Candied Walnuts

My aunt Patty is a wizard in the kitchen. In years past she would serve these candied walnuts with a glass of champagne before our Christmas dinner. I love to give them out as gifts alongside some great Christmas cookies. I make a batch and put them in an airtight container for my family for the month of December for them to enjoy when they visit me in the kitchen.

Candied Walnuts

  • Servings: 6-8
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 1 pound of walnut pieces
  • 1 cup white granulated sugar + 2 tbsp after cooled
  • 3 cups vegetable oil


  • In a large stockpot fill with water and bring to a boil
  • Lay out 2-3 pieces of wax paper on the counter
  • Once the water is boiling put the walnuts in the hot water and blanch for exactly 2 minutes
  • Drain in a colander and place them in a large bowl
  • Add sugar and mix well, make sure all the walnuts are coated
  • Lay them out on the wax paper on the counter
  • In about 15 minutes take 2 tablespoons of sugar and coat them lightly
  • Let them dry for 1-2 hours
  • In a large pan (cast iron is best), heat vegetable oil
  • Once the oil is hot, add walnuts in small batches
  • Fry until golden brown and let drain on a wire rack