Recipe By Dawn Timmerman
Published Nov 11th
Prep 10m Cook 20m Additional - Ready In 30m
Servings 1 pound Calories 238.3

These walnuts are a special treat for Christmas, and are well worth the time it takes to make them.

Recipe Ingredients

  • 1 pound walnut halves
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Cooking Directions

  1. 1 Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Spread nuts in a single layer over a baking sheet. Roast for approximately 8 to 10 minutes, or until the nuts start to turn brown and the smell of roasting nuts fills the kitchen.
  2. 2 Stir together sugar, cinnamon, salt, and milk in a medium saucepan. Cook over medium-high heat for 8 minutes, or until the mixture reaches the soft ball stage of 236 degrees F (113 degrees C). Remove from heat, and stir in vanilla immediately. .
  3. 3 Add walnuts to sugar syrup, and stir to coat well. Spoon nuts onto waxed paper, and immediately separate nuts with a fork. Cool, and store in airtight containers.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 238.3
  • Carbohydrate 16.9 g
  • Cholesterol 0.5 mg
  • Fat 18.6 g
  • Fiber 2.1 g
  • Protein 4.5 g
  • Saturated Fat 1.8 g
  • Sodium 39.3 mg
  • Sugar 13.5 g


  1. These are definitely overated and were such a mess. Not worth the time and trouble.
  2. Thank you so much for this perfect recipe!!!! My family LOVES these. If you don't boil the syrup enough, the nuts come out cloudy and the sugar forms crystals that are kind of powdery but they still taste good. Try using pecans and substituting a 1/2 teaspoon of cardamom or Chinese five spice powder instead - Read more ...
  3. Yum! I must have done something wrong b/c mine were soo wet and sticky but they tasted great! I did not have a candy thermo so perhaps that has something to do with it..but I plan on practicing this one more. My hub said it's the best thing I've ever made... go figure.
  4. I love candied walnuts but the calories are way too much! Since this recipe seemed easy enough, I used Splenda in place of the cup of sugar. They came out great! I served them up to people and they gobbled them up without any hesitation! I will definitely make again, change the spices slightly as - Read more ...
  5. It was quick and easy, even for a non-cook like me. I did not measure temp, just let the sugar mix cook for 8 min. I did add a little more cinnamon for added flavor. This recipe will be one of my "regulars".
  6. First of all I want to say this recipe is great! I used pecans since I'm using them to decorate a butter pecan cake. I do want to warn some people that try to make this though. The first time I tried it my candy thermometer DID NOT read "soft ball" stage so I continued - Read more ...
  7. The "soft ball stage" is when you can dribble a bit of the mixture into a bowl of water, then scoopr it up and form it into a ball that can be flattened. In other words, the ball should hold its shape (i.e., not fall apart), but should be "squishable" --not like a marble. For - Read more ...
  8. These are delicious!!! Not only are they great by themselves, but I also put them in salad w/ raspberry vinaigrette dressing. I will definitely make them at Christmas to share with my family & friends! Even if you aren't a nut lover, you will love these because they are more like a candy.

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