Spicy Maple Glazed Walnuts

These walnuts are really good!  I mean that they are fantastic,  irresistible and purely addictive. Try them and you will not be disappointed in fact you will love the results or either hate me for posting this recipe  that you will not be able to  stop eating even if you wanted to.

I love the salt and the sweet together.  They were great on this salad.  But, you don’t have to put them with anything.  You could snack on them all day long.  I am not kidding.  I put the leftovers in a bag in the pantry and every time I was in the kitchen they kept calling my name.    

I changed the recipe a bit.   First of all I had no maple syrup.  I just used plain pancake syrup.  And I totally misread the directions and added all the spices to the syrup. After pouring them on parchment paper to dry and waiting over thirty minutes I got impatient and put them in a  325 degree oven for about  15 minutes .  I loved them.  They were perfectly glazed and yummy.    

The second time I followed the recipe to a T.  They were good, but I liked my mistake better!    Here is the recipe for you to try and with the holidays coming up they will make a perfect gift!

Spicy Maple Glazed Walnuts   from Shutterbean

Makes 2 cups

  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 2 cups walnuts
  1. In a small bowl, mix together the sugar, salt, black pepper, cayenne, ginger and cinnamon; set aside.  Pour the maple syrup into a large bowl and set aside. ( I mixed these in the same bowl)
  2. In a large nonstick skillet, toast the walnuts over medium-high heat, stirring or shaking the pan constantly, until they are hot, about 5 minutes.  Be careful not to burn. Immediately add the nuts to the maple syrup and toss to coat.  Stir in the spice mixture until the nuts are evenly coated.  Spread the walnuts in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet.  Let cool completely before serving about 20 minutes. 
  3. I placed them on parchment paper and after 30 minutes placed them in a 325 degree oven for about 15 minutes or until the sugar  glazed.

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48 responses to “Spicy Maple Glazed Walnuts

  1. Stephanie

    Oh that sounds so delicious! I like my maple glazed walnuts just fine, but I think I’ll like to follow your recipe next time and add in some spices to spike up the flavour even more.

  2. I like to have a bowl of spiced pecans in the kitchen when family arrives for Thanksgiving – I’ll have to try this recipe!

  3. Looks yummy! Instead of cinnamon, I have discovered that I love Chinese 5 spice on mine and they are really yummy, too!

  4. I’m going to try this with pecans….walnuts are so bitter, I’ve always thought. I rarely cook with them…isn’t that odd?

  5. Oooh, I was just thinking of making some candied walnuts, but didn’t have a recipe. This one looks delish!

  6. These are beautiful candied walnuts. Perfect for the holidays or entertaining. Love it! Thanks for sharing.

  7. Haley V.

    I absolutley love walnuts. And the idea of making them spicy just makes me want some right this second. I learned that sometimes mistakes are better then the actual thing.

  8. Jessica Headen

    I didn’t know that it was possible to burn a nut.

  9. Nicole Fasick

    I learned that you shouldn’t mix the spices with the syrup right away.

  10. KhaMaria Jones

    Did putting the walnuts in the oven make them glaze faster? What is the difference between maple syrup and pancake syrup?

  11. brett

    don’t mix the spices with the syrup.

  12. Ladd Morgan

    I would’ve never thought that the sweetness from the maple syrup and the saltiness from the walnuts, along with the little kick from the black and cayenne pepper would make for a delicious taste!

  13. Heather

    I love walnuts!

  14. Katy Burger

    I learned you can speed up the drying process by putting them in the oven for a bit.

  15. jonathan 1st

    can you use cashews instead of walnuts

  16. Mandi 1st

    I learned that sometimes making a mistake ends up being a really good thing, and also ends up tasting better than the original!

  17. Brittany M

    Is it possible to do this with pecans not to much of a fan of pecans? But its a realy good idea for a holiday or when family is visiting

  18. Megan w

    I didn’t know that you would have to set them out for the sugar to glaze.

  19. Jessica Turner

    Well you learn from your mistakes and this time you learned that ur mistake was better from the original recipe but you should try new things anyway so thats good.

  20. kristin

    i didn’t know you made it with a skillet!

  21. Bethanie1st

    i didnt know there were so many ingrediants involved. im not a big fan of walnuts.

  22. Kateca F

    I never knew that sugar actually took time to glaze.

  23. Alexis D. 1st

    I learned that you can actually burn walnuts and that sometimes making a mistake can actually turn out to be a good thing!

  24. taryn 1 st period

    I didn’t know that this was such a short easy fun snack

  25. avery 1

    I didn’t know that you could fry or cook a walnut or any other kind of nut. I think thats a really cool cooking style.

  26. Mariama

    My mom loves walnuts! I’ll be sure to try out this recipe just for her! Its weird how you can mess up a recipe yet it can turn out better than the original!

  27. Kayla Daniels

    I didn’t know you could make spicy walnuts.

  28. Le'Keitha

    I just learned that making spicy walnuts is possible I bet there great

  29. Adam

    I learned that pancake syrup tastes better in this particular recipe than the maple syrup.

  30. anissa g beason

    why spicy?

  31. Chase DuCharme

    I learned that making a mistake in the recipe may end up making them taste better than how they were suppose to turn out.

  32. Olivia Jarriel

    I didn’t know you could burn nuts.

  33. Kaytlyn 2nd

    Did the walnuts taste sweet and spicy?

  34. Myah Edwards(:*

    I learned that you can put them in the oven to make them dry faster.

  35. Jenna Hanson

    I learned that you shouldn’t add all the spices to syrup, but it will turn out just fine anyways.

  36. liz 2nd

    i didnt know that you could make a mistake and actually make it turn out better.

  37. BrittanyJ

    I didn’t think you could burn a walnut

  38. Leka Labat

    I didnt know that you can make nuts spicy

  39. Austin Whiteley

    its cool that putting things in the oven speeds up the drying process!

  40. Abigail Kremer

    I didn’t know you could add cayenne pepper to something like a walnut and it would still taste good.

  41. shiya hargrow

    these walnuts must be super spicy because i know that cayenne pepper is a very zesty ingredient.

  42. ronda

    didnt know you had to use a non stick pan

  43. jasmine mccoy

    i learned that u have to brun a walnut to get it to come out just right

  44. kelsey 2nd

    i learned putting them in the oven made them dry faster.

  45. Savoi

    I learned that you should not mix the spices and the syrup. The walnuts look very interesting to try.

  46. Ethan Way 1st

    These look extremely easy to make. And could do the same recipe but with walnuts though.

  47. Lucinda

    I love walnuts and now I know that I can make this recipe and eat them by hand or even put them in salad as a topper.

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