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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  • smin

    I don’t have a candy thermometer. when do I stop cooking the sugar mixture?

  • Erwin

    Mmmm, this sound tasty! What does the sour cream do, exactly?

  • Becky

    If you cooked the sour cream at that high of a temperature wouldnt it curdle?

  • Lisa

    Ok, am I stupid or what, but what do you mean with “1 teaspoon of vanilla”? All I know is that vanilla comes in seeds from pods, or in essence or as sugar. Is this an American thing?
    Please please enlighten me…, ’cause I would really love to make these.

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