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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Showing 4 of 15 Comments / Reviews

  • Daisy

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

  • Kris

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

  • Lady Amalthea

    These look amazing. How necessary is a candy thermometer?

  • 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?

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