Easy Candied Walnuts

Easy Candied Walnuts

Okay, let’s talk about this winter. It was a rather stealthy one. December wasn’t too bad. We had rain Christmas Eve. January was even okay. A little snow, a little cold, but nothing unbearable.

I thought perhaps we were in the clear. It wasn’t going to be a bad winter. Not tropical, but nothing like last year. We could glide into spring like it was no big deal.

Easy Candied Walnuts

I was wrong.

It all started Sunday. First the snow storm was just going to be a couple inches. Then three to six. Four to eight. A foot. It ended at 16.3 inches, officially, the third biggest snow storm ever. EVER! Then it snowed again yesterday. I’m not looking outside at a winter wonderland, but instead a frozen hell, feeling claustrophobic from the mounds of the white stuff.

Easy Candied Walnuts

It’s a good thing I don’t really want to leave the house because today while the sun is out, it’s deceiving all of us. The wind chills are below zero.

So it looks like it’s going to be a long winter after all. I’m not going to hope for an early spring. I just hope one comes at all.

Easy Candied Walnuts

While I have barricaded myself in the house, or rather, the snow has barricaded me in, I whipped up these Easy Candied Walnuts. As the title suggests, they are simple to make. They only require three ingredients, about ten minutes, and are gluten free. Plus, they make a great snack while you try to pretend the snow isn’t there.

Easy Candied Walnuts

Easy Candied Walnuts

Prep Time: 2 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 7 minutes

Yield: About 2 cups of nuts


2 cups walnuts

½ cup granulated sugar

2 tablespoons unsalted butter


Heat a medium skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add the walnuts, sugar, and butter.

Cook, stirring constantly, until the sugar and butter have melted and the nuts are fully coated.

Spread into an even layer onto a parchment lined baking sheet. Separate the nuts as much as possible.

Allow to cool completely before enjoying. Nuts may be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.


Recipe adapted from Natasha's Kitchen


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  1. I love your post! It sounds like you are having some crazy weather! It definitely makes our Idaho winter seem super mild. I’m so glad you loved the walnuts. 🙂

  2. Debbie Eccard says:

    What a great snack! And walnuts are so good for you. Very easy recipe.

  3. Just look at how amazing those walnuts look. You have outdone yourself with this recipe.

  4. Beth says:

    There’s nothing worse than a winter that seems like it will never end. Last year’s was so bad, I’m actually feeling okay about this winter. (However, I’m looking out the window right now and seeing it snow. Again. Hmmm.)

    Making candied nuts is so easy, and so delicious!

  5. Sorry you had to stay in but oh, so appreciative that you made and shared this recipe, Laura! Candied walnuts on top of cupcakes – especially spicy ones – would be fantabulous!

  6. Liz says:

    You probably wouldn’t catch me snacking on plain ol’ walnuts, but candied walnuts are a different story! These look terrific!

  7. Love, love, love candied walnuts and these look absolutely perfect! Sweet and salty is the best combination!

  8. blechhhh winter….

    these walnuts at least look delicious! so simple and satisfying 😀

  9. My little daughter loves walnuts.. she will adore these if I make for her. thanks for this great idea.

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