How To Make Candied Nuts

One of the number one questions I get from friends is how to make candied nuts for salads, etc.

I use a basic recipe that I found in the red and white Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook–the one like your mom and my mom have.

This recipe is really easy–but you have to make sure you can give it your complete attention. And that means not answering the phone and ignoring any crying children–but only for a few minutes.

Candied Nutsfrom the Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook

Ingredients:
2 cups whole nuts (pecans, walnuts, almonds)
1/2 cup sugar
2 Tbsp. butter
1 tsp. vanilla extract

Instructions:
Place a piece of parchment paper or a silicone baking mat on a flat surface or baking sheet. (DO NOT USE WAXED PAPER!!! If you don’t have parchment or silicone, you can use a baking sheet coated with non-stick cooking spray.)

Heat a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Melt the butter and add the sugar and nuts.


Cook while stirring constantly with a wooden spoon until the sugar melts and turns a golden brown. (You may still see some sugar crystals that haven’t melted–it’s okay.)

Remove pan from heat and add vanilla extract. (It will bubble up.) Stir vigorously.

Turn the hot nuts out onto the prepared surface. Spread nuts out evenly. Cool completely before using or eating.

Uses:

Salad topping–
Mixed Greens Salad with Strawberries and Avocados
Spinach Salad with Creamy Apple Poppyseed Dressing
Spinach Salad with Raspberry Vinaigrette

Or–
Ice cream topping
Addition to cookies
Snacking

TIP–
The best way to chop the nuts is with a serrated knife.

Store in an airtight container or zipper lock bag for about 2 weeks.

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30 Comments

  1. I make these all the time for salads, snacking, etc. What I really want to be able to make are the nuts like they sell in cones at Central Park. They are candied, but seem to have a thicker coating around the outside. Any ideas?

  2. Glad to see I’m not the only one who LOVES these.

    Kristin–YES! I do have ideas about those nuts. I have a recipe that mimics them exactly. I made some for that baby shower I catered awhile back. I forgot that I never posted the recipe! I’ll try to get it up soon for you.

  3. Thanks–I’ve been wanting a recipe for these (oddly enough, I have the checkered cookbook–it’s always been a favorite–and never even thought to look for it there). And I second Kristen’s wish for the other nuts as well. Yum!

  4. yes! I was so thinking of you and hoping you would do a post like this so I could link to you from the gf blog and have someone else show the people how to do it!

  5. Thank you SO much for this recipe!! It was so incredibly easy and my kitchen smells so good! I am so glad you provided pictures because it made it much easier to follow and I didn’t second guess myself. Thanks again! I will be back for more :)

  6. Alright!!! Thanks for the email & link! It’s helpful to see the photos. I’m making a batch tonight as I wouldn’t let the kids it any of the ones I made the other day for my cake that went wrong! :-(

    Thanks, again!
    ~ingrid

  7. I never realized how easy these would be to make. Thank you for sharing this recipe! Although, I fear that I might eat too many of these now.

    I just came back from a BBQ where I brought a salad with mixed greens, strawberries, blueberries, sweet onion, dried apricot, red pepper, feta, and of course some candied nuts (pecans). SO YUMMMMY YUMMY YUMMMY!

    Thanks :)

    Kim

  8. Sorry, none left. When my husband and I came home from the BBQ we porked up the left over salad right away… thanks to your nut recipe.

    I’m wondering: have you ever tried adding some spice to this recipe? I’m thinking either cinnamon or maybe something spicy like cayenne. I just thought I’d ask before I try it and ruin a batch.
    Kim

  9. YES. Do it. You will love them. We make a huge batch of these and usually end up eating them out of hand rather than in salads. They just don’t last long enough to get the salad out of the fridge. :)

  10. I looked at several recipes, and this sounds like the best one. These are to put on top of a maple layer cake – Some will be chopped and added to the batter as well. Fingers crossed!

  11. Wonderful!!! my husband requests them all of the time. I like them in salads; however my husband loves them on his ice cream or by hand. Thank you for posting this recipe :-)

  12. I used this recipe with cannabis butter and made some delicious almonds that were all natural, and even had medicinal benefits as well! But I couldn’t stop eating them, so I don’t know how healthy that was.

  13. Yum! This looks super delicious, I LOVE candied nuts and some time I dip them in chocolate too for an over the top weekend dessert. Also I have a major crush in your blog. Keep up!

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