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These tasty and easy walnut recipes make the most of this versatile nut! Try them glazed, in nut butter, pesto, and more.

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Got a bunch of walnuts and not sure how to use them? This healthy nut works for so much more than candied nuts. This collection of easy and tasty Walnut Recipes highlights the versatility of walnuts: from creamy, cinnamon-spiced walnut butter to basil walnut pesto! Walnuts are a powerhouse of important nutrients like plant-based omega 3’s, protein, and fiber. Here’s our top 10 ways to add them to your diet!

And now…our top 10 tasty walnut recipes!

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Candied walnuts

10 Tasty Walnut Recipes

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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 3 cups 1x


Here’s how to make candied walnuts: a no-fail method that works every time! Add a crunch to ice cream and salads, or just eat by the handful.


  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups (12 ounces) raw walnuts


  1. Preheat the oven to 325°F.
  2. Whisk the granulated sugar, light brown sugar, cinnamon, ground ginger, and salt. In a separate bowl, whisk the egg white, water and vanilla extract until foamy. Toss the walnuts with the egg white mixture with a spatula until well coated. Add half the sugar mixture and stir with a spatula until fully coated, then add the remaining sugar mixture and stir until coated.
  3. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and pour the nuts in an even layer on top. Bake for 15 minutes, then remove the tray from the oven and stir (the nuts will look foamy at this point). Bake for another 15 minutes until lightly browned. Cool about 10 minutes before eating and completely (about 45 minutes) before storing. Store in an airtight container up to 2 weeks and frozen in a freezer-safe bag (with the air removed with a straw) for up to 2 months.
  • Category: Essentials
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegetarian

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes and the joy of cooking! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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  1. Sonja Overhiser says:

    Let us know if you try it!