Nutty Nuts


Preparation info

  • Difficulty


  • Makes about

    1½ cups

Appears in

A Passion for Ice Cream

A Passion for Ice Cream

By Emily Luchetti

Published 2006

  • About

Nuts offer texture to an ice cream dessert. The contrast between the cook smooth, creamy ice cream and the crunchy nuts wakes up all your taste buds. Nuts also cut the richness of ice cream. Nut-flavored ice creams, like butter pecan or maple walnut, don’t offer the same contrast-the nuts need to be sprinkled on top of and around the dessert. Coating them with sugar and corn syrup and baking them makes them extra crunchy and a little bit sweet so they blend well with the dessert.


  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon corn syrup
  • Large pinch of kosher salt
  • cups (7 ounces) almonds, skinned hazelnuts, macadamias, walnuts, pecans, pistachios, or any combination


Preheat the oven to 350°F. Stir together the sugar, water, corn syrup, and salt in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Turn off the heat. Stir in the nuts until completely coated. Spread in a single layer in a baking pan. Bake for 5 minutes and gently stir the nuts. Continue to bake until golden brown, about 8 minutes more. Let cool and then store in an airtight container.

In Advance

Nutty Nuts can be made up to 1 week in advance.