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Lightly Candied Walnuts

by ADMIN on DECEMBER 13, 2011

Candied walnuts are amazingly easy to make. The only draw-back is that they’re super delicious… so the temptation to munch on them will be high! This recipe doesn’t over-sugar the walnuts, allowing the nuts flavor to take center stage. These are great on top of salad, sprinkled on rice, or as an appetizer paired with cheese and fruit. Just be aware that although walnuts are a great snack or addition to a meal, they can also pack in the calories. 1 serving of 1/4 cup (about 1 oz) has 173 calories, and that’s without the sugar! TIP: Candied walnuts keep very well in an air-tight tupperware and will last for up to 3 or 4 weeks (if you don’t eat them first!) Lightly Candied Walnuts Prep time: 5 mins Cook time: 5 mins Total time: 10 mins Serves: 6 Crunchy, slightly sweet walnuts.


  • ¾ cup chopped walnuts

  • 1 Tbsp white sugar

  • 1 Tbsp brown sugar

  • 1.5 Tbsp water

  • ⅛ tsp cayenne pepper (optional)


  1. Place walnuts in a small saute pan over medium-high heat. Add water and stir until water begins to evaporate and simmer.

  2. Add both sugars and cayenne pepper, stirring constantly to mix well. The consistency will go from watery to sticky.

  3. Cook, stirring, for about 4 to 5 minutes, or until walnuts become slightly less sticky - but stop cooking before they become grainy!

  4. Place on a plate to let them cool and harden.

  5. Enjoy!



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