Spicy Maple Glazed Walnuts

spicy maple glazed walnuts

Ummmmm if you want to save your diet, DO NOT MAKE THESE.

They are irresistible!

I've never had such a perfect blend of salty and sweet in my LIFE. I left them on the kitchen island last night and noticed that Casey had an affinity for them too! I told him to try some and he said "Believe me, I already have! I could eat the whole container." Luckily he didn't, cuz momma wants some too!

They are that good, folks!

I am trying to orchestrate all my baking/cooking so I am not doing it all at the last minute. I tried these yesterday so I could see how long they stay fresh. I figure they should be good for another few days. Although I have a feeling they won't last that long to find out.

Oh yeah- the best part of them is that they require NO baking!

spices anyone?

2 cups of NUTS


stirring in progess. quiet please.

finishing up

a spicy/sweet mess

Spicy Maple Glazed Walnuts
(recipe from Rachael Ray Magazine)
Makes 2 cups


-1/4 cup sugar
-1 teaspoon salt
-1/4 teaspoon black pepper
-1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
-1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
-1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
-3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
-2 cups (about 7 ounces) walnuts

1. In a small bowl, mix together the sugar, salt, black pepper, cayenne, ginger and cinnamon; set aside. Pour the maple syrup into a large bowl and set aside.

2. In a large nonstick skillet, toast the walnuts over medium-high heat, stirring or shaking the pan constantly, until they are hot, about 5 minutes. Immediately add the nuts to the maple syrup and toss to coat. Stir in the spice mixture until the nuts are evenly coated. Spread the walnuts in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet. Let cool completely before serving, about 20 minutes.

So good when it hits your lips!

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  • Puhvis Kukk
    December 17, 2008

    I cannot believe you read Rachel Ray magazine! Maybe it's because you don't see her TV show on foodnetwork. Headache inducing, I tell you! She has to be one of the most annoying people out there. Am doubtful of her culinary skills tooooooooo

    • December 17, 2008

      Puhvis- I absolutely cannot stand her! She bugs me BIG TIME. But sometimes when I find myself needing a food magazine, I pick one up on the stands. This one I used happened to be from last year when I was trying to figure out what to make for xmas gifts!

      You will NEVER catch me watching her show. TORTURE.

  • December 17, 2008

    YUMMMMMM!!!!!!!!!!!!! I will have to add them to my list to try!

  • December 18, 2008

    oh man, SOOO making these. wonderful pictures!

  • December 18, 2008

    Thanks for the recipe. I love making different recipes for nuts around the Holidays. Great pictures on your blog.

  • Summers Love
    December 20, 2008

    I made these yesterday , I had an empty clean jam jar which I filled with them for my parents, and made a nice cellophane baggie of them for the post man - they are ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS !

  • December 20, 2008

    thank you everyone!

    so glad they were a hit Summers Love! I am giving all of mine away tomorrow! so sad!

  • Reya
    December 23, 2008

    Oh yes, so glad you posted the recipe! Would it be a total disaster to leave out the ginger? I've got everything else at home, and not really in the mood to face those crowds in the supermarket again.

  • December 23, 2008

    i don't think it would be too bad! it's really the cayenne that you SHOULD NOT leave out!

  • December 23, 2008

    Thanks for posting the recipe! I made a double batch of these on Saturday - one for the hostess of the caroling party we were headed to and one for Mom & Dad. They were a hit and SUPER easy and quick. Definitely a keeper!

  • reya
    December 24, 2008

    Made two batches of these yesterday, and boy were they good! I've packaged up three bags to give away to some lucky folk. Didn't miss the ginger at all!

  • Sarah
    January 3, 2009

    Hi Tracy - Mine never really dried all the way and were tacky - when I put them into a container, they all stuck together. :( Any ideas?

  • January 3, 2009

    sarah- when you spread them on the cookie sheet- did you make sure that they weren't touching? when i doubled the batch, i noticed that a lot of them were sticking and still kinda wet because I didn't give them enough space to dry out. Perhaps that could be the problem?

    I hope that helps


  • September 3, 2010

    I just made these. You are evil, Bean.
    I still love ewe.

  • Kimberly
    July 10, 2011

    Oh my, these are just ridiculously good. I made them tonight to give as a birthday gift to a co-worker, and let me tell you, she's lucky I like her so much because they would otherwise be gone by morning.

    Thanks for the recipe, Tracy. This is definitely going in the "make again (and again)" file. :)

  • Beth
    December 2, 2011

    I'm thinking pecans would be even more scrumptious and amazing! Trying these soon!

  • emily
    December 23, 2011

    I'm making these tomorrow for my new boyfriends family christmas get together! Wish me luck!

  • emily
    December 24, 2011

    Omg these turned out so good! Yum!

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