Vanilla Walnuts

  • Yield 10 to 12 servings

Make these to give away during the holidays.


1 pound walnut halves
3 tablespoons corn oil
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon allspice
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon white pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 325F.
  2. Bring a large pan of water to a boil.  Blanch walnuts 1 minute. Drain well.  Transfer to a bowl.  Blend corn oil with vanilla extract.  Pour over hot nuts.  Sprinkle in sugar and toss to mix well.  Let stand 10 minutes.  Arrange nuts on a rimmed baking tray.  Bake 30 to 35 minutes until nuts are light brown and crispy.  Stir nuts a few times during baking.  Combine remaining ingredients in a small bowl.  When nuts are done baking, transfer to a large bowl while still hot.  Toss with seasoning mixture.  Return to baking sheet and spread in a single layer to cool.  Serve at room temperature.


Recipe reprinted with permission from The Junior League of Seattle’s Simply Classic (The Junior League of Seattle, Washington, Inc., 2002).