Sugar-Glazed Walnuts: A Yummy Treat

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  • 35 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins,
  • Cook: 30 mins
  • Yield: 2 pounds (32 servings)
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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.

What You'll Need

  • 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

How 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 silicon baking mat.
  4. Bake for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  5. The glaze will set-up as the walnuts cool.
  1. Store in airtight containers.
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
Calories 199
Total Fat 18 g
Saturated Fat 2 g
Unsaturated Fat 3 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 40 mg
Carbohydrates 7 g
Dietary Fiber 2 g
Protein 4 g
(The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)