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The Candied Walnuts in a bowl on a cream tablecloth.

Easy Candied Walnuts

These Candied Walnuts are delicious and highly addictive! They are lightly candied (I have reduced the amount of sugar normally used), so the taste of the walnuts still shine through. A crunchy snack to serve while entertaining, or you can add them to salads, ice-cream, cereal, yoghurt or use them to decorate cakes. They are so versatile! Made in only 5 minutes, using only four ingredients, this is a great recipe to have in your repertoire for entertaining. They also make a great gift.
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Cooling Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Course: Nibbles, Snack
Cuisine: American, Australian
Keyword: bar nuts, candied nuts, candied walnuts, easy candied walnuts, nuts, walnuts
Servings: 6
Calories: 171kcal
Author: Katrina | Katy's Food Finds


  • small skillet pan or saucepan
  • baking paper lined tray for cooling the nuts


  • 20 g butter salted
  • 1 c walnuts
  • 30 g caster sugar
  • pinch of salt


  • Line a tray with baking paper and set aside.
  • Melt the butter in a heavy based skillet pan or saucepan over medium heat. Add the sugar and stir briefly, then leave the sugar until it has almost all melted. Add the walnuts and a pinch of salt, and stir continuously for 2-3 minutes or until you notice the sugar starting to change to a golden colour. Stir a few seconds more to ensure all the walnuts are coated. Be careful not to let the sugar colour too much.
    Immediately pour the candied walnuts out onto the lined tray and spread them out so they don’t stick together. Leave to cool for 5-10 minutes.
    Once completely cooled, store in sealed jars for 1-2 weeks. They can also be frozen in an airtight container for up to 2 months.


This recipe can easily be doubled. It will just take a little longer for the walnuts to caramelise in the pan.
Take care when caramelising the walnuts that they don’t burn. They should be a golden colour and not too dark.


Calories: 171kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 24mg | Potassium: 86mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 83IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 1mg
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