While you might think of glazed walnuts as a holiday treat, you can make them any time of the year. Use them to top ice cream sundaes, cakes or use them in savory salads to add crunch and a hint of sweetness. Simple and straightforward to make, always take extra care when you're working with hot sugar because it can cause severe burns.
Mix granulated sugar and salt in a large, heavy skillet. For each 2 cups of walnuts, use 1/2 cup sugar and 1/4 teaspoon salt.
Cook the sugar mixture over medium heat until the sugar begins to melt. Add the walnuts to the skillet, stirring the mixture constantly.
Cook the sugar-nut mixture until the sugar is completely melted and turns a rich, golden brown.
Pour the nut mixture onto waxed paper and let cool slightly.
Separate the nuts.
Watch the nuts carefully because the sugar can quickly turn from golden brown to burned.