How To Make Caramelized Walnuts

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Here’s a fantastic recipe for how to make candied walnuts, by Italian Chef Chicca Maione. She can even teach you the art of making candied walnuts in person through her cooking classes (If you are looking for a great vacation).

These caramelized walnuts are perfect to be paired with sheep’s milk cheeses, such as Pecorino Toscano, or to garnish with salads. The sweet-spicy coating of the nuts and their crunchy taste are a perfect contrast to the softness of the cheese. You can also drizzle some honey on top of the cheese and walnuts for even more sweetness!

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Let’s Make Caramelized Walnuts!

Diet Considerations

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Dairy-Free
  • Gluten-Free

Ingredients (Serves 5 – 8)

  • 100 gr / 4 oz walnuts
  • honey (optional)
  • 100 gr / 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • Pecorino Cheese (optional)
  • ground black pepper


Cook Time: 10 minutes.

  1. Heat the Skillet

    Heat a non-stick skillet over medium heat. Add walnuts, sugar, and sprinkle black pepper.

  2. Stir

    When the sugar starts melting, stir constantly until all sugar is melted and well mixed with the walnuts.

  3. Plate the Walnuts

    When sugar is caramelized and nuts are coated transfer them immediately in a plate or onto a cutting board. Separate the nuts right away, using a spoon if they are too hot. If you don’t separate them when sugar is still warm, they will turn in one big block!

  4. Optional – Slice the Cheese

    If you want to put the caramelized walnuts on pecorino cheese, all you need to do is slice the cheese into wedges, and place them on a plate. Add the walnuts on top!

  5. Optional – Add Honey

    Drizzle honey for added flavor!

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Plan it into your week

The best way to remember to make it is to plan for it. Learn about meal prep through our article Meal Prep 101, by dietician Shannon Costello.


Print out the ingredient list

Need the ingredients list on hand? Simply pull up the article on your phone (it’s mobile compatible) or click here to print it out.


Email Chicca for help

Chicca’s here to help. If you need assistance with the recipe, email her at


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About the Author

Chicca Maione

Chicca Maione

Italian Chef

Chicca is a Tuscan-based architect and passionate chef of home-cooked food. After many years of cooking for family and friends, she found her calling: teaching people how to cook authentic homemade food while sharing recipes and stories about her incredible culture. She has spread the traditional-Italian and typical-Tuscan cuisine in Italy and abroad for the past 19 years.
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* Recipe posted with permission from the author, Chicca Maione, at Cooking in Tuscany.

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