Paige’s Hot Peppered Candied Walnuts

Hot and sweet, these make a great cocktail snack. Nibble with a dry martini and slip in a James Bond movie for an elegant, fun night.

Paige’s Hot Peppered Candied Walnuts
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Serves: 2 cup
  • ¾ cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 cups walnuts
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Place ¾ cup sugar in a small skillet and cook over high heat until it turns a light caramel color, about 4- 5 minutes. Add the butter and stir to combine. Add the nuts and stir to coat.
  3. Transfer the nuts to the prepared sheet and arrange in a single layer. Place in the oven and bake, tossing every 5 minutes, until the nuts are toasted, about 15 minutes.
  4. Pour the nuts into a mixing bowl, add the salt and spices and the remaining 2 tablespoons sugar and very quickly toss the nuts (like flipping pancakes) again and again to coat them evenly. Immediately spread onto a piece of parchment and separate with a fork to cool. Allow to cool completely.