Brown Sugar Candied Walnuts
These Brown Sugar Candied Walnuts will be your go-to topping for sweets, salads, and snack mixes! But watch out or you might just find yourself eating the whole batch by the handful!
Can we talk about Halloween?
I’m pretty sure that when I was young that on the afternoon of October 31st my mom let me dig through her closet to find something to wear for 2 hours that evening. Then we would bundle me up in every pair of sweatpants in the house along with my warmest coat and 3 scarves. Mom would let me use her Avon samples to apply whatever makeup I wanted. Those little teeny tiny lipstick samples were my favorite.
Finally my mom would put my “costume” over the stuffed sausage, stage makeup version of me and I would stand around (I couldn’t sit because I was so bundled) until it was time to go outside. This was Ohio where snow and frigid temperatures are anxiously awaiting the calendar to turn the page to October. Fall- what is Fall? That lasts for about 17 minutes in September.
I remember the lady who gave out Little Debbie Cream Pies, the family who thought it was their mission in life to scare little children with severed head scarecrows and nausea-inducing strobe lights, as well as the neighbor who handed out pennies. <– You are the worst. I’m sorry but that’s the truth. PENNIES?! Nobody wanted pennies even in the 80’s.
These days my children begin Halloween festivities by October 15th at the latest. Costume ideas are secured shortly after the school year begins and there are variations based on the weather and if the event will be held indoors or outside. I swear I have enough candy from these events that I don’t even have to go shopping for the actual event on October 31st. In fact my kids take a little stroll down our street and they are OVER IT. It’s October in Ohio which means there is about an 80% chance that there is snow on the ground. They would rather hand out candy and see all of their friends come up to our house.
Then we go inside and check for needles and such. Well honestly these days I check for peanuts since my youngest son is allergic. He knows not to take the big guns- Reese’s, Butterfinger, PayDay, etc. But I go through and do my culling and basically take everything and swap it out for safe candy that I have bought and set aside just for him.
Whenever I get the chance to eat nuts safely I take it. These Brown Sugar Candied Walnuts are so amazing that you will want to top everything with them. Toss them on an earthy salad, throw a few in a snack mix, or top your favorite ice cream with them. Stay tuned because I have a fabulous recipe coming up later in the week that uses them. You won’t want to miss it!
Brown Sugar Candied Walnuts Recipe
Yield: 2 Cups
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Brown Sugar Candied Walnuts will be your go-to topping for sweets and salads. But watch out or you'll find yourself eating the whole batch by the handful!
2 Tablespoons butter
2 cups walnuts
½ cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- In a large pan heat butter over medium heat until melted.
- Add brown sugar, cinnamon, and walnuts to the pan and stir continuously until the sugar is dissolved (about 3-4 minutes).
- Using a slotted spoon or spatula remove walnuts from the pan to a baking sheet that has been lined with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
- Allow to cool completely for 1 hour. The walnuts can be stored in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.
- Cinnamon optional- it adds a great depth to the flavor but you can omit if you don't like the taste of cinnamon
Original recipe and images © In Katrina's Kitchen