How to Carmelize Walnuts

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Caramelized walnuts make a sweet yet healthy snack that can be enjoyed alone or on top of yogurt, salads or pies. Making caramelized walnuts at home is only a few simple steps but can be altered to achieve different flavors for the nuts to compliment different types of meals.

Basic Caramelized Walnuts

Heat 2/3 cup of sugar and ¼ cup of water in a large saucepan over medium-low heat.

Bring sugar mixture to a boil. Stir frequently to prevent burning with a nonstick rubber spatula. When mixture is ready, it will appear a golden-brown color.

Stir in 1 cup walnuts, halved, and fold until all nuts are covered.

Line a baking sheet with waxed paper. Pour covered nuts onto the waxed paper. Break up clusters and press flat with a spatula.

Allow to cool completely before enjoying. Store nuts in a cool, dry place until ready to be eaten. Use storage containers or sturdy sealable bags to prevent insects from being attracted to the sugar.

Sweet N’ Spicy Caramelized Walnuts

Repeat Steps 1 and 2 of Section 1.

Add 1 tsp. each of vanilla, cinnamon and salt to heated sugar mixture. Stir over very low heat until well blended.

Fold in 1 cup walnuts, halved.

Pour nuts onto a greased baking sheet or baking sheet lined with waxed paper.

Allow to cool completely before enjoying.

Hot N’ Spicy Caramelized Walnuts

Repeat Steps 1 and 2 of Section 1.

Add 1 tsp. each of wasabi powder and ginger to the sugar mixture.

Fold in 1 cup walnuts, halved, into mixture. Mix until nuts are fully covered.

Pour nuts onto a greased baking sheet or baking sheet with waxed paper on top.

Allow to cool completely.

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