 days.


Calories: 353kcalCarbohydrates: 22gProtein: 6gFat: 29gSaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 10mgSodium: 35mgPotassium: 172mgFiber: 3gSugar: 18gVitamin A: 118IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 38mgIron: 1mg
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