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Candied Walnuts

Turn ordinary walnuts into a taste sensation with this simple recipe that’s prepared on the stovetop. With plenty of brown sugar and a hint of pepper, the crunchy candied walnuts are a nice complement to a fruit and cheese tray. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
  • Makes
    2 cups


  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cups walnut halves
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar


  • In a large heavy skillet, combine the oil, vinegar and pepper. Cook and stir over medium heat until blended. Add walnuts and cook over medium heat until nuts are toasted, about 4 minutes.
  • Sprinkle with brown sugar. Cook and stir for 2-4 minutes or until sugar is melted. Spread on foil to cool. Store in an airtight container.
Nutrition Facts
2 tablespoons: 124 calories, 10g fat (1g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 3mg sodium, 9g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.

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  • lDianne
    Dec 21, 2017

    I made this as a side-dish for friends to munch on before dinner was served and everyone really enjoyed it and wanted the recipe! It was quick and easy, and I'll definitely use it again.

  • Mrs_T
    Aug 8, 2012

    I made these to put in a salad and we absolutely loved them. They were so simple to make. I halved the recipe for the first try, but will definitely make the full batch next time. This would make a great kitchen gift. I used cider vinegar and light olive oil rather than the balsamic vinegar and canola oil, and it turned out just fine. Delicious! A keeper recipe!

  • sfgreatday
    Jun 20, 2011

    A winner! wouldn't change a thing .. everyone loves them. Thanks for sharing.

  • dtdavies
    Mar 14, 2010

    It's delicious. The first batch went so quickly, that I have to make some more. Great for salads!

  • veronicajune2
    Jul 10, 2008

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