Spiced Walnuts Recipe: The Easiest Snack Ever

This spiced walnuts recipe is my latest discovery. A real breakthrough since it is quick and easy and the result qualifies as an unusual yet delicious desert or snack.

Recently a friend gave me a REALLY big bag of walnuts and since it’s important not to be wasteful, I needed to figure out what to do with them.

Not being that much of a “walnut person” I wanted a recipe that would be a good make-ahead cocktail snack or a nice hostess gifts and could be something to share with others. After all a big part of cooking is the joy of sharing, cooking in batches makes it easy.


spiced walnuts recipe ingredients


Ingredients For Spices Walnuts Recipe

  • 4 c walnuts
  • ½ c sugar
  • ¼ c water
  • 1 t thyme
  • 1 t black pepper
  • ½ t salt


spiced walnuts recipe preparation



  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a baking sheet.
  2. Heat sugar, water, thyme and black pepper in sauce pan over high heat. Mixture should be thick and syrupy. Lower heat, add walnuts and cook for about four minutes.
  3. Spread nut mixture onto baking sheet, sprinkle with salt and cook in the oven for about 20 minutes. Start checking after 10 minutes or so as these can burn quickly (that’s the voice of experience speaking).


spiced walnuts recipe snack


Top Tip

Feel free to try different combinations of spices. I like heat from pepper or chilis along with herbal notes, but you could also go more on the sweet side using anise, nutmeg, or other spices traditionally used in dessert cooking.


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Belinda is a writer, editor, explorer, cook and gardener. She loves to travel and goes wherever frequent flyer miles will take her. When she is not roving round the planet, diving in the sea, or skiing down a mountain she might be found working in her impractically large vegetable garden or sitting amidst a stack of cookbooks concocting ideas for some crazy new thing to cook in the kitchen. She has practiced yoga for twenty years and two years ago started a meditation practice, which is still very much a work in progress. She lives in Northern California.

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