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.

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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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. Daisy

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

  2. Kris

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

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  3. 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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  4. 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

  5. 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!

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