Candied Holiday Walnuts
I can't wait for Christmas to arrive! Candied nuts are a holiday season classic that I feel has been around since long before my parents were even born. They're quick and simple - both qualities I love when it comes to cooking. If you're a lover of quick eats, as well, try my Gingerbread Cake Donuts with Cream Cheese Frosting for a unique take on a holiday classic, using pre-made cake mix. Or, if you're looking for something more adult, you'll probably love my Spiked Mint Hot Cocoa, perfect for sipping around a warm fire with friends.
I was inspired by this recipe after years and years of receiving candied nuts from my friend's mom each holiday season. It was almost like I knew Christmas was officially coming when I'd receive a bag of candied holiday nuts. I loved (and still do!) sitting in our family room watching "White Christmas", fire wood crackling in the background, mug of hot cocoa in one hand and the other digging in to those candied nuts. I get excited just thinking about it sometimes!
These are such a simple but delicious holiday treat that is perfect for gifts or party snacks. Baking is such a small gesture that can mean so much, especially during the holiday season. If you're struggling to get a gift for every person you'd like to, try making something such as these Candied Holiday Walnuts to take some pressure off.
These walnuts are not just for the holidays, though. The maple syrup, cinnamon, and cloves all together makes such a delicious combination of flavors that are perfect for any of the colder months. I love to add these (when I haven't given any as gifts) to my oatmeal, particularly my Protein Packed Chocolate Oatmeal or included in some homemade trail mix. Walnuts are a source of protein so they're technically not totally bad for you despite being baked in maple syrup - right?
I hope you're all having a wonderful holiday season and stay safe, healthy, and warm! If you make these Candied Holiday Nuts be sure to tag me in your photo so I can see the holiday cheer and share it on my Instagram!
- 2 cups whole walnuts
- 1/4 cup Grade A Maple Syrup
- 1 tbsp cinnamon
- 2 tsp ground cloves
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper - not foil because the maple syrup will glue the walnuts to it once they're baked.
- Combine the walnuts, maple syrup, cinnamon, and cloves in a medium to large sized bowl and toss with a spatula until the nuts are evenly coated.
- Pour the nuts onto the parchment lined baking sheet and place in the oven for 10-15 minutes.
- Nuts can burn easily so after 10 minutes I recommend checking on them with a taste test. You want them to be crunchy but a little air-y as the heat will evaporate any moisture in the nuts.
- Once the nuts have reached the desired texture and crunch level, remove from the oven, allow to cool completely and portion into 1/2 cup jars for gifting. Or keep them all for yourself! I'm sure Santa will keep you on the nice list.
What's your favorite holiday recipe or flavor? What dish signifies the holiday season is starting for you?