Spicy Candied Walnuts

Preparation info
  • Makes

    2 cups

    • Difficulty


Appears in
The Bacon Bible

By Peter Sherman and Stephanie Banyas

Published 2019

  • About

This very simple, basic recipe for candied nuts can become a snack or a topping for a salad in less time than it would take you to drive to the store to buy them. You can substitute pecans, hazelnuts, even peanuts. I call for a pinch of cayenne, which technically is about ⅛ teaspoon, but feel free to add a bit more if you like spicy.


  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • ½ cup (100 g) sugar


Line a baking sheet with a Silpat or parchment paper.

In a medium nonstick sauté pan, combine the butter, sugar, and cayenne and cook over high heat until the butter and sugar have melted, about 3 minutes. Add the walnuts and cook, stirring constantly, until the nuts are coated and slightly caramelized, about 5 minutes.

Transfer the nuts immediately to the prepared baking sheet.