Candied Walnuts Recipe With Brown Sugar

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how to make candied walnuts with brown sugar

Candied walnuts are extremely addictive – you just can’t stop eating them until the bowl is empty!  There are many ways to enjoy candied walnuts – you can serve them in a bowl as a party appetizer or a snack, mix them with some raisins or other dried fruit as a trail mix or add them to salads.

If you try to find candied walnuts at the store, you’ll have a hard time finding them – not too many stores carry candied walnuts, and when they do, their availability is not consistent.  Your best bet is to make candied walnuts yourself!

Believe it or not, candied walnuts recipe is extremely easy.  Even though candied walnuts look so fancy, the recipes only requires 3 ingredients (walnuts, brown sugar and butter) and takes 5 minutes to make.  Even an absolute beginner can make this recipe, so there is no excuse to make candied walnuts :)

Here’s the picture of cooked candied walnuts cooling on a baking sheet:

candied walnuts on a baking sheet drying

Here’s another picture of candied walnuts in a bowl:

a bowl of candied walnuts appetizer

Enjoy these yummy candied walnuts and try not to eat them all up in one sitting :)  Also, check out this great salad recipe that uses candied walnuts – it has spinach, dried cranberries, avocado, feta cheese and orange slices – so yummy – party salad recipe with candied nuts.

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Candied Walnuts Recipe With Brown Sugar

These candied walnuts are so addictive, you'll want to eat the whole bowl in one sitting! Great as a starter or as a salad topping, everyone loves these candied walnuts! Super easy to make!
Cook Time5 minutes
Total Time5 minutes
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8 servings



  • Line the baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Heat butter in a large non-stick frying pan over medium heat until butter is completely melted.
  • Add brown sugar and walnuts to the frying pan and mix.
  • Cook, stirring every 30 seconds, until the sugar is completely dissolved (about 4 minutes).
  • Remove candied walnuts from the frying pan onto a baking sheet. Put the walnuts on parchment paper in a single layer and spread them apart so they are not touching and don't stick together. Let them cool for 30 minutes.
  • After the candied walnuts are completely cool, put them in a bowl and serve.
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  1. Walnuts are the healthiest nuts out of all of them – I’ve read that they contain twice the antioxidants of other common nuts! That’s another excuse for me to eat more of these goodies :) And yes, they are extremely easy to make!

  2. Thank you for such an easy recipe! I remember these as a young girl many moons ago. One of my favorite holiday treats, and now I can share the simple joy of candied walnuts with my grandchildren.

  3. 5 stars
    this was the only recipe that used butter in the candied walnut recipe…absolutely the best and easy to make

5 from 3 votes

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