A perfect accompaniment to your Thanksgiving Table, a hostess gift, or any fall salad. While there are a lot of different methods and recipes for candied walnuts, this is one of my all time favorites.
Easy and quick to make, sweet with a dash of heat, they are delightful. If I’m bringing it for a hostess gift, I love to put them in a glass mason jar tied with a bit of raffia.
Nonstick vegetable oil spray
3 cups walnuts halves
1/3 cup light corn syrup
3 tablespoon sugar
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
Generous pinch of cayenne pepper
Preheat oven to 325°F. Spray a baking sheet with nonstick spray. Combine corn syrup, sugar, salt, pepper and cayenne in a separate bowl. Place walnuts in a separate bowl, toss with syrup and sugar mixture until coated. Spread nut mixture on prepared baking sheet (some nuts may clump together). Bake until nuts are deep golden and sugar mixture is bubbling, stirring occasionally to break up clumps, about 20 minutes. Cool completely on baking sheet. (Can be made 3 days ahead. Store in airtight container.)