Vanilla Bean Candied Walnuts
These Vanilla Bean Candied Walnuts are completely and totally irresistible. They’re perfect on salads!
These walnuts need to come with a huge warning label:
DON’T LEAVE OUT IN PLAIN SIGHT.
WARNING: IMPOSSIBLE TO EAT JUST ONE.
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 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Cool completely before storing in an airtight container. If you don’t eat them all first.
Verdict: Pretty sure I made it clear how much I adore these.
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!
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!