Easy 5 minute Candied Walnuts


5 minute caramel walnuts are chewy, crisp, salty and not-too-sweet !!!  Highly addictive candied walnuts are perfect for snacking, holiday gift giving or even topped on salads. 


The simplest of recipes. It’s so easy, it’s ridiculous!

This candied walnuts recipe is perfect for

 Endless possibilities and SO ADDICTIVE.

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easy 5 minute candied walnuts

What makes this caramelized walnuts so addictive? It is

  • Chewy
  • Crispy
  • Salty
  • Not-too-sweet

Perfect blend of flavors.

The team players: Walnuts, Brown sugar, Butter and Salt.

Nothing fancy. No complicated techniques!

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easy 5 minute candied walnuts

How to make brown sugar candied walnuts?

The recipe could not be any simpler-

Step-1: Cook walnuts, brown sugar, water, butter and salt in a non-stick pan, until all moisture evaporates.

Step-2Transfer to a parchment paper and sprinkle more salt on top (you as much or as little you like).

Step-3: Let cool completely.  

Done and DONE. 

SO easy and so delicious! 

Dump onto a parchment paper (scrape off off the yummy goodness sticking to the pan), spread evenly, sprinkle sea salt and cool completely. 

Don’t have a sweet tooth? Salt and Pepper Cashews – Crispy, crunchy, salty …..SPICY


Tips and Tricks in making easy caramel walnuts:

Use a non-stick skillet

Add all ingredients into a cold skillet.

Heat should be always high.

Stir occasionally for the first 5 minutes and constantly during the last one minute.

Cook until no moisture remains.

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How to package candied nuts?

Wrap brown sugar caramel walnuts in clear cellophane. Tie with a pretty ribbon and you’ve got yourself a delicious (and easy)  homemade holiday favor! 


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No-bake Almond Joy CupsA homemade version of the popular candy!!! An irresistible combination of coconut, almond and chocolate that can be easily made in just a microwave. 

Persimmon, Goat Cheese and Walnut CrostiniHoney butter toasted baguette topped with tangy goat cheese, sweet persimmons and candied sticky walnuts. An absolute crowd-pleaser!!!!

Spicy Ginger Garlic Pita Chips – Spicy Ginger Garlic Pita Chips – Crispy, crunchy, spicy and packed with flavor! With fresh ginger, garlic, cilantro, red pepper flakes and turmeric, this homemade garlic pita chips makes a perfect snack anytime.

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5 Minute Caramel Walnuts

Easy candied walnuts that takes 5 minutes and has 5 ingredients. They are chewy, crisp, salty and not-too-sweet and tastes divine!!!
Prep Time1 min
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time6 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Author: Maria Doss


  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon golden brown sugar, both packed (do not use dark brown)
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1/8 teaspoon + 2 pinches salt


  • Place a piece of parchment on a dinner plate (approximately the size of the plate) or any other heat proof plate. Set aside.
  • Place all ingredients (except two pinches salt) in a medium non-stick skillet.
  • Place skillet over high heat and cook (stirring occasionally) for 5 minutes (stirring constantly in the last minute), until all moisture evaporates and the nuts get darker, glossy and begins to clump together (refer pictures).
  • Immediately transfer nuts (scraping any remaining caramel off the pan) on the prepared parchment. Spread the nuts, so that they are in a single layer and sprinkle 2 pinches salt evenly on top of nuts.
     Let cool to room temperature and break apart with your fingers. 
  • Store nuts in a container for several days <– if it lasts that long.


Non stick pan is a must.

You could use a small non-stick skillet, cooking time  might take an additional 30-45 seconds. 

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  1. This might be the most scrumptious thing you’ve posted, Maria!! I LOVE walnuts and I love me some candied nuts. The only problem is I cannot stop eating them once I’ve made them!! It’s worse than chocolate. At least walnuts are good for you 😉

  2. Just made three batches for Christmas gifts. Outrageously simple to make, but they taste so good everyone will think I slaved in the kitchen with a candy thermometer. Thank you, Maria, for what is sure to become a holiday tradition for me!

  3. 4 stars
    THese taste wonderful.. munch, munch….. But how do you keep them shiny? Mine turned sugary when they cooled. However I did add a bit of whiskey….. and some maple flavoring.

    1. My guess would be that the heat was very high and the brown sugar didn’t have an opportunity to melt fully before the moisture could evaporate. Stovetops vary in sizes. I will suggest you cook in medium heat next time, so the sugar will melt and turn glossy along with the butter. Hope it helps:)

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