Nuts are perfect for snacking! This easy cinnamon-spiced walnuts recipe is no exception! They are full of sweet delicious flavor. With just a few simple ingredients, you can enjoy these cinnamon sugar walnuts in about 20 minutes!
I love making spiced walnuts. I leave them out on the counter in a bowl, and everyone loves to grab some. Candied nuts also make great gifts! If you love candied nuts as much as we do, you will also want to try my Honey Roasted Cashews recipe.
Walnuts are healthy and a great way to entice kids to eat them. You can easily adjust of sugar you use in the recipe, making this cinnamon roasted walnuts recipe easy to customize.
Why This Recipe is Great:
- Cinnamon is a warm, comforting spice that gives the nuts a delicious aroma and flavor. It adds a sweet, slightly spicy, and fragrant taste that enhances the overall flavor of the nuts.
- Cinnamon-flavored nuts make a versatile snack. They can be eaten as a standalone snack, added to salads or yogurt, or used as a topping for oatmeal or smoothies.
- I love this recipe because it is so easy to make and much cheaper to make flavored nuts than to buy them in the store.
- Not only are these cinnamon-spiced walnuts easy to make, but they are also perfect for snacking!
These candied walnuts also make a perfect DIY holiday gift, teachers' gift, etc. They are naturally gluten free, dairy-free, and egg-free! If you love cinnamon, try my popular Gluten Free Cinnamon Rolls and these Gluten Free Brown Sugar Cinnamon Biscuits recipes.
- Walnuts - You can use walnut halves or pieces in this recipe. If you don't have walnuts, you can use ANY nuts for this candied nuts recipe.
- Sugar - White sugar works in this recipe. Coconut and brown sugars will not work well, so I do not recommend substituting them.
- Ground Cinnamon - Any variety.
Tips For Sucess:
🔑 Sandi says: The best way to ensure your recipe turns out is to use a candy thermometer to test that your sugar mixture is at the right temperature.
I love this candy thermometer because its clip fits onto the pan. This is a good way to monitor how hot your mixture is getting. It has a long stem so that you can fit it onto any size pot.
Recipe Step-By-Step Directions:
Step 1: In a small saucepan, heat the water, sugar, and cinnamon over medium heat.
Step 2: Place a candy thermometer in the pan and allow the ingredients to melt. DO NOT STIR until it reaches 238º F. This will take about 8 minutes.
Step 3: Preheat your oven to 350º F. Place the walnuts (or any nuts you plan to use) onto a baking sheet in a single layer. Bake for 10 minutes or until the nuts are lightly brown.
Step 4: Pour the nuts into a large bowl and pour the liquid sugar mixture on. You can see my photo in step 4. The steam blurred the photo. Mix well.
Step 5: Spread the walnut mixture onto a parchment paper-lined
After the walnuts have cooled, you can serve whole or crush them into small pieces and place them in a serving dish. Check out my candied walnuts web story for more tips!
Ways To Enjoy Candied Nuts:
- Sprinkled these cinnamon walnuts on yogurt
- Crushed to make a praline topping for cake or pie
- On your favorite ice cream
- By the hand full plain!
You can make this recipe with whole walnuts, halves, or pieces!
These walnuts should keep up to 1 week in a sealed container.
If your nuts were sticky, your sugar mixture wasn't hot enough to create that hardened, brittle effect.
You can fix the nuts on a parchment paper-lined
You can easily freeze these nuts. I put them into a freezer-safe baggie and freeze them. They should keep up to 2 months.
More Gluten Free Snack Ideas:
- Gluten Free Blueberry Scones - Scones make a great tea-time snack.
- Homemade Cinnamon Granola - Granola is one of my kids' favorite snacks. It is so easy to make too!
- Gluten Free Zucchini Muffins - These muffins make a great mid-day snack.
- Gluten Free Cheez It Crackers - These delicious crackers are tasty on their own or served with a dip.
Cinnamon Spiced Walnuts
- 1 ½ cups walnuts * see note
- ½ cup sugar
- 2 tablespoons water
- 1 ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon sea salt
- Preheat oven to 350º F.
- Place the walnuts on a baking sheet in a single layer. Bake for 10 minutes or until lightly brown.
- In a saucepan over medium heat add the sugar, water, salt, and ground cinnamon.
- Place a candy thermometer in the pan and allow the ingredients to melt. DO NOT STIR until it reaches 238 degrees. (This will take roughly 8 minutes.)
- Remove from heat and immediately stir the hot sugar mixture into the walnuts.
- Lightly spray a cooled baking sheet with non-stick spray. Spoon the walnut mixture onto it. (You can put the mixture onto parchment paper if you prefer for cooling.)
- After the walnut mix has cooled you can serve whole or crush them into small pieces and place in a serving dish. Snack on it, or add it as a topper to yogurt or ice cream!
- You can use walnut halves or pieces in this recipe.
- If you prefer, you can use pecans or any nuts you have on-hand. If you want to get fancy, you can add seeds like chia and sunflower to make a brittle.
- If your nuts mix turns out sticky, it means you didn't cook the sugar mixture until it was hot enough. To fix sticky nuts, place them onto a parchment paper lined cookie sheet and bake at 325º F for 5-15 minutes. Allow them to cool.
- These nuts will keep in an air-tight container up to 5 days. If you freeze them they will keep up to 2 months.
Please know that every gluten free flour blend has a different starch to grain ratio. If you use a blend I didn't test, you may need to adjust your moisture levels in your baked goods.
Nutritional information is an estimate provided to you as a courtesy. You should calculate the actual nutritional information with the products and brands you are using with your preferred nutritional calculator.
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