Quick and Easy Candied Nuts Recipe

LAST UPDATED: Oct 29, 2019 | PUBLISHED: Oct 02, 2015 | By: Julie Blanner

These easy candied nuts are are a delicious snack that are perfect for the holidays. Made with a handful of ingredients, it’s so quick to make a huge batch. They make for great Christmas food gifts to give to friends and family.

Easy candied nuts in a jar and on parchment

Candied nuts are one of my favorite snacks. While I love to devour a handful of them alone, I also toss them on salads, ice creams and pies. After buying them at Trader Joe’s for years, I decided to stop buying processed and start making them fresh. Not surprisingly, they’re even better!

Making candied nuts takes just a few minutes, and they keep well when stored in an air tight container. This recipe makes a large batch, so I share the remaining candied nuts in gift jars. If you love these ideas, you will love my Trail Mix Recipe!

To Make These Easy Candied Nuts, You Will Need:

Just a handful of ingredients are needed to make these sweet and salty snacks!

  • Butter
  • Salt 
  • Sugar: White and brown
  • Nuts: You can use your favorite or whatever you have to hand, I like to use walnuts.

How to Make Candied Nuts

It only takes five minutes to make a big batch of these snacks.

  1. In a saucepan over medium heat, add butter, salt and sugar.
  2. Whisk until smooth and add nuts. Stir to coat the nuts, turn off heat and stir in brown sugar.
  3. Let cool.

Candied nuts on a baking tray lined with parchmentCandied Nuts Are A Great Food Gift For The Holidays

I love giving homemade food gifts to friends and family at Christmas. It’s so much more personal, and you know that it’s a gift that will go to good use! Once the nuts have cooled, simply transfer them to small mason jars, wrap with some ribbon and add a gift tag. Easy!

How Long Do Homemade Candied Nuts Last?

Once the nuts have cooled, store them in an airtight container. Store them in a cupboard and they will be good for about a week and if you store them in the fridge their shelf life will increase to about 4 weeks. This long shelf life means they are ideal to make ahead of time and gift over the holiday season.

Candied walnuts ready to eat

A Sweet and Salty Snack Recipe

I always have a bowl of homemade candied nuts around during the holidays. They are great for everyone to snack on and work perfectly with a glass of wine! They are crunchy, sweet and salty and really are the best snack to have around! I like to add brown sugar in at the last minute for a little extra crunch. 

Top Tips To Make Easy Candied Nuts

  • Don’t boil the butter mixture, you just want to melt everything together.
  • Let the nuts cool to room temperature before storing them.
  • To help the nuts cool quicker, you can spread them out on parchment paper.

The snacks in a small mason jar

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5 ingredient candied walnuts recipe

Quick and Easy Candied Nuts

These easy candied nuts are are a delicious snack that are perfect for the holidays. Made with a handful of ingredients, it's so quick to make a huge batch.
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Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 18
Calories: 169.7kcal

Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 cup sugar
  • 2.5 cups nuts
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar

Instructions

  • In a saucepan over medium heat, add butter, salt and sugar.
  • Whisk until smooth and add nuts. Stir to coat the nuts, turn off heat and stir in brown sugar.

Notes

  • Don't boil the butter mixture, you just want to melt everything together.
  • Let the nuts cool to room temperature before storing them.
  • To help the nuts cool quicker, you can spread them out on parchment paper.

Nutrition

Calories: 169.7kcal | Carbohydrates: 12.46g | Protein: 3.49g | Fat: 12.81g | Saturated Fat: 2.98g | Cholesterol: 6.69mg | Sodium: 58.64mg | Potassium: 127.53mg | Fiber: 1.8g | Sugar: 7.32g | Vitamin A: 80.75IU | Vitamin C: 0.08mg | Calcium: 19.82mg | Iron: 0.78mg
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