Caramel Walnuts


These homemade, candied caramel walnuts are a little sticky, and a little chewy, but oh so good.

Caramel Walnuts Recipe

  • Cook time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: Makes 2 cups candied walnuts.


  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 Tbsp milk
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 cups of walnut halves
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract


1 In a small, thick-bottomed saucepan, mix together and heat the sour cream, salt, milk, and sugar. Heat until the temperature reads 240°F on a candy thermometer, stirring occasionally.

2 Add the walnuts and a teaspoon of vanilla. Stir until the walnuts are creamy. Remove pan from heat and spread the walnuts out on wax paper or Silpat. Separate using 2 forks if necessary. Let cool to harden.

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  • Mark

    I have been thinking about coating pecans, not walnuts, with caramel and then coating them with chocolate. Somebody already sells them but I want to make my own.

  • Jurgens

    Has anyone tried using brown sugar? What are your results? I am debating whether or not to try it with regular or brown sugar tonight.

  • denise

    Does anyone have any thoughts on substituting plain yogurt for sour cream? I haven’t tried this recipe but it looks easy and very tasty

  • Jessica

    I just finished making these and they turned out beautifully! The end product looks and tastes deceptively labor intensive, but the recipe was so quick and simple. I look forward to adapting this recipe to some different additions. Also, while I don’t think it made a difference, I used a digital meat thermometer rather than one specifically for candy. They still turned out great. Thanks for the recipe!

  • mishmish

    Hi Lisa …, you can buy Vanilla not only as pods but also liquid ” Vanilla Extract” if you couldn’t find it you can use vanilla powder “vanilla sugar “.

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