Vanilla Walnuts

  • Yield: 10 to 12 servings


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