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Sugared Black Walnuts

Black walnuts

Black walnuts

Sugared Black Walnuts

Yield | 1¼ cups |

  • 3 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 Tbsp water
  • 1 cup black walnuts, coarsely chopped

| Preparation | Preheat oven to 300˚F. Line a lipped sheet pan with parchment paper. Set aside.

Combine sugar and water in a heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium-high heat and stir to incorporate. Allow to come to a boil without disturbing.

Once mixture has come to a full boil, remove from heat and add walnuts, tossing quickly with a rubber spatula to coat nuts evenly. Spread in a single layer onto prepared sheet pan and bake for 20 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes while they dry and harden.

Remove from oven and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Break into pieces and store in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

Serve over Winter Wild Rice Salad or use for Cherry Black Walnut Ice Cream.

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Shannon Weber is the creator, author and photographer behind the award-winning blogaperiodictableblog.com, and her work has appeared on websites such as Bon Appétit, Serious Eats and America’s Test Kitchen.

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