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Cinnamon Spiced Candied Walnuts

Cinnamon Candied Walnuts
Candied nuts are one of the easiest snack foods to make and eat. I like them all year round, but they are especially great around the holidays because they’re an easy snack to put out when family and friends come out to visit, and they’re a fantastic homemade gift to take when you go for visit them. This year, I’m big on walnuts and while I’ve used pecans, almonds and cashews in the past, walnuts are my nut of choice at the moment. Walnuts are full of protein, fiber and Omega-3’s, and while I’ll never turn down a holiday cookie, even I have to admit that this is a slightly healthier holiday snack!

I tossed untoasted walnuts in a lightly beaten egg white, then added in vanilla sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, allspice and salt to create a sweet and spicy coating for the nuts. The nuts are spread on a baking sheet and toasted until the sweet coating is nice and crispy. Make sure to get them in one even layer on the baking sheet and try to coat as evenly as possible. Areas with very thick coatings of the glaze may come out to be a bit chewy and not quite as crisp as more evenly covered nuts.

Vanilla sugar is easy to make with a leftover vanilla bean (although I used Rodelle Vanilla Sugar in this batch) and is a great ingredient to keep on hand for recipes like this one, that benefit from a hint of vanilla flavor. You can use regular sugar and add in about 1/4 tsp vanilla extract if you don’t have vanilla sugar, or simply omit the vanilla altogether.

The finished nuts are delicious and very addictive! There is just the right amount of salt in the mix to keep these from being overly sweet, and the buttery walnuts go very nicely with the sugar and spices. Store these in an airtight container to keep them as fresh as possible until they’re all eaten!

Cinnamon Spiced Candied Walnuts
3 cups raw walnuts (pref. halves or large pieces)
1 large egg white
1/4 cup sugar (pref. vanilla sugar)
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp allspice
1/2 tsp salt

Preheat oven to 300F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, lightly beat the egg white until slightly foamy. Add in walnuts and stir with a spatula to coat.
In a small bowl, stir together the sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, allspice and salt. Pour over the nuts and stir with a spatula until very evenly coated.
Spread in a single layer on the baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes.
Slide parchment paper (with nuts still on it) off of the baking sheet and onto a wire rack (or the counter) to cool.
When nuts have cooled, break nut clusters up into a bowl to serve or store at room temperature in an airtight container.

Makes about 3 cups.

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9 Comments
  • Linda
    November 15, 2010

    Looks like a great snack for the holiday table. I love the vanilla tones (but then there is little with vanilla I don’t like!)

  • ingrid
    November 15, 2010

    Yum! I can’t wait to give this a try. Wish I had seen it earlier in the day.
    ~ingrid

  • Liz @ Blog is the New Black
    November 15, 2010

    I can’t wait to try these!

  • the blissful baker
    November 15, 2010

    i LOVE candied nuts! once i start eating them, i can’t stop! thanks so much for the recipe, i can’t wait to try it out.

  • katie
    November 15, 2010

    These look so yummy. Great to have on hand over the Christmas period.

  • Cindy
    November 16, 2010

    These look very good. I’d also like to make cocoa almonds or walnuts – can’t find directions, though.

  • megan
    November 16, 2010

    I’m totally making these! 🙂 Bookmarked and Stumbled!

  • Justeen
    December 5, 2012

    These are so addicting!! I made them as a thank you/holiday gift for my supervisor, and I couldn’t stop eating them as I was packing them into a jar 🙂

  • Michelle Moore
    July 2, 2013

    Best walnuts ever. Thank you for sharing.

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