Sugared Citrus Walnuts Recipe

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These sweet nuts are great at a holiday party or to give as a gift. People just can't stop snacking on them once they've started. My grandmother encouraged me to try new things in the kitchen when I was young, and I still do that today. I hope my son will follow in his mother's and great-grandmother's culinary footsteps!
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 1 hour 20 min. + cooling
MAKES:10 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 1 hour 20 min. + cooling
MAKES: 10 servings


  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup grated lemon peel
  • 1/4 cup grated orange peel
  • 3 cups walnut halves

Nutritional Facts

1/2 cup: 357 calories, 20g fat (2g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 1mg sodium, 46g carbohydrate (40g sugars, 3g fiber), 5g protein.


  1. Line a 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan with foil and butter the foil; set aside. In a heavy saucepan, combine the sugar, water and orange juice. Cook and stir over medium heat until a candy thermometer reads 244° (firm-ball stage).
  2. Remove from the heat; stir in lemon and orange peel. Add walnuts; stir to coat. Transfer to prepared pan. Cool, stirring several times. Yield: about 5 cups.
Editor's Note: We recommend that you test your candy thermometer before each use by bringing water to a boil; the thermometer should read 212°. Adjust your recipe temperature up or down based on your test.
Originally published as Sugared Citrus Walnuts in Country Woman Christmas Annual 2006, p57

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