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candied walnuts piled high in a grey metal basket.

Caramel Walnuts

This Caramel Walnuts is ready in 5 minutes using 3 ingredients! They are chewy, crisp, salty, not overly sweet and highly addictive - Ideal for snacking, garnishing desserts, topping salads, or as homemade food gifts that are sure to impress.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword candied walnuts, caramel walnuts
Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 6 minutes
Servings 3 Servings
Calories 180kcal
Author Maria Doss


  • 1 cup walnuts
  • ¼ cup + 1 tablespoon golden brown sugar, both packed (do not use dark brown)
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt plus more for topping


  • Place a piece of parchment or silicone mat on a large plate or any sheet pan. Set aside.
  • Add all ingredients in a medium non-stick skillet.
  • Place skillet over high heat and cook, stirring occasionally for 4 minutes.
  • Reduce heat to medium, stir continuously for an addional one minute and cook until all the moisture evaporates. The walnuts will darken, become glossier, and begin to clump together.
    Tip: It is important to make sure that all the liquid is evaporated before removing from heat. Otherwise, any remaining moisture might cause the walnuts to become sticky and compromise their intended crunchiness.
  • Transfer the nuts onto the prepared plate, ensuring to scrape off any remaining caramel from the pan. Spread the nuts in a single layer and evenly sprinkle more sea salt on top. Allow them to cool to room temperature and then break them apart using your fingers.



Non-stick skillet is best for this recipe.
Cook until no moisture remains.
Spoon any remaining caramel in the pan on top of the nuts.


Serving: 3 Serving | Calories: 180kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 17g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 162mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 115IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 1mg