Homemade Candied Walnuts

Ingredients

  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 ½ cups raw walnuts (halved)
  • ¼ teaspoon coarse salt

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Step 1. Lay walnuts out on a baking sheet in a single layer. Bake for about 5 minutes. Taste test your walnuts. If not quite toasted enough, toast for 1 or 2 more minutes. Be careful not to burn.

Step 2. While walnuts cool on a cooling rack, pour sugar into a medium saucepan. Cook sugar on medium heat, stirring with a wooden spoon as soon as the sugar begins to melt. Keep stirring until all the sugar has melted and the color is a medium amber.

Step 3. Add the walnuts to the sugar, quickly stirring and coating each piece. (Sorry there are no pictures of this step. I had to move very quickly and my hands were a little preoccupied.)

Step 4. As soon as the walnuts are coated with the sugar mixture, spread them out on a rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Use two forks to separate the walnuts from each other, working very quickly. (You have less than a minute before the sugar hardens and forever joins the walnuts in one big mound of walnut. Don’t freak out. You are not going to get every piece of walnut separated. You just want to get them in a single layer and separated as much as possible. You can always break them by hand once the sugar has cooled.)

Step 5. Sprinkle the nuts with the salt. Let cool completely and store in an airtight container.

Notes: Candied Walnuts are great as a simple snack or can be used as an ice cream topping or even a salad topping. I love to use them in my Roasted Beet and Goat Cheese Salad recipe. Be sure not to burn your nuts and to move very quickly for this recipe. Preparation is the key! Oh and don’t freak out…