The Best Cinnamon Sugar Candied Walnuts

A delicious and easy recipe for making cinnamon candied walnuts, perfect for the holidays! These spiced walnuts are also a delicious gift for friends and family.

The best cinnamon sugar candied walnuts recipe!

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Cinnamon Sugar Candied Walnuts

It’s the season for gifting, and I’m sharing one of my family’s favorite recipes — cinnamon sugar candied walnuts! If you like addicting recipes, then you’re in the right place because these cinnamon spiced walnuts are amazing. You can’t just eat a couple!

I love to double the batch and divide them out in cute jars to gift to neighbors for the Christmas season. They’re delicious all year-round of course, but I especially love enjoying them during the holidays. Anytime you make cinnamon spiced nuts, your kitchen smell oh so festive!

I tied my cinnamon sugar candied walnuts up with calligraphy gift tags from Jerry & Julep. I’ve always wanted to have the calligraphy talent, but alas, I’m not sure it’s in the stars for me. I’m thankful there are those that are talented, however, because these tags are the cutest!

The best cinnamon sugar candied walnuts!

Back to these candied walnuts! I’ve been working with California Walnuts who sent over some shelled walnuts and a nutcracker. Blakely and I had a blast cracking the walnuts, but no worries, you can easily find walnut halves and pieces at any grocery store. No cracking required! :)

Can you make these with pecans or almonds? OF COURSE! Swap in your favorite nut. You can use this seasoning/flavoring on any nut. 

The best cinnamon sugar candied walnuts recipe!

I love this candied walnuts recipe because you can shake up the walnuts in a plastic bag with the cinnamon sugar seasoning. This way you know they’re evenly coated and it lets your little ones help. My daughter loves the shaking part!

How to make cinnamon sugar candied walnuts!

Be sure you spread your cinnamon sugar seasoned walnuts in a single layer on a parchment-paper lined baking sheet. This ensure they all get roasted to perfection!

The egg white addition gives them the perfect crunch once they’re roasted in the oven.

The best cinnamon sugar candied walnuts!

The hardest part about making these cinnamon sugar candied walnuts is not eating them all before you’ve packaged them up for friends or family. Unless of course you’re just making them to enjoy yourself. In which case, enjoy because they’re so delicious!

Spiced candied nuts are such a nostalgic treat for me because they were a speciality of my grandparents who enjoyed both sweet nuts as well as spicy blends too.

The best cinnamon sugar candied walnuts!

I’ll have to try making these again next fall with a pumpkin pie spice blend in addition to the cinnamon. Don’t you think that would be fantastic? Or even a gingerbread blend! I love holiday flavors and this recipe is perfect for lots of taste-testing!

The best cinnamon sugar candied walnuts!

If you love walnuts as much as I do, then check out my Candied Walnut Bruschetta! It uses a similar idea for spiced cinnamon walnuts but as a topping on bruschetta. Oh my gracious, it’s SO good!

I also have a more traditional walnut recipe for those of you love chocolate chip walnut cookies! Enjoy!

If you have an air fryer and want to make candied nuts in the air fryer, grab my recipe for air fryer cinnamon almonds too!

The best cinnamon sugar candied walnuts recipe!

Cinnamon Sugar Candied Walnuts

Easy spiced cinnamon candied walnuts that are baked to roasted perfection!
SERVINGS 16 servings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes


  • 1 egg white
  • 2 teaspoons water
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 pound walnut pieces and halves
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. 
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. 
  • Whisk together egg white and water in mixing bowl until frothy. I use a hand-whisk but an electric whisk is also fine. Stir in vanilla extract. 
  • Add walnuts to mixing bowl and coat evenly. 
  • Combine sugar, cinnamon, and salt in large plastic bag. 
  • Pour coated walnuts into bag and shake to coat walnuts evenly with cinnamon-sugar mixture. 
  • Spread walnuts out onto baking sheet in a single layer. 
  • Bake for 40 minutes, stirring after 20 minutes. 


You can swap in pecans or almonds for the walnuts if you prefer! These cinnamon seasoned walnuts are the perfect snack!


Calories: 237kcalCarbohydrates: 16gProtein: 4gFat: 18gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 76mgPotassium: 128mgFiber: 2gSugar: 13gVitamin A: 5IUVitamin C: 0.3mgCalcium: 33mgIron: 0.9mg
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I hope you love these cinnamon walnuts as much as I do! If you try them out, be sure to leave a comment below!

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  1. I love using this recipe for pecans. They are delicious.
    Thanks for the recipe

    1. Thanks Linda! So glad you love them as much as we do!

  2. Delphine T says:

    The BEST tasting snack and simplest recipe ever on the internet for candied walnut! Wow! Recipe has been circulated to at least a dozen folks who received these as Christmas gifts! Yum!

    Thank you for sharing such an amazing recipe.

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