Candied Walnuts Recipe
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Candied Walnuts Recipe

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Turn ordinary walnuts into a taste sensation with this simple recipe that’s prepared on the stovetop. With plenty of brown sugar and a hint of pepper, the crunchy candied nuts are a nice complement to a fruit and cheese tray. But they can stand on their own, as well, because they’re so munchable!
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES:16 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES: 16 servings


  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cups walnut halves
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar

Nutritional Facts

2 tablespoons: 124 calories, 10g fat (1g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 3mg sodium, 9g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.


  1. In a large heavy skillet, combine the oil, vinegar and pepper. Cook and stir over medium heat until blended. Add walnuts and cook over medium heat until nuts are toasted, about 4 minutes.
  2. Sprinkle with brown sugar. Cook and stir for 2-4 minutes or until sugar is melted. Spread on foil to cool. Store in an airtight container. Yield: 2 cups.
Originally published as Candied Walnuts in Simple & Delicious November/December 2006, p55

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Mrs_T User ID: 941931 145340
Reviewed Aug. 8, 2012

"I made these to put in a salad and we absolutely loved them. They were so simple to make. I halved the recipe for the first try, but will definitely make the full batch next time. This would make a great kitchen gift. I used cider vinegar and light olive oil rather than the balsamic vinegar and canola oil, and it turned out just fine. Delicious! A keeper recipe!"

sfgreatday User ID: 5003280 93268
Reviewed Jun. 20, 2011

"A winner! wouldn't change a thing .. everyone loves them. Thanks for sharing."

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Reviewed Mar. 14, 2010

"It's delicious. The first batch went so quickly, that I have to make some more. Great for salads!"

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