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Vanilla Bean Candied Walnuts

These Vanilla Bean Candied Walnuts are completely and totally irresistible. They’re perfect on salads!

These Vanilla Bean Candied Walnuts are completely and totally irresistible. They're perfect on salads! Get the easy recipe on RachelCooks.com!

These walnuts need to come with a huge warning label:





Seriously. Vanilla and walnuts are made for each other. Match made in food heaven.

These are amazing on salads, would be great on ice cream or frozen yogurt (duh) and obvioussssssly are perfect on their own. By the handful. These are hide-in-the-back-of-the-cupboard addicting.

Long story short, you need these in your life. I guess the story wasn’t really that long. I’m running on about 3 hours of sleep as I write this, people. Don’t expect genius. I’ll be happy if there are no typos. Actually, I’ll be happy if the two-year-old stays asleep and I stay awake long enough to finish typing this.

These Vanilla Bean Candied Walnuts are completely and totally irresistible. They're perfect on salads! Get the easy recipe on RachelCooks.com!

These vanilla bean candied walnuts are perfect on salads like this winter salad with clementine dressing. You know, if you have any left after eating them by the handful! And if you throw them on a salad, maybe you’ll feel better about the massive quantities you are consuming. Right? Right? Okay maybe. Maybe not.


Vanilla Bean Candied Walnuts

Yield: 1 1/2 cups walnuts

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

These vanilla bean candied walnuts are so delicious it is hard to stop eating them!


  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 ½ cups raw walnut halves and/or pieces
  • the seeds scraped from one whole vanilla bean


  1. Toast walnuts in a dry frying pan over medium heat stirring frequently, about 3-5 minutes or until fragrant. Pour onto plate to cool. Also prepare a large rimmed baking sheet with a Silpat mat or parchment paper.
  2. In a medium saucepan, combine sugar and vanilla bean seeds. Cook on medium until sugar melts and starts to turn the color of amber. Remove from heat, add walnuts and stir to coat. Work quickly.
  3. Pour walnuts out onto prepared lined baking sheet and separate walnuts with two forks, working quickly. If you don’t get them all separated, it’s no biggie, you can cut or crack them apart once they cool.
  4. Cool completely before storing in an airtight container. If you don’t eat them all first.

serving size: 1/4 cup

Verdict: Pretty sure I made it clear how much I adore these vanilla bean candied walnuts.
Husband’s take: He calls ’em crack.
Changes I would make: Make more next time.
Difficulty: Moderate if you’re not comfortable with melting sugar. Plus you have to work kinda quickly. But you can do it, I swear!

Vanilla Bean Candied Walnuts Nutrition Label

Actual nutrition may vary depending on how recipe is prepared.

If you’re looking for more great nut recipes like these vanilla bean candied walnuts, make sure to try: Smoky Roasted Almonds, Sugar Free Cinnamon Roasted Almonds, Olive Oil and Rosemary Roasted Almonds, Olive Oil Roasted Almonds with Sea Salt, Bourbon Pecans, Raspberry Chipotle Candied Pecans, or these sweet and salty spiced pecans. You shouldn’t be lacking for great nut recipes!

These Vanilla Bean Candied Walnuts are completely and totally irresistible. They're perfect on salads! Get the easy recipe on RachelCooks.com!
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31 Responses to “Vanilla Bean Candied Walnuts”

  1. Kathryn — January 30, 2013 at 6:04 am

    What a great idea – I love the idea of the sweetness of the vanilla with the bitterness of the walnuts. I can imagine so many awesome uses for these!

  2. Aggie — January 30, 2013 at 7:20 am

    I have a hard time resisting any type of “spiced” nut! These sound amazing!! Vanilla bean & walnuts?? Yum!

  3. Mackenzie {SusieFreakingHomemaker} — January 30, 2013 at 7:42 am

    Vanilla bean anything and I’m sold. Love these!!

  4. Alaina @ Fabtastic Eats — January 30, 2013 at 8:47 am

    Ooh what a great snack! Im trying to teach myself to like nuts more..much healthier than snacking on chips! đŸ˜› Thanks!

  5. Jessica@AKitchenAddiction — January 30, 2013 at 9:07 am

    I would love to have these around to snack on!

  6. katie — January 30, 2013 at 9:09 am

    Ummm this sounds awesome! Great “healthy” snack!

  7. Meagan @ A Zesty Bite — January 30, 2013 at 9:17 am

    These look so good! What a great snack!

  8. Abby @ The Frosted Vegan — January 30, 2013 at 9:18 am

    YES! Short ingredient list including nuts and sugar, heck yes!

  9. megan @ whatmegansmaking — January 30, 2013 at 10:10 am

    Great idea – I never thought of making candied walnuts before. But I’m up for vanilla flavored anything đŸ™‚

  10. Rachel @ The Pescetarian and the Pig — January 30, 2013 at 10:24 am

    I love how simple these are! And wow, I can bet they are amazing. I once had a “vanilla walnut” scented candle in my room and I swear I was tempted to eat it every day. I LOVE the versatility of nuts, even in their raw form I’m addicted, so I can only imagine how ravenous I’d be with a bag of these!

  11. sarah k @ the pajama chef — January 30, 2013 at 10:37 am

    lately i’ve been debating whether the next big bag of nuts that i purchase from sam’s club will be pecans or walnuts (because i don’t have room for both in my freezer). walnuts it is!!

  12. Bree {Skinny Mommy} — January 30, 2013 at 11:00 am

    I am a complete sucker for candied nuts. These ones look great-I love anything vanilla flavored.

  13. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts — January 30, 2013 at 11:46 am

    I love anything with vanilla in it. These look amazing! Hope the baby sleeps better for you tonight!

  14. Colleen @ What's Baking in the Barbershop?! — January 30, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    Wow, these look amazing! Love the simple list of ingredients too.

  15. Natasha — January 30, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    Vanilla beans are the best ever. I have a whole mess of pecans and imagine this would be delicious with them as well!!

    • Rachel Gurk — January 30th, 2013 @ 2:57 pm

      Pecans would be great!

  16. natalie@thesweetslife — January 30, 2013 at 5:00 pm

    coincidence that i just received the vanilla beans i ordered off of amazon? i think NOT

    • Rachel Gurk — January 30th, 2013 @ 6:55 pm

      Definitely not!!!

  17. Erika @ The Hopeless Housewife — January 30, 2013 at 6:48 pm

    Talk about great on top of my oatmeal!

    • Rachel Gurk — January 30th, 2013 @ 6:54 pm

      Best idea ever!

  18. Laurie {Simply Scratch} — January 30, 2013 at 7:32 pm

    Ohhh yesssss come to mama! I love putting walnuts on my oatmeal or yogurt… but now I’m thinking about how I could put these on ice cream… lord help me! đŸ™‚

  19. Megan {CountryCleaver} — January 30, 2013 at 10:37 pm

    Ohhh these do look addicting – I can say that with certainty!

  20. Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen — February 2, 2013 at 2:59 pm

    I could seriously throw that in my face and be done eating it in 10 minutes. omg

  21. Emily — February 6, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    This look incredible. Yogurt topping with some dried fruit? Make it part of trail mix? Mixed in with homemade ice cream? Amazing. Thank you!

    • Rachel Gurk — February 6th, 2013 @ 3:23 pm

      Enjoy! They are soooo yummy.

  22. Jess — February 12, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    Totally pinned this for later! YUM!


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