I originally made these Candied Walnuts with Balsamic & Rosemary to add to a salad, but they have become a favorite snack as well! These things are truly addictive! Indescribably delicious! Fabulous! Amazing! and every other wonderful description you can imagine. Did I mention how much I love these?
As you can see from the photo, this can also be made using pecans. I didn’t have enough walnuts for the entire recipe so I used a combination of both walnuts and pecans. You can use either or both.
Balsamic Vinegar has a sweet and sour taste to it but is not overly acidic. It pairs beautifully with the nuts and the rosemary which lends an earthy quality to it.
This is such an easy recipe to prepare. In a medium saucepan, add all the ingredients EXCEPT the nuts. Over low heat, simmer until the butter is melted and the sugar is completely dissolved. This will take 3-4 minutes.
Remove from the heat and stir in the nuts, mixing to make sure they are all thoroughly coated.
Place a sheet of aluminum foil on the baking sheet. Spray lightly with non-stick spray. Spread the nuts evenly over the sheet pan.
Bake in a preheated 350-degree oven for 15-17 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes or so to prevent them from burning.
Take them out of the oven and transfer them to a sheet of parchment paper. Using forks, break apart the nuts and them cool.
These Candied Walnuts are delicious on salads, over ice cream, crumbled over fruit parfaits, or as a snack. I am so proud of myself for not eating them all before dinner was served.
Candied Walnuts with Balsamic & Rosemary
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- 1 tablespoon rosemary, finely chopped
- pinch of salt
- 2 cups walnuts or pecans, or a combination of both
- In a medium saucepan, add all the ingredients EXCEPT for the nuts. Over a low heat, simmer until the butter is melted and the sugar has dissolved.
- Remove from the heat and add the nuts. Stir to coat all the nuts well.
- Place aluminum foil over a large baking sheet. Lightly spray with non-stick spray. Spread the nuts evenly in a single layer.
- Bake in a preheated 350-degree oven for 15-17 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes to prevent sticking.
- Remove the nuts from the oven and spoon onto a sheet of parchment paper. Use forks to break apart the nuts. Allow to cool.
If you need a salad recipe to try these Candied Walnuts on, check out this Arugula & Spinach Salad with Apples