Dawn's Candied Walnuts


Candied walnuts are easy to make at home with this simple recipe. They're such a special treat for the holidays that it's well worth every minute it takes to make them. Store cooled nuts in airtight containers.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
25 mins
1 pound


  • 1 pound walnut halves

  • 1 cup white sugar

  • 6 tablespoons milk

  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Place walnuts onto a baking sheet and spread in a single layer.

  2. Roast in the preheated oven until nuts are fragrant and begin to turn brown, 8 to 10 minutes.

  3. Meanwhile, stir sugar, milk, cinnamon, and salt together in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat; attach a candy thermometer to the saucepan and bring mixture to a boil. Cook, without stirring, until mixture reaches 240 degrees F (115 degrees C), about 8 minutes. A small amount of syrup dropped into cold water should form a soft ball that flattens when removed from the water and placed onto a flat surface. Remove from the heat and immediately stir in vanilla.

  4. Stir nuts into the pan until well coated. Spoon nuts onto waxed paper and use a fork to remove any clumps. Cool to room temperature.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

238 Calories
19g Fat
17g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 16
Calories 238
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 19g 24%
Saturated Fat 2g 9%
Cholesterol 1mg 0%
Sodium 39mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 17g 6%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Total Sugars 14g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 0mg 2%
Calcium 38mg 3%
Iron 1mg 5%
Potassium 136mg 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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