Sugar-Glazed Walnuts: A Yummy Treat

Sugar-glazed walnuts
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  • Total: 35 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 30 mins
  • Yield: 2 pounds
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
199 Calories
18g Fat
7g Carbs
4g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 2 pounds
Amount per serving
Calories 199
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 18g 24%
Saturated Fat 2g 9%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 40mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 7g 3%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Protein 4g
Calcium 31mg 2%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This sugar-glazed walnuts recipe produces a sweet, crunchy and irresistible treat. Sugar-glazed walnuts are great on salads, as an oatmeal or granola cereal addition or just as a sweet snack. Make them part of a party buffet, presented in a big glass jar so the nuts add to the visual display. They also can be packaged and used as an edible gourmet gift during the winter holidays.

Glazed walnuts are a partially nutritious snack since the nuts contain healthy fats; one-fourth cup contains 17 grams, most of it unsaturated. But glazed walnuts also are loaded up with sugar, and one-fourth cup contains about 10 grams of carbohydrates. Because of their high-fat content and added sugar, they pack on about 200 calories per one-fourth cup. Portion control is a must.


  • 2 pounds walnut halves
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Steps to Make It

  1. Preheat the oven to 300 F.

  2. Combine the walnuts, egg white, brown sugar, salt, and cayenne pepper in a mixing bowl and toss with a spoon until the sugar blends and all the walnuts are well coated.

  3. Using a slotted spoon, so that the excess sugar glaze drips through, transfer the walnuts to a lined baking sheet, either foil, parchment or a silicone baking mat.

  4. Bake for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  5. The glaze will set-up as the walnuts cool.

  6. Store in airtight containers.