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 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. They also make 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!
Back to the 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! :)
I love this recipe because you can shake up the walnuts in a plastic bag with the cinnamon sugar mixture. This way you know they’re evenly coated and it lets your little ones help. My daughter loves the shaking part!
Be sure you spread them in a single layer on a parchment-paper lined baking sheet. This ensure they all get roasted to perfection!
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! 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.
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!
If you love walnuts as much as I do, then check out my Candied Walnut Bruschetta! It uses a similar idea for candied 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!
- 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.
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