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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. 

square enamel basket filled with CARAMEL WALNUTS

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

This candied walnuts recipe is perfect for

 Endless possibilities and SO ADDICTIVE.

Spicy Ginger Garlic Pita Chips <—- Another flavorful snacking idea. Made with fresh ginger, garlic, cilantro, red pepper flakes and turmeric, this homemade garlic pita chips makes a perfect snack anytime.

easy 5 minute candied walnuts in a glass

What makes this caramelized walnuts so addictive? It is

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

Perfect blend of flavors.

Few reader feedbacks:

“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!”

“These taste wonderful.. munch, munch….. “

Main ingredients:

Walnuts, Brown sugar, Butter and Salt. Nothing fancy. No complicated techniques!

easy 5 minute candied walnuts

How to make caramel walnuts?

The recipe could not be any simpler-

Cook walnuts, brown sugar, water, butter and salt in a non-stick pan, until all moisture evaporates. Transfer to a parchment paper and sprinkle more salt on top (you as much or as little you like). Let cool completely.  

Done and DONE. SO easy and so delicious! 

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

sheet tray with candied walnuts

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.

If you love walnuts, then you will love this Orange Walnut Cake or this Carrot Walnut Cake.

Packaging instructions for gift giving:

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! 

square enamel basket filled with brown sugar CARAMEL WALNUTS

More holiday snack recipes : 

Raw Date and Nut Salami

No-bake Almond Joy Cups 

Holiday Peppermint bark

Homemade Mocha Hot Chocolate

Spicy Ginger Garlic Pita Chips 

Easy Baked Shrimp Rolls with Sriracha Ranch 

or more sweet recipes

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3.62 from 167 votes

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
Keyword: candied walnuts, caramel walnuts
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 and reduce heat to medium during the last minute), until all moisture evaporates and the nuts get darker, glossy and begins to clump together (refer pictures).
    It is important to make sure that all the liquid is evaporated before removing from heat.
  • 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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Recipe Rating


Tuesday 19th of April 2022

I mean burner, not oven.


Tuesday 19th of April 2022

I don't know if my oven is hotter than yours or it's because I used a large skillet, but mine started burning two minutes in. I ended up with a cup of black, inedible walnuts. Nuts!


Wednesday 16th of March 2022

Mine burned! Uhhh:-(

MaryAnn Olleck

Tuesday 11th of January 2022

I'm just wondering, are these sticky? Or are they dry and don't stick together.

Maria Doss

Wednesday 12th of January 2022

Hi MaryAnn, They tend to stick together when hot and then get dry after cooling completely. Hope it helps, Maria


Sunday 21st of November 2021

Awesome time and labor savings! Thank you.

Maria Doss

Monday 29th of November 2021

That sounds wonderful, Maria