Spiced Candied Walnuts

Candied Walnuts with A Bit of Spice

Crispy, crunchy and a little bit spicy

Try this Spiced Candied Walnuts recipe for something a little bit special and unexpected. So good on a cheese platter, served with other nuts and snacks, or on its own. This recipe was adapted from the Michael Chiarello recipe on the Food Network website.

Candied Walnuts with A Bit of Spice


Canola oil
4 cups (480 grams) walnut halves
1 cup (4oz) confectioners’ sugar, sifted
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp salt
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper


  1. In a heavy skillet, heat 1″ of oil to 350° F.
  2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil.
  3. Add walnuts and blanch for 30 seconds. Drain.
  4. Transfer nuts to a large bowl and toss with confectioners’ sugar. (Nuts must still be hot!)
  5. Stir until sugar has completely melted.
  6. Use a large spoon to transfer a few nuts to the hot oil. (Let the foam subside before adding another spoonful.)
  7. Fry in small batches about 45 seconds.
  8. Scatter on an baking sheet to cool slightly.
  9. Stir cayenne, cinnamon, salt and pepper together in a separate small bowl.
  10. Transfer nuts to a large bowl and add the spice slowly, mixing constantly to distribute spices evenly.
  11. When cool, pack in an airtight container.

Makes about 4 cups.
Approx 234 calories per 1/4 cup of Spiced Candied Walnuts.

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