Quick and Easy Candied Nuts Recipe

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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!

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. 

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!

Ingredients to Make Candied Nuts

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

  • Butter – Unsalted is preferred, but you can reduce the salt in this recipe and use salted butter if need.
  • Salt 
  • Sugar – White granulated sugar and brown sugar.
  • 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. Melt butter and sugars.
  2. Coat nuts.
  3. Let cool.

Candied nuts on a baking tray lined with parchment

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

Tips

  • 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

Author: 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.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 18
Calories 169.7 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • cup sugar
  • cups nuts
  • ½ 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:169.7kcalCarbohydrates:12.46gProtein:3.49gFat:12.81gSaturated Fat:2.98gCholesterol:6.69mgSodium:58.64mgPotassium:127.53mgFiber:1.8gSugar:7.32gVitamin A:80.75IUVitamin C:0.08mgCalcium:19.82mgIron:0.78mg
5 from 2 votes
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