I love walnuts.
I mean pecans are yummy too, but I am just a huge walnut fan. And they are super good for you.
I also love candied walnuts that are spiced as well. They’re wonderful on salads…they just add that special something.
They are sooooo easy to make. You just have to try them!
Start by boiling a medium saucepan of water. Once it boils, drop in 2 cups of walnuts to blanch. Blanch just means to quickly drop something in boiling water. Leave them in for about 30 seconds to one minute then quickly drain them in a colander.
Now quickly again, while the water is still sticking to the nuts, dump in 1/3 cup of powdered sugar and 1/3 cup of brown sugar. Also add 1/2 of a teaspoon of cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon of salt, and a sprinkling of cayenne pepper.
Mix this all up so the nuts are well-coated.
Take a baking sheet and line it with parchment paper. Trust me, this will keep you from scrubbing a pan later. Spread your nuts in a single layer on the parchment paper.
Put these in a 350º for 15-20 minutes. And oh mercy me….
If you can stand it, let them cool.
But, they’re really good warm and fresh from the oven.
I had to save some of these for a wonderful salad I made for dinner though. I’ll share more on that with you tomorrow.
If you make these, I dare you to try not to eat the whole bowl. They’re so addictive.
Katie’s Printable Recipe – Spiced Candied Walnuts