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Easy Candied Walnuts

Get stadium-quality candied walnuts in minutes at home with just a few everyday ingredients!

Easy Candied WalnutsFootball season is here! There is nothing that my husband and I love more than hot candied walnuts when we attend a sporting event. Heck, even when we go to the theater to watch an off-broadway show the minute we smell the brown sugar glazed walnuts we have to buy a pouch. I recently needed candied walnuts for a recipe and as a scoured the store I couldn’t find any. Then it hit me… duh these are probably so easy to make. So I heated up a sauté pan and melted butter and brown sugar and then add the walnuts to the pan. I continued to mix the walnuts until all the brown sugar had coated the nuts.

Easy Candied Walnuts

My home smelled like a sports arena in minutes (minus the smelly players and people). These are the ideal snack for watching a game or even a movie or television show. If your kids don’t have a nut allergy and like nuts these would be perfect in a bento box lunch. Give them a few of the sweet sugary easy-to-make candied walnuts in their lunch box and I’m sure they will eat them all. Who wouldn’t eat brown sugar glazed nuts?

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Easy Candied Walnuts

Get stadium-quality candied walnuts in minutes at home with just a few everyday ingredients!

Yield: 2 cups

Prep Time: 11 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 16 minutes


  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 cups walnuts
  • 1/4 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar


  1. In a large saute pan, melt the butter on medium-high heat. Then add the walnuts, white granulated sugar, and brown sugar. Mix until all the sugar has coated the walnuts. Continue cooking and stirring for 5 minutes on medium-high heat until all sugar has dissolved on walnuts.
  2. Remove the candied walnuts off the heat and pour the candied walnuts on a sheet of parchment paper. Spread the candied walnuts out and allow to cool and harden for at least 10 minutes. Store candied walnuts in a sealed container for up to one week.

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7 Responses to “Easy Candied Walnuts”

  1. keri @ shaken together posted on September 8, 2014 at 12:45 pm (#)

    In. SO in! These are so much easier than I expected – can’t wait to make them!

    • Katie replied on September 8th, 2014 at 8:42 pm

      Just as good as the arena version! 🙂

  2. Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction posted on September 10, 2014 at 10:31 am (#)

    We love candied nuts! Can’t wait to try these!

  3. Michelle { A Latte Food } posted on September 11, 2014 at 9:22 pm (#)

    I am a big fan of candied nuts! A really big fan. These are for sure going on the “to bake” list! 🙂

    • Katie replied on September 12th, 2014 at 10:13 am

      Awesome! Hope you love the homemade version as much as we do!

  4. Lisa posted on November 1, 2015 at 1:45 pm (#)

    Not sure if we will try these again. I always have good luck with new recipes but not this one. Wasted expensive nuts and did not end up with an end product worth putting on our Fall salad. First attempt medium high clearly was too high. Turned heat down and pulled off before 5 minutes was up. Burnt and runny sugar mixture that ultimately hardened. Second attempt put burner on medium and sugar mixture is not sticking to the nuts.

    • Katie replied on November 1st, 2015 at 9:16 pm

      So sorry to read that your candied walnuts did not turn out well. Unfortunately, every stove (heat source) is different. I cook on an electric convection oven. I’ve made these countless times and have always been successful. Wish we lived near by so we could make these together–they are so good.

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