Caramel Walnuts


Walnut candy, made with walnut halves coated with a homemade caramel candy sauce.

Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

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

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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 Make the caramel base: 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 or digital thermometer, stirring occasionally.

2 Add walnuts, vanilla: Add the walnuts and a teaspoon of vanilla. Stir until the walnuts are creamy.

3 Remove from pan and separate: Remove pan from heat and spread the walnuts out on parchment paper or Silpat. Separate using 2 forks if necessary. Let cool to harden.

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Elise Bauer

Elise Bauer is the founder of Simply Recipes. Elise launched Simply Recipes in 2003 as a way to keep track of her family's recipes, and along the way grew it into one of the most popular cooking websites in the world. Elise is dedicated to helping home cooks be successful in the kitchen. Elise is a graduate of Stanford University, and lives in Sacramento, California.

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  1. Edie

    Followed directions exactly, using a candy thermometer I use all the time. Mine were white too. They weren’t caramel-ly at all. They were dry and crumbly.


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  2. Patricia Vannest

    I made this today and although it tastes delicious and is very caramel tasting, it did not get that golden brown caramel color that is on the recipe picture. It’s almost white. I followed the recipe exactly, used a heavy pan and a candy thermometer, I’m just a little puzzled as to how you achieved the color in the picture on the recipe. Help!

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  3. Daisy

    Came out delis, only thing I did different is I added 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter because I love a buttery caramel.

  4. Kris

    can these be made ahead of time and frozen? I’d like to make them for gifts

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  5. 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.

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