These Vegan Cinnamon Sugar Candied Walnuts are well-spiced and come together in just 10 minutes and only require 5 ingredients.
These candied walnuts are absolutely delicious and incredibly simple to make. I love to make them as a gift, or to have around as a snack. You can play around with the spices, but I love good old cinnamon.
Walnuts: This recipe calls for walnut halves. Pieces are too small and will be annoying to eat.
Sugar: Regular granulated sugar. Don't substitute anything else!
Water: To dissolve the sugar.
Cinnamon: For flavor.
Salt: For balance.
This recipe for Vegan Cinnamon Sugar Candied Walnuts comes together really quickly and easily.
First, combine the water and sugar in a large stainless steel skillet.
Next, turn the heat to medium high, and stir occasionally until the mixture comes to a boil.
Then, allow the mixture to boil for 1 minute.
Now, add the walnuts, cinnamon and salt and stir to coat everything in the syrup.
Then, turn the heat off. Trust me! The sugar will not recrystallize if you keep the heat on. And, the nuts will burn.
Finally, keep stirring the walnuts until the sugar has recrystallized. This will just take a minute or two.
And thats it! The whole process takes about 10 minutes.
Why this Method Works
This method for candying nuts is my favorite method.
Making a syrup from the sugar and water dissolves the sugar.
Then, adding the walnuts in makes the sugar crystallize to the nuts.
This leaves you with super crunchy Vegan Cinnamon Sugar Candied Walnuts that are evenly coated in cinnamon sugar that really sticks to them.
Instead of walnuts, feel free to use any nut you like. Pecans would be delicious.
Instead of just cinnamon, add any warm spice to these walnuts.
Anything like a chai masala blend, pumpkin pie spice or apple pie spice will be absolutely delicious!
To store these Vegan Candied Walnuts, transfer them to an airtight container and leave them at room temperature for up to 2 weeks.
I do not recommend refrigerating or freezing.
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Vegan Candied Walnuts
- 1 10"-12" Stainless Steel Skillet
- 1 Wooden Spoon
- Measuring Cups and Spoons
- 1 Cookie Sheet
- 1 Cup Granulated Sugar
- ¼ Cup Water
- 1 Pound Walnut Halves
- 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon Kosher Salt half this amount if using table salt
- In a large, heavy bottomed stainless steel skillet, combine water and sugar. Stir together with a metal spoon, and turn the heat to medium high.1 Cup Granulated Sugar, ¼ Cup Water
- Stirring occasionally, cook the sugar and water until it boils. Then allow it to boil for 1 minute.
- Add walnuts, cinnamon and salt. Stir to coat everything in the syrup, then turn the burner off.1 Pound Walnut Halves, 1 teaspoon Cinnamon, ½ teaspoon Kosher Salt
- Continue stirring until the sugar has crystallized. This will take about 1 minute.
- Transfer to a cookie sheet to cool.
The cinnamon walnuts are awesome. Thanks for the recipe!!
So happy you liked them!
They delicious, making a second batch today.
Linda Behymer Secrist
My family loved them ! And when I told them the story, they loved them even more! We are huge UK Wildcats fans ! We will be making this a holiday tradition and will continue to call them Deez Nuts! Lol
So happy you enjoyed them! And yay for new holiday traditions!
This recipe was super easy and very tasty. My family loved them. Saving this recipe to make again next year.
So happy you enjoyed them! Happy New Year!
Megan, I have a wonderful, super-easy recipe for pecans covered in an orange juice/sugar coating. Would be glad to share it with you if you’d like to try it. I got it from a friend in Louisville (gulp) in 1966...now a family favorite!
Perfect recipe. I have tried others but this is the best.
I made them today. Excellent